News from the Library of Congress

June 2021

May 2021

  • May 27, 2021  (21-026)
    New Report Examines Changes to Copyright Law for Sound Recordings Significant updates have been made to American copyright law governing music licensing and sound recordings, and these changes carry implications for libraries and archives across the country, as detailed in a new report published today by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.Passed by Congress in 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch — Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act constitutes some of the...
    • Date: 2021-05-27
  • May 3, 2021  (21-020)
    'Living Nations, Living Words' Poetry Anthology Available Edited by Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” is a powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today. The new anthology is published by W. W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress.As Poet Laureate, Harjo has championed the voices of...
    • Date: 2021-05-03

March 2021

  • March 1, 2021  (21-012)
    Biography Brings Life of Photographer Russell Lee Out of the Shadows, Drawing on Library's Photography Archive His photographs are mainstays in popular culture: The iconic shot of a young Black man drinking from a water cooler marked “colored” was featured in Stephen Colbert’s June 1, 2020, “Late Show” monologue on racial injustice. Millions of “Cheers” viewers saw his photo of cheerful patrons in a Depression-era Minnesota saloon in the opening credits. Microsoft offered his 1939 photo of a Texas couple...
    • Date: 2021-03-01

April 2020

  • April 7, 2020  (20-027)
    Library of Congress Crime Classics Series Debuts Simultaneously in Print and Braille Poisoned Pen Press, the mystery imprint of leading independent publisher Sourcebooks, worked closely with the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress to ensure a simultaneous print and braille release of “That Affair Next Door” by Anna Katharine Green, the debut title in the new Library of Congress Crime Classics series.“The collaboration between Poisoned Pen Press,...
    • Date: 2020-04-07

February 2020

  • February 11, 2020  (20-009)
    'Cherry Blossoms' Book Explores Rich History of Springtime Celebration Vibrant springtime traditions of cherry blossom viewing in Japan and Washington, D.C., are explored in the new book “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress,” published today by Smithsonian Books, in association with the Library of Congress.Visual art, including prints, drawings and photographs from the Library’s collections, provide a fresh look at the tradition of cherry blossom celebrations that originated more than...
    • Date: 2020-02-11

December 2019

  • December 9, 2019  (19-117)
    New Book 'Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words' Reveals Parks Through Her Private Manuscripts and Notes A new book from the Library of Congress reveals the civil rights icon, Rosa Parks, for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes. The publication with University of Georgia Press is a companion to the new exhibition of the same title, “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words.”For years, Parks’ personal papers were not available to the public. Her personal...
    • Date: 2019-12-09

November 2019

  • November 12, 2019  (19-110)
    New, Vivid History of Pre- and Post-Columbian Art Featured in 'Collecting for a New World' A new book explores the history of the early Americas — a story of before and after, defined and divided by the pivotal moment of contact, in 1492, between Europeans and the indigenous cultures of the New World — told through the collection of early American treasures in the Library of Congress.On the European side, this is a tale of exploration, high-stakes treasure seeking...
    • Date: 2019-11-12

September 2019

March 2019

  • March 8, 2019  (19-027)
    Library of Congress and Rutgers University Press Announce New Cooperative Publication Celebrating International Women’s Day and the upcoming centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote, Rutgers University Press announced today the publication of “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote,” in association with the Library of Congress.The book is the official illustrated companion to the Library of Congress exhibition of the same name and will be published June 4...
    • Date: 2019-03-08

October 2018

  • October 22, 2018  (18-130)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-10-22

August 2018

March 2018

  • March 22, 2018  (18-034)
    Librarian of Congress Appoints Tracy K. Smith to Second Term as Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall. “I am thrilled that Tracy K. Smith has accepted my invitation to continue sharing...
    • Date: 2018-03-22
  • March 15, 2018  (18-029)
    New Book Reveals Artistic Achievements of Women in Illustration A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the...
    • Date: 2018-03-15

January 2018

  • January 5, 2018  (18-002)
    New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden calls the Library “a place where you can touch history and imagine your future,” and the story...
    • Date: 2018-01-05

October 2017

  • October 24, 2017  (17-144)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-10-24
  • October 23, 2017  (17-145)
    New Book Highlights Architecture of U.S. Libraries Technology continues to reshape our ideas about what a library can be, yet library architecture is still framed around the physical dimensions of books and the furniture and spaces designed to store and display them. “American Libraries 1730–1950”—a new book by Kenneth Breisch, published by W.W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress—celebrates the history of library architecture in America, from...
    • Date: 2017-10-23

May 2017

  • May 30, 2017  (17-080)
    America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History Between August 1914 and November 1918, World War I eradicated empires, ignited the Russian Revolution, reconfigured the world map and marked a turning point for the United States. A new book available today by Margaret E. Wagner, “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History,” published by Bloomsbury Press in association with the Library of Congress, commemorates the centennial of that...
    • Date: 2017-05-30

