News from the Library of Congress

May 2019

November 2018

  • November 29, 2018  (18-141)
    Library Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn The Library of Congress announced today that it has acquired the original manuscripts documenting the work of composer, arranger and pianist Billy Strayhorn. An important star in the jazz firmament, Strayhorn was the source of much of the sound of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He worked with Ellington for nearly 30 years, writing or collaborating on more than 200 tunes and arrangements for the...
    • Date: 2018-11-29

November 2017

  • November 3, 2017  (17-166)
    Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of...
    • Date: 2017-11-03

December 2015

  • 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

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November 2010

  • November 10, 2010  (10-253)
    Library Acquires Innovative Music Collection from Snapshots Foundation The Library announced today its collaboration with Snapshots Music and Arts Foundation to acquire video and audio tapes, along with thousands of accompanying photographs, of in-depth interviews and exclusive performances by some of the world’s most groundbreaking musicians and industry leaders.
    • Date: 2010-11-10

March 2010

  • March 19, 2010  (10-055)
    Library of Congress Acquires Dexter Gordon Collection of Jazz The Library will celebrate the acquisition of the invaluable record of Dexter Gordon’s cultural legacy in a special program at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building.
    • Date: 2010-03-19

November 2008

  • November 10, 2008  (08-209)
    Library of Congress Receives the Papers of American Lyricist Howard Ashman The Music Division of the Library of Congress has acquired the papers of noted stage and film lyricist Howard Ashman. Ashman is best remembered as the lyricist (collaborating with composer Alan Menken) for the stage musical “Little Shop of Horror” and the Disney animated film musicals “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”
    • Date: 2008-11-10

September 2008

  • September 19, 2008  (08-171)
    Andre Kostelanetz Papers Donated to the Library of Congress Papers of conductor and arranger André Kostelanetz are being donated to the Library of Congress by the musician’s estate, marking a significant expansion of the collection Kostelanetz provided to the Library during his lifetime. Kostelanetz, who died in 1980, was a major figure in U.S. popular music and on radio for half a century.
    • Date: 2008-09-19

May 2008

  • May 14, 2008  (08-087)
    Library of Congress Receives Papers of American Composer Charles Strouse on May 14 Celebrated American composer Charles Strouse presented his papers to the Library of Congress in a private ceremony today. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington formally accepted the gift on behalf of the Library and the American people and honored Strouse, perhaps best known for such musical-theater smashes as “Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Applause” and “Golden Boy.”
    • Date: 2008-05-14

September 2007

  • September 10, 2007  (07-159)
    Library of Congress Partners with WWOZ-FM and Grammy Foundation® To Preserve Legendary Musical Recordings WWOZ-FM, the legendary community-supported radio station in New Orleans, has gifted the Library of Congress with more than 7,000 hours of live jazz and blues recordings spanning 15 years. The contribution, which comes after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters nearly destroyed the station’s primary tape storage facility, will ensure the safety of the station’s collection of historic recordings.
    • Date: 2007-09-10

May 2007

  • May 23, 2007  (07-121)
    Library of Congress Goes to Graceland The Library of Congress will receive the works-in-progress manuscript in which Paul Simon worked out the lyrics for his song “Graceland,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced upon awarding the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Simon during a dinner on May 22 in the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building.
    • Date: 2007-05-23
  • May 17, 2007  (07-113)
    Library of Congress Receives Guarneri Violin for Collection More than 50 years after acquiring its first Guarneri del Gesù violin, the Library of Congress will now be able to boast that it has twins. Around 1730 to 1732, Guarneri made two violins from the same piece of wood. The Library’s newest addition, the “Baron Vitta,” will donated by the estate of the late Miyoko Yamane Goldberg, wife of the late teacher and...
    • Date: 2007-05-17

April 2007

  • April 17, 2007  (07-079)
    Library of Congress To Receive Original Manuscript of Composition by Teen Prodigy Jay Greenberg The original manuscript of “Quintet for Strings,” written by 15-year-old composer Jay Greenberg, will be given to the Library of Congress at an April 27 concert benefiting the Project Harmony Child Protection Center in Omaha, Neb. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will accept the gift from Greenberg at the conclusion of its performance the night of the concert.
    • Date: 2007-04-17

April 2006

  • April 14, 2006  (06-088)
    American Folklife Center Acquires Robert Johnson Test Pressings The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center has recently acquired an important collection of rare, mint-condition test-pressing recordings of Robert Johnson (1911-1938), one of the most influential composers of blues music. Johnson was recorded in 1936 and 1937 by traveling units of the Columbia (then ARC/Brunswick) Record Co., first in San Antonio and then in Dallas.
    • Date: 2006-04-14

