News from the Library of Congress

May 2017

  • May 1, 2017  (17-062)
    Library Investigates "Mostly Lost" Films The Library of Congress has a casting call out for scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts to participate in a cinematic treasure hunt by registering for its free “Mostly Lost” workshop at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia, Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17.  The quest of the film detectives is to find clues that will lead to the identification of...
    • Date: 2017-05-01

April 2017

  • April 24, 2017  (17-056)
    Forthcoming Events at the Library of Congress May-July 2017 Note: Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code; additional venue information provided below listingsMay 1 – June 30DISPLAYOngoing display of JFK materials that includes special biographical information about JFK and books written by the former president. Also featured are books about Kennedy in foreign languages. Available for view Monday - Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall South...
    • Date: 2017-04-24
  • April 21, 2017  (17-058)
    Author Will Discuss Young People's Book on Famous Interracial Marriage Case The author of a book for young people about a famous legal case that cleared the way for interracial marriage in the United States will speak at the Library of Congress on May 3, as this year’s Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program.Patricia Hruby Powell will speak about her new book, “Loving vs. Virginia,” which features illustrations by Shadra Strickland. Powell will lead a program...
    • Date: 2017-04-21
  • April 17, 2017  (17-055)
    Library Presents Lectures on Maps of World War I The Library of Congress and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society will present “Mapping the Great War,” a program on May 25 featuring two lectures on the maps of World War I.The event will start at noon on Thursday, May 25, in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.The program, free and...
    • Date: 2017-04-17
  • April 11, 2017  (17-053)
    Library Marks 100th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's Birth The Library of Congress will mark the centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birthday with special programming, including a film, lectures and a three-month display of the former president’s biographical materials and books.All programs are free and open to the public.  Tickets are not needed.  Except for the film, the events will take place in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
    • Date: 2017-04-11
  • April 7, 2017  (17-047)
    Kluge Center to Host Panel on Religious Belief in American History, May 4 The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will host a panel discussion in May that will take a historical look at religious belief in America. From 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, three noted historians—John Witte, Sarah Barringer Gordon and Peter Manseau—will participate in a panel discussion on “Religion in American History: Moments of Crisis and Opportunity.”  The program will...
    • Date: 2017-04-07
  • April 4, 2017  (17-044)
    "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" Opens Today The Library of Congress today opens a major exhibition to commemorate the centennial of World War I.  “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” tells the stories of Americans in the war, through correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project.The exhibition is located in the Southwest Gallery on the...
    • Date: 2017-04-04

March 2017

  • March 31, 2017  (17-040)
    Library Offers Events and Initiatives to Commemorate World War I The Library of Congress continues its array of programming to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.  The events and initiatives include exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, War Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the...
    • Date: 2017-03-31
  • March 30, 2017  (17-041)
    Book Talk to Explore How Spain and France Helped America Win the Revolution According to author Larrie D. Ferreiro, the American Revolution had little chance of being won by the American colonists, if it had not been for the assistance of French and Spanish soldiers, money and weapons. In “Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It” (Knopf, 2016), Ferreiro discusses the odds against an American victory, with the colonists...
    • Date: 2017-03-30
  • March 29, 2017  (17-029)
    National Recording Registry Picks Are "Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-29
  • March 28, 2017  (17-037)
    Library Announces Diverse Lineup of Authors for 2017 National Book Festival The Library of Congress announced today that dozens of best-selling authors will speak and meet the public at the 17th annual National Book Festival. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.), at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.The diverse lineup of authors, poets and illustrators already committed...
    • Date: 2017-03-28
  • March 27, 2017  (17-039)
    Wayne Wiegand, Timothy Breen, and Jose Casanova To Deliver Kluge Center Lectures Three lectures at the John W. Kluge Center this April and May will consider the distinctive role of public-school libraries; new perspectives on the American Revolution; and globalization through the prism of religion.  The lectures will feature the work of senior scholars who have spent time in residence at the Library of Congress during the spring.The events, which are free and open to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-27
  • March 24, 2017  (17-034)
    Library Publishes New Book, "Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps" Designed to educate, amuse, or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography. A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby, celebrates these vibrant maps, tracing their development and...
    • Date: 2017-03-24
  • March 23, 2017  (17-027)
    Library to Host Series of Disco Events The Library of Congress is presenting a series of disco-themed events to celebrate and memorialize the era of the mid-1970s and early 1980s that changed American art, fashion, language and sound. “Bibliodiscotheque” will include two months of programs such as film screenings, lectures and a symposium followed by a disco party featuring Gloria Gaynor.“The disco era has left a lasting mark on our culture,”...
    • Date: 2017-03-23
  • March 20, 2017  (17-036)
    Library Acquires Archives of Master Photographer Bob Adelman The Library of Congress today announced the acquisition of the archives of Bob Adelman, one of the best-known photographers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The collection, containing 575,000 high-quality images, was given to the Library as a gift from an anonymous donor.The materials, which represent a wide range of images covering the latter half of the 20th century, will be housed...
    • Date: 2017-03-20
  • March 13, 2017  (17-030)
    World War I, Art House and Comedy Films Featured in April The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA will commemorate the centenary of the U.S. entry into the First World War with three films set during the “War to End All Wars.” Titles include Howard Hawks' biographical film “Sergeant York,” which was added to the National Film Registry in 2008. Screenings are part of a series of Library events...
    • Date: 2017-03-13
  • March 13, 2017  (17-032)
    Israeli Violinmaker Amnon Weinstein to Speak on "The Violins of Hope" March 23 Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violinmaker whose project “Violins of Hope,” locating and restoring violins played by Jewish victims of the Holocaust to commemorate their lives and bring hope to new generations, will speak about the project at the Library of Congress on Thursday, March 23 at noon. As part of the presentation, internationally known violinist Hannah Tarley will play musical selections on one of...
    • Date: 2017-03-13
  • March 7, 2017  (17-022)
    "Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations" Opens April 27 A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, “Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustrations,” will feature original art that captures the drama of high-profile court cases in the last 50 years.The exhibition will open on Thursday, April 27, 2017, and close on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017*, in the South Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
    • Date: 2017-03-07
  • March 6, 2017  (17-023)
    Special Display on Fort Ord at Library, March 17 The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project will present a special display of materials relating to the former Fort Ord, once the largest U.S. Army base in the American West, on March 17.  The presentation is being held in conjunction with two films that will be shown at the National Gallery of Art on March 18.The display, which is free and open to the...
    • Date: 2017-03-06
  • March 6, 2017  (17-026)
    New Web Feature Highlights Veterans Living with PTSD The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched “PTSD: A Lasting Impact of War,” the latest installment in its online “Experiencing War” website series.The site examines 12 digitized collections found in the VHP archive, all of which include veterans describing their military service, its impact on their mental health and the challenges they have faced in finding the care they need while living with post-traumatic...
    • Date: 2017-03-06
  • March 3, 2017  (17-024)
    Director James Schamus to Screen "Indignation" at Library Film director James Schamus will screen his film “Indignation” and field questions from film historian David Bordwell at the Library of Congress on March 13.“James Schamus on Philip Roth and the Art of Adaptation” will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 13, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave, S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-03-03