April 2017

  • April 10, 2017  (17-050)
    Card Catalog's History is Focus of New Library Publication A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books. The lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of libraries’ organizing approaches—from the layout of papyrus scrolls at the Library of Alexandria and playing cards with notes on the back that...
    • Date: 2017-04-10

March 2017

  • 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

November 2016

  • November 15, 2016  (16-198)
    Italian Art of Papermaking Is Subject of New Library Publication Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, “Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking” by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.
    • Date: 2016-11-15

December 2015

  • December 1, 2015  (15-210)
    Library of Congress Literacy Awards Publishes 2015 Best Practices The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program, now in its third year, has just published “Best Practices 2015,” a review of the outstanding work in the field of literacy being done by the three 2015 Literacy Awards award winners.
    • Date: 2015-12-01

October 2015

August 2015

June 2015

  • June 15, 2015  (15-101)
    Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets The Library of Congress is putting historical documents related to women's suffrage, Japanese American internment and political cartoons in the hands of students and teachers through its three newest free, interactive ebooks for tablets.
    • Date: 2015-06-15

November 2014

  • November 4, 2014  (14-190)
    Magna Carta Is Subject of New Book, Exhibition To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the great English charter of rights and liberties that received King John’s seal in 1215, the Library of Congress in association with Thomson Reuters will publish “Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor,” the companion book to the Library’s exhibition.
    • Date: 2014-11-04

September 2014

  • September 30, 2014  (14-172)
    Author Mark Twain Is Subject of a New Library Publication A new book reveals why Twain remains as relevant today as he was in his own time. With a lively narrative & 300 visual gems discovered in the Library’s collections, “Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images” by Harry L. Katz reveals the lasting impact that the author made on America.
    • Date: 2014-09-30
  • September 8, 2014  (14-159)
    1950s as Seen in Look Magazine Is Subject of Book Discussion The more than 4 million images in the Look Magazine Photograph Collection (1937-1971) comprise the largest single collection in the holdings of the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Division. For many Americans, the pages of Look defined the 1950s.
    • Date: 2014-09-08

August 2014

March 2014

  • March 10, 2014  (14-043)
    "Great Photographs from the Library of Congress" to be Subject of E-Book Event Now, more than 700 of them have been gathered for a new e-book, “Great Photographs from the Library of Congress” (Arte Publishing, in association with the Library of Congress, from the iBookstore, 2014). Editor Aimee Hess of the Library’s Publishing Office will discuss the book on Wednesday, April 2
    • Date: 2014-03-10

February 2014

  • February 24, 2014  (14-036)
    Alan Lomax's 1938 Survey of Michigan Is Subject of E-Book Discussion Author Todd Harvey of the American Folklife Center will discuss his new e-book, “‘Michigan I-O’: Alan Lomax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folksong Expedition” (Dust to Digital, from the iBookstore, 2014), on Wednesday, March 12, at noon.
    • Date: 2014-02-24

January 2014

December 2013

October 2013

  • October 18, 2013  (13-176)
    500 Years of Italian-American History Celebrated in New Publication The contributions of Italian Americans—from Christopher Columbus until today—are the subject of “Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian-American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress.”
    • Date: 2013-10-18

September 2013

  • September 13, 2013  (13-147)
    Galileo's "Starry Messenger" Is Subject of New Library Publication For the first time, a full-color facsimile of Galileo's groundbreaking work, work, along with related material, has been reprinted in “The Starry Messenger, Venice 1610: ‘From Doubt to Astonishment'"
    • Date: 2013-09-13
  • September 9, 2013  (13-145)
    American Football Subject of New Library Publication “Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game” by Susan Reyburn is an unprecedented look at football from its early days in colonial America to the professional and college game in the 21st century.
    • Date: 2013-09-09

February 2013

January 2013

  • January 22, 2013  (13-005)
    Library of Congress "Books That Shaped America" Available on Amazon The Library of Congress today announced that Amazon will offer a special collection of “Books That Shaped America,” based on the Library’s recent selection of books by American authors that provoked thought, controversy and change throughout American history.
    • Date: 2013-01-22

November 2012

September 2012

August 2012

June 2012

  • June 14, 2012  (12-120)
    Library of Congress to Mark Centennial of Hebraic Collection With Publication, Exhibition The Library is celebrating the centennial of its Hebraic Collection with the publication this month of “Perspectives on the Hebraic Book: The Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress” and an exhibition titled “Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congr
    • Date: 2012-06-14
  • June 13, 2012  (12-121)
    Presidential Campaign Posters Subject of Book Discussion In “Presidential Campaign Posters: Two Hundred Years of Election Art” (Quirk Books, 2012), editors and curators of the Library of Congress have mined the institution’s extraordinary collections for 100 posters – from the campaigns of presidents ranging from Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama.
    • Date: 2012-06-13