News from the Library of Congress

December 2019

  • December 11, 2019  (19-116)
    Women Rule 2019 National Film Registry Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage, the films in the class of 2019 range from Prince’s 1984 autobiographical hit “Purple Rain” and Spike Lee’s 1986 breakout movie “She’s...
    • Date: 2019-12-11

March 2019

December 2018

  • December 12, 2018  (18-144)
    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”...
    • Date: 2018-12-12

September 2018

  • September 24, 2018  (18-124)
    International Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Named Recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.The Estefans symbolize the rich cultural diversity of the American...
    • Date: 2018-09-24
  • September 24, 2018  (18-124S)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-09-24

March 2018

  • March 21, 2018  (18-028)
    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...
    • Date: 2018-03-21

December 2017

  • December 13, 2017  (17-178)
    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...
    • Date: 2017-12-13

March 2017

  • 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

July 2016

  • July 20, 2016  (16-119)
    Exhibition "#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955" Opens Aug. 11 An exhibition opening next month at the Library of Congress will showcase photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late authority on opera Charles Jahant, in a format that will explore how Jahant might have used an Instagram account had he lived today.
    • Date: 2016-07-20

November 2015

March 2015

December 2014

  • December 17, 2014  (14-210)
    Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance.
    • Date: 2014-12-17

April 2014

  • April 2, 2014  (14-052)
    Hallelujah, the 2013 National Recording Registry Reaches 400 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the selection of 25 sound recordings to the National Recording Registry that will be preserved as cultural, artistic and/or historical treasures, representing the richness and diversity of the American soundscape.
    • Date: 2014-04-02

December 2013

April 2013

  • April 4, 2013  (13-052)
    Koussevitzky Foundations Announce Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers.
    • Date: 2013-04-04

February 2013

  • February 13, 2013  (13-014)
    Library Announces National Recording Preservation Plan The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and p
    • Date: 2013-02-13

January 2013

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December 2011

September 2011

April 2011

March 2011

  • March 2, 2011  (11-044)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Eight New Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to eight composers. Jointly granting the commissions are the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly compose
    • Date: 2011-03-02

December 2010

October 2010

September 2010

  • September 15, 2010  (10-205)
    Library of Congress Discovers Lost British TV Treasures The British gave Americans the Beatles, James Bond and Shakespeare. The Library of Congress is returning the favor by repatriating a treasure trove of TV programs that represent Britain’s "golden age of television."
    • Date: 2010-09-15

June 2010

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November 2009

September 2009

  • September 16, 2009  (09-174)
    Library of Congress, Thomas Hampson Celebrate Creativity Across America With Song of America Project The Library of Congress and baritone Thomas Hampson resume their acclaimed “Song of America” project with a second season through February 2010. Drawing on the unparalleled collection of American songs housed at the Library of Congress, Hampson will present a unique series of recitals, educational activities, exhibitions, recordings, webcasts and interactive online resources. Some recital venues will have