February 2017

  • February 14, 2017  (17-017)
    New Book Documents Civil Rights Movement In Photos from Outside Southern U.S. Iconic images of the civil rights movement were largely photographed in the South. In a new volume of extraordinary photographs, historian Mark Speltz focuses on compelling civil rights images from north of the Mason-Dixon line, in places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Speltz will discuss and sign his book, “North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South” (J. Paul Getty Museum,...
    • Date: 2017-02-14
  • February 11, 2017  (17-019)
    Library's Packard Campus Theater Celebrates Women Filmmakers The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., will celebrate Women’s History Month by screening 15 features and a short, directed and/or written by women. The titles span from the silent era of comedy with Dorothy Arzner’s 1927 “Get Your Man” (a recent Library of Congress restoration) through the 21st Century with Maggie Greenwald’s “Songcatcher” (2000) and Sophia Coppola’s...
    • Date: 2017-02-11
  • February 7, 2017  (17-015)
    "#Opera Before Instagram" Exhibition Travels to Los Angeles The Library of Congress exhibition “#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955” will travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.Free and open to the public, the exhibition will close on Aug. 19, 2017.         “#Opera Before Instagram” presents photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late...
    • Date: 2017-02-07
  • February 7, 2017  (17-016)
    Pioneer in African-American History Is Subject of Book Discussion Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925) was only the second African American to work at the Library of Congress when he joined the staff in 1871; 10 years later he became assistant librarian, a position he held for 41 years. Murray bequeathed his papers to the Library upon his death in 1925.The story of Murray and the rise and fall of America’s black upper class...
    • Date: 2017-02-07

