Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s...
January 31, 2019
New Exhibition "Art in Action" Examines Socially-Engaged Art
A new exhibition, “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times,” pairs original drawings by editorial cartoonist Herblock with historical and contemporary artists’ prints, drawings and posters that respond to major issues from the 17th century to the present day. “Art in Action” opens at the Library of Congress on Jan. 31.As a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and other...
Public Radio Broadcast of 'The Slowdown' Launched
A new radio edition of the celebrated poetry podcast “The Slowdown” is now available to public radio listeners in several regions across the country.Hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced by American Public Media, “The Slowdown” has been bringing the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as a weekday podcast since its launch in November 2018. The radio feature...
January 10, 2019
2019 Exhibitions and Programs Explore America's Changemakers
The Library of Congress will launch a yearlong initiative in 2019 inviting visitors to Explore America’s Changemakers with a series of exhibitions, events and programs. Major exhibitions drawing from the Library’s collections will be focused on important figures in women’s history and the fight for suffrage, Rosa Parks’ groundbreaking role in the civil rights movement and artists’ responses to major issues of the day.Additional...
January 9, 2019
Library of Congress to Accept Applications for 2019 Literacy Awards Beginning Jan. 14
Applications will be accepted for the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards beginning Jan. 14, and the deadline for applications is March 8. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in...
December 12, 2018
National Film Registry Turns 30
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady”...
Crowdsourcing Tool Enables Discovery of Unique Treasures at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress today launched crowd.loc.gov, a crowdsourcing program that will connect the Library with virtual volunteers to transcribe text in digitized images from the Library’s historic collections.This project enables anyone with access to a computer to experience first-hand accounts in history while contributing to the Library’s ability to make these treasures more searchable and readable.Volunteers can work on selections from the papers...
October 22, 2018
New Book Showcases Early Baseball Cards in Story of National Pastime
A new book, “Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress,” offers baseball fans and historians a visual delight that showcases early baseball cards from the 19th and early 20th centuries alongside photos from the early days of the nation’s beloved pastime. Author Peter Devereaux takes readers behind the scenes of the Library of Congress’ Benjamin K. Edwards Collection to see the...
October 17, 2018
Papers of President Theodore Roosevelt Now Online
The largest collection of the papers of President Theodore Roosevelt, documenting his extraordinary career in the White House and as vice president, governor of New York, and as a naturalist, writer and reformer, has been digitized and is now available online from the Library of Congress.The digitization of the massive collection comes just before the 160th anniversary of Roosevelt’s birthday. The nation’s 26th president...
October 4, 2018
Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2018 Holland Prize
Coinciding with World Architecture Day on Oct. 1, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service (NPS) announced today the 2018 recipients of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing. A survey drawing of Daniel Chester French’s studio, by the team of Tenzin Nyandak and Grace Meloy, and led by Ashley Wilson of the National Trust for Historic...
October 2, 2018
U.S. Poet Laureate Brings Poetry to Podcast and Radio Audiences with 'The Slowdown'
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will soon bring the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as host of a weekday podcast and radio feature titled “The Slowdown.”The five-minute program encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “Poetry isn’t an escape or even a luxury,” Smith said. “I’d argue it’s a necessity, a...
September 24, 2018
Superestrellas internacionales Emilio y Gloria Estefan galardonados con el Premio Gershwin
La Bibliotecaria del Congreso, Carla Hayden, anunció hoy que la pareja de artistas, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, será la próxima en recibir el Premio Gershwin a la canción popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso.La cadena de televisión pública, PBS (sigla en inglés), transmitirá por sus estaciones la serie de conciertos del Premio Gershwin, ganadora de un premio Emmy.El dúo Estefan simboliza la diversidad cultural...
Digital Outreach Program Moves to Pratt, NYU
Following a nationwide call, the Library of Congress today announced that Pratt Institute, in collaboration with the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, will oversee the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program.“We’re excited to pass the baton on this pioneering educational program to these great institutions that are so well positioned to carry it forward,” said Kimberly...
September 1, 2018
18th Annual National Book Festival Draws Tens of Thousands of Book Lovers
Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 18th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Thousands more watched the festival’s Main Stage streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor,...
August 31, 2018
Library Announces Winners of 2018 Literacy Awards
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide were awarded the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced tonight.Hayden and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein awarded the top prizes to: Reading Is Fundamental of Washington, D.C.; East Side Community School of New York City; and Instituto Pedagógico...
August 29, 2018
Library Announces Schedule Changes for 2018 National Book Festival
The Library of Congress National Book Festival schedule has been updated with several changes for the Main Stage lineup of authors at the festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, the Library announced today.Author Amy Tan will now appear on the Main Stage at 12:50 p.m., and she will hold a book signing from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will now...
