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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

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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    Library Releases New Student Discovery Sets for Tablets The Library of Congress is putting historical documents related to women's suffrage, Japanese American internment and political cartoons in the hands of students and teachers through its three newest free,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

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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

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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

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October 2011

  • October 23, 2011  (11-203)
    New Book Honors John Cole's Contributions to Library of Congress Few individuals are recognized by essays published in their honor while they are still fully engaged in their chosen profession. John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is one of those exceptions.
    • Date: 2011-10-23
  • October 4, 2011  (11-187)
    Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address Subject of Library Publication To commemorate the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1963, the Library of Congress published “Long Remembered: Lincoln and his Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address” with text by two scholars from the Library’s Manuscript Division, David Mearns and Lloyd Dunlap.
    • Date: 2011-10-04
  • October 4, 2011  (11-184)
    "Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War" Is Published To mark the sesquicentennial of the bloodiest conflict on American soil, the nation’s library, in collaboration with Little, Brown and Company, has published “The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War” by Margaret E. Wagner, with an introduction by historian Gary W. Gallagher.
    • Date: 2011-10-04

August 2011

  • August 19, 2011  (11-149)
    "Fields of Vision" Series Features 20th-Century Photographers Selected images from the works of FSA/OWI photographers Gordon Parks (1912-2006), Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985) and Carl Mydans (1907-2004) are now featured in the Library of Congress series titled “Fields of Vision.”
    • Date: 2011-08-19
  • August 12, 2011  (11-145)
    "Exquisite Corpse Adventure" to Be Published Aug. 23 "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure,” which began as an story of 27 biweekly installments on the website, will soon be available in book form from Candlewick Press.
    • Date: 2011-08-12

May 2011

  • May 24, 2011  (11-105)
    Historic Photographic Albums Are Subject of Book Discussion Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography” (Aperture Foundation, 2011) traces the rise of the album from the turn of the last century to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium, as collected by the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2011-05-24

April 2011

  • April 26, 2011  (11-091)
    Photographic Albums Are Subject of New Library Publication Published by Aperture ( in association with the Library of Congress, “Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography” traces the rise of the album from the turn of the century to the present day.
    • Date: 2011-04-26