January 2006

  • January 27, 2006  (06-024)
    Library of Congress to Acquire Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Archives The Library of Congress will announce the recent donation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) archive during a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Ailey dancers Renee Robinson, Dwana Adiaha Smallwood and Matthew Rushing will perform a vignette of “Wade In The Water.”
    • Date: 2006-01-27

July 2005

April 2005

  • April 12, 2005  (05-084)
    Music Collection to Acquire Electro-Acoustic Dimension American composer Roger Reynolds will discuss his music at the introduction and demonstration of a new Library of Congress project that is devoted to his music. This special event will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are not required.
    • Date: 2005-04-12

August 2003

March 2003

  • March 17, 2003  (03-012)
    American Folklife Center at Library of Congress Receives Donation of "American Roots Music" Ginger Group Productions, producer of "American Roots Music," a four-part television series that aired on PBS last fall, is giving nine segments of the series to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The segments have been specially edited with the support of a grant from AT&T so that they can be viewed and used by scholars and researchers as stand-alone pieces,...
    • Date: 2003-03-17

August 2002

  • August 19, 2002  (02-106)
    Library of Congress Acquires Rare Film Collection The Library of Congress announced today its acquisition of the Prelinger Collection, containing more than 48,000 historical “ephemeral” motion pictures, from its owner, Prelinger Archives of San Francisco.
    • Date: 2002-08-19

July 2001

February 2001

  • February 26, 2001  (01-033)
    Billy Taylor Kicks Off His 80th Birthday Celebration by Donating His Archives to the Library of Congress The Library of Congress Music Division has become a renowned repository for American jazz collections in recent years, including the archives of such notable artists as Duke Ellington (the Valburn/Ellington Collection), Charles Mingus, Louis Bellson, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Charley Barnett, Supersax, and now versatile jazz pianist, composer, arranger, author, educator, and television personality Dr. Billy Taylor.
    • Date: 2001-02-26

November 2000

  • November 7, 2000  (00-164)
    Library of Congress Acquires Arnold T. Schwab Archives The Library of Congress has acquired the Arnold T. Schwab Collection, an archives of materials related to the life and work of Marian Nevins MacDowell, wife of composer Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) and founder of the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H. The collection was given to the Library by Professor Arnold T. Schwab of Westminster, Calif.; it reflects Professor Schwab's longtime interest in the MacDowell...
    • Date: 2000-11-07

October 2000

  • October 27, 2000  (00-139)
    Library of Congress Acquires Nicolas Slonimsky Collection The Library of Congress has acquired a large archives of the works of the important American conductor, composer, musicologist and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). The papers, which comprise both printed and manuscript music, programs, writings, correspondence, a large musicians' biographical file, recordings and other formats were given to the Library in 1999 by Electra Yourke, Mr. Slonimsky's daughter. They join a significant number of...
    • Date: 2000-10-27

August 2000

  • August 23, 2000  (00-114)
    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection Given to Library of Congress The large archives of 20th century composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) have been given to the Library of Congress by the composer's son, Lorenzo Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Lisbeth Castelnuovo-Tedesco, widow of the composer's son, Pietro. Together with an extensive collection of music manuscripts that the composer and his family gave to the Library in the past, and a number of manuscripts by Castelnuovo-Tedesco in the Library's...
    • Date: 2000-08-23
  • August 23, 2000  (00-115)
    Violinist Louis Kaufman's Papers Acquired by Library of Congress The Library of Congress recently acquired the personal papers of noted American violinist Louis Kaufman (1905-1994), thereby adding to its already rich collection of the personal papers of some of the most important American violinists of the 20th century, including Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Leonora Jackson McKim and Henryk Szeryng.The gift of Annette Kaufman, Louis Kaufman's widow and longtime accompanist, provides a valuable collection...
    • Date: 2000-08-23

June 2000

  • June 21, 2000  (00-092)
    Prima Ballerina's Collection Comes to the Library of Congress The Library of Congress recently added to its significant dance holdings with the acquisition of the collection of Alexandra Danilova (1904-1997), the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's prima ballerina from 1938 to 1951. The Danilova collection joins the Martha Graham, Serge Diaghilev, and Rudolf Nureyev collections in the Library's Music Division.Trained at the Imperial School of Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, and lauded for...
    • Date: 2000-06-21

May 1998

  • May 4, 1998  (98-064)
    Library of Congress Acquires Martha Graham Archives The Library of Congress has just agreed to purchase the Martha Graham dance archives from the Martha Graham Trust as one component of a longer term relationship with the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance.The other two components of this new relationship are: (1) an agreement with the Martha Graham Trust for the Martha Graham Dance Company to perform a new piece based on...
    • Date: 1998-05-04