North Carolina Humanities Council Now Operating N.C. Center for the Book
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the North Carolina Humanities Council as a new affiliate center. The council, based in Charlotte, N.C., will operate the North Carolina Center for the Book, part of a network of state centers promoting an interest in reading.“We are thrilled to now operate the North Carolina Center for the Book,” said North Carolina Humanities...
Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup
Readers of all ages will find familiar authors, illustrators and poets at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The 18th annual festival will feature a diverse lineup of 115 authors – including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, eminent historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed novelist Amy Tan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and two-time Newbery...
June 5, 2018
Library Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry
The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2018 prize will be awarded in the fall.The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years, 2016 and 2017, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for...
May 24, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
May 8, 2018
Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices
The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) has updated its collections policy, changing the scope of the program. With the passing of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511), Congress expanded the VHP mandate to allow Gold Star family members to contribute their own audio- or video-recorded interviews to enrich their veteran’s story. The project now includes oral histories recorded by Gold...
May 3, 2018
Baseball's 'Magna Carta' to be Displayed in Major Exhibition on the Game
The handwritten “Laws of Base Ball,” which historians have called the “Magna Carta” of the game after they were decided at a convention in 1857, will be among the artifacts featured in the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29 at the Library of Congress. The exhibition will explore baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for...
May 2, 2018
Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to E. Annie Proulx
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.Hayden selected Proulx as this year’s winner based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners,...
April 30, 2018
Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical
Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
National Recording Registry Reaches 500
Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the...
March 9, 2018
Library Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Literacy Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.These awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein in 2013, honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards also encourage the continuing development of advanced methods for promoting...
March 6, 2018
Library Conserves, Digitizes Rare Photographs Including Harriet Tubman Portrait
The Library of Congress has conserved and digitized an album containing 48 rare photographs dating to the 1860s – including a previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman and images of other abolitionists – and the album will be exhibited for the first time at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year. Each image was cleaned, digitally scanned and...
February 22, 2018
Los Angeles Exhibition to Showcase Photography from Library of Congress
A selection of nearly 500 images discovered within a collection of more than 14 million pictures at the Library of Congress will be featured in a new exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. The exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library,” will be open to the public April 21 through Sept. 9, 2018.Working closely for several years...
February 1, 2018
Kentucky Center for the Book Becomes Library's Newest Affiliate Center
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.“We are thrilled to become Kentucky’s Center for the Book,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director Bill Goodman. “Kentucky Humanities is deeply committed to promoting literacy in Kentucky through PRIME TIME Family Reading Time,...
January 25, 2018
Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on Baseball in Summer 2018
A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story...
January 4, 2018
Jacqueline Woodson Named Sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young...
December 19, 2017
Distinguished Panel of Judges for Congressional Data Challenge Announced
The Library of Congress today announced the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. The four-person panel, composed of experts in data visualization, application development, the U.S....
December 18, 2017
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature to Be Inaugurated
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will inaugurate the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Ambassador Emeritus Gene Luen Yang will participate in the ceremony and deliver comments on his ambassadorship. Tickets are...
December 13, 2017
2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams'
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
November 17, 2017
Library of Congress Launches Three New Educational Apps
The Library of Congress, in collaboration with various educational organizations, today announced the launch of three web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation for use in K-12 classrooms.From stepping behind the camera with photographers who fought against child labor to building a timeline that traces African Americans’ journey towards freedom, students are able to do all these things and more using...
October 24, 2017
Library of Congress Kicks Off Writing Competition for Young Readers
The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested in learning more about the program and how to use it in a classroom on October 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. The program invites readers in grades four through 12 to share letters they...
October 19, 2017
Library of Congress Launches Congressional Data Challenge
The Library of Congress today launched a Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. Submissions could take the form of interactive visualizations, mobile or desktop applications, a website or other digital creations.The Library of Congress will award $5,000 for the...
October 10, 2017
Papers of Ulysses S. Grant Now Online
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format at https://www.loc.gov/collections/ulysses-s-grant-papers/about-this-collection/.The Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, “headquarters records” created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grant’s memoir— regarded as one of...
September 28, 2017
Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2017 Holland Prize
Ahead of World Architecture Day, the Library of Congress in conjunction with the National Park Service announces the 2017 recipient of Leicester B. Holland Prize, honoring outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.A drawing by Jean-Guy Tanner Dubé from Oxnard, Calif., of the historic 19th-century Wallace Libbey Hardison House Barn in Santa Paula, Calif., is the 2017 Holland Prize winner. Dubé, who received a...
September 19, 2017
Library Launches labs.loc.gov
The Library of Congress today launched labs.loc.gov, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations...
September 18, 2017
Library and U.S. Military Academies Sign Cooperative Agreement
The Library of Congress and the five U.S. Service Academies today entered an inter-agency cooperative agreement to support growth of service member representation in the national collections at the Library, including within the Veterans History Project. The agreement also provides enhanced research access to Library collections for the U.S Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S Military Academy and...
August 28, 2017
Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will...