January 2017

  • January 27, 2017  (17-011)
    Library to Host Events in Celebration of National Cherry Blossom Festival The Library of Congress will host Japanese Culture Day on March 25 and a panel discussion on bonsai trees on April 11, in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the annual celebration in Washington, D.C., of its gift of cherry trees from Japan.Japanese Culture Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 in the Young Readers Center...
    • Date: 2017-01-27
  • January 25, 2017  (17-010)
    Library to Offer Array of Events and Initiatives to Mark the U.S. Entry into World War I To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I, the Library of Congress is offering an array of exhibitions, lectures, symposia, blogs, publications, digitized collections, Victory Gardens, veterans’ stories, educational tools, film programs and research guides.The Library is uniquely prepared to tell the story of U.S. participation in World War I, because it holds the largest multi-format collection of materials...
    • Date: 2017-01-25
  • January 24, 2017  (17-009)
    Major Exhibition on World War I The stories of Americans in World War I—General John J. Pershing, soldiers, nurses and Red Cross volunteers—will come to light in a major exhibition at the Library of Congress opening April 4.“Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” will open Tuesday, April 4, in the Southwest Gallery on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St....
    • Date: 2017-01-24
  • January 12, 2017  (17-002)
    New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9.  They will conduct research at the Library for four months.David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a film theorist and historian. He has written more than 15 volumes...
    • Date: 2017-01-12
  • January 11, 2017  (17-003)
    "Baseball's Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game" Exhibit Opens Feb. 9 Long before the speakers at Wrigley Field blasted Steve Goodman’s “Go, Cubs, Go” after each triumphant Cubs game and long before players approached the batter’s box with their signature walk-up songs, music and baseball have been indelibly intertwined. A new exhibition at the Library of Congress will look at this winning combination, from before the Civil War to the present day.“Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The...
    • Date: 2017-01-11
  • January 10, 2017  (17-004)
    Library of Congress Looks at Presidential Inaugurations in Wide-Ranging Display from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4 A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures—the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln—and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs.  The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.“Presidential Inauguration Treasures” will be on view from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4,...
    • Date: 2017-01-10

December 2016

  • December 21, 2016  (16-213)
    New Selection of Artwork Now on Display in "WWI: American Artists View the Great War" Exhibition A new selection of 28 posters, prints, drawings and photographs is now on display in the ongoing Library of Congress exhibition “World War I: American Artists View the Great War.” The exhibition opened in May 2016 and is on view through Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington,...
    • Date: 2016-12-21
  • December 1, 2016  (16-206)
    Symposium on Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States, Dec. 15 Contemporary African immigration and African communities in the United States will be the focus of a half-day symposium at the Library of Congress.“Contemporary African Immigrants in the United States” will be hosted by Toyin Falola, the John W. Kluge Center Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress.  The symposium will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m....
    • Date: 2016-12-01

November 2016

  • November 23, 2016  (16-203)
    Book Talk Highlights James Madison's Pivotal Role in American Government Michael Signer will discuss and sign his new book, “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father” (Public Affairs, 2015) on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, located on the ground floor of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress...
    • Date: 2016-11-23
  • November 4, 2016  (16-196)
    New Director Appointed to Lead Veterans History Project Karen D. Lloyd has been appointed director of the Veterans History Project (VHP), a program of the American Folklife Center. Lloyd has served as acting director since September 2016.
    • Date: 2016-11-04

October 2016

  • October 19, 2016  (16-186)
    First Lady Louisa Adams Is Subject of Book Discussion In “Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams," author Louisa Thomas presents the first comprehensive biography of the nation’s only foreign-born first lady.
    • Date: 2016-10-19
  • October 18, 2016  (16-185)
    Library Presents Multimedia Web Presentation of Political, Cultural Icons The Library of Congress unveiled today a new web presentation of speeches from the National Press Club that features speeches by 25 of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period.
    • Date: 2016-10-18

August 2016

July 2016

  • July 27, 2016  (16-125)
    Library of Congress Junior Fellows Display Collection Treasures The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns today presentedmore than 100 rare and unique items from 17 Library divisions. The display provides the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched during their 10-week internship.
    • Date: 2016-07-27
  • July 26, 2016  (16-116)
    Veterans History Project Recognizes LGBT Veterans in New Web Feature The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched the next installment of its ongoing “Experiencing War” website feature. The new installment recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) veterans who served in conflicts from WWII to the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    • Date: 2016-07-26

June 2016

  • June 2, 2016  (16-097)
    Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets The Library of Congress has introduced new Student Disovery sets for tablets including the first periodic table of chemical elements, Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten record of temperatures at Monticello and eye-popping posters documenting public programs during the Great Depression.
    • Date: 2016-06-02

May 2016

December 2015

  • December 22, 2015  (15-222)
    Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Bay Psalm Book Exhibitions Close on Jan. 2 Twelve days remain to view the Library of Congress exhibitions “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” and “First Among Many: The Bay Psalm Book and Early Moments in American Printing.” Both exhibitions close at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2.
    • Date: 2015-12-22
  • December 18, 2015  (15-221)
    Library of Congress to Receive 9/11-Responder Oral History Collection The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center will become the home of a significant collection of oral histories provided by responders to the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the New York World Trade Center, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel announced today.
    • Date: 2015-12-18
  • December 16, 2015  (15-216)
    2015 National Film Registry: "Ghostbusters" Gets the Call Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures of cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2015-12-16
  • December 3, 2015  (15-208)
    Library Acquires the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams Collection The Library of Congress has taken another step in its effort to preserve American television and video by acquiring a collection of kinescopes, videotapes, 16 mm and Super 8 home movies of legendary comedian Ernie Kovacs and his wife, singer-actress-comedienne Edie Adams.
    • Date: 2015-12-03

November 2015