News from the Library of Congress

December 2019

November 2019

  • November 5, 2019  (19-107)
    "Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words," a New Exhibition, Offers Intimate View of Seminal Figure's Life Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon made famous for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in December 1955, is often mischaracterized as a quiet seamstress, with little attention paid to her full life story. A new Library of Congress exhibition, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words,” will reveal the real Rosa Parks...
    • Date: 2019-11-05

May 2019

March 2019

  • March 20, 2019  (19-018)
    New National Recording Registry Class Is "Superfly" The classic radio western “Gunsmoke”; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation “La Bamba”; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single “Soul Man”; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical “Hair”; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 “Sweet Caroline,” which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other...
    • Date: 2019-03-20

January 2019

  • January 10, 2019  (19-002)
    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...
    • Date: 2019-01-10

March 2018

  • March 6, 2018  (18-023)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-03-06

February 2018

  • February 22, 2018  (18-008)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-02-22

March 2017

  • March 31, 2017  (17-045)
    Rare Harriet Tubman Photo Among Album Treasures Acquired Through Collaboration of National Cultural Institutions The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress today announced the joint acquisition of an album of 44 rare photographs, including a previously unrecorded portrait of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and the only known photograph of John Willis Menard, the first African American man elected to the U.S. Congress.The collaboration ensures these pieces of...
    • Date: 2017-03-31
  • 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

February 2015

  • February 19, 2015  (15-028)
    Civil Rights Act Exhibition Will Feature 50 New Items The Library of Congress exhibition “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” will feature 50 new items starting Saturday, March 7, including several items from the recently acquired Rosa Parks Collection.
    • Date: 2015-02-19
  • February 3, 2015  (15-020)
    Rosa Parks Collection Opens to Researchers Feb. 4 The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress will open formally to researchers on Feb. 4, on the birthday of the civil-rights icon.
    • Date: 2015-02-03

January 2015

September 2014

  • September 9, 2014  (14-166)
    Rosa Parks' Papers to Reside at Library of Congress The Library of Congress will be the new home of the Rosa Parks Collection, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today. The collection will be at the Library on a 10-year loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
    • Date: 2014-09-09

July 2006

  • July 12, 2006  (06-134)
    NAACP Display Opens July 14 "The NAACP: The Fight for Black Voting Rights," will open on Friday, July 14, in the foyer on the first floor of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Library’s Manuscript Division, the special short-term display features selected manuscripts and visual materials from the Library’s collections depicting seminal events in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored...
    • Date: 2006-07-12

February 1998

  • February 3, 1998  (98-012)
    Library of Congress To Put African American Collections On-Line The Library of Congress will begin digitization of its major exhibition "African American Odyssey" and other important materials from its incomparable African American collections to make them accessible on-line. A grant of $1 million from the Citicorp Foundation will enable the Library to start this project immediately. A preview of the exhibition is available at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html."The Library's African American holdings are the strongest in...
    • Date: 1998-02-03

January 1998

  • January 30, 1998  (98-018)
    Library of Congress Receives Private Sector Gift To Digitize Rare Materials of Abraham Lincoln A major new exhibition, "The African American Odyssey," will open Feb. 5 in all three of the Library of Congress buildings on Capitol Hill.The exhibition showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 200 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films and recordings, it is the largest black history exhibition ever held at the...
    • Date: 1998-01-30

April 1997

  • April 24, 1997  (97-075)
    Zora Neale Hurston Playscripts Found in the Library of Congress Little-known copies of typescripts of four sketches and six plays by Zora Neale Hurston have been identified through a recent search of old copyright records and are available to researchers at the Library of Congress.Between 1925 and 1944, the author deposited these carbon typescripts for copyright protection as unpublished dramas, and the Library retained them. A 1992 finding aid for nonbook Hurston materials in...
    • Date: 1997-04-24
  • April 16, 1997  (97-065)
    Zora Neale Hurston Playscripts Found in the Library of Congress Little known copies of typescripts of four sketches and six plays by Zora Neale Hurston have been identified through a recent search of old copyright records. Between 1925 and 1944 the author deposited these carbon typescripts for copyright protection as unpublished dramas, and the Library retained them. A 1992 finding aid for non-book Hurston materials in the Library of Congress had not included the...
    • Date: 1997-04-16

January 1996

  • January 4, 1996  (96-006)
    Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit on Plantation Life Opens at Martin Luther King Library January 10 The Library of Congress traveling exhibit on plantation life will open Jan. 10 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW. The exhibit, "Cultural Landscape of the Plantation," will remain on display there through Feb. 11.Its next venue is the Historical Society of Talbot County, 25 S. Washington Street, Easton, Md., where it will open Feb. 17.A list of the future...
    • Date: 1996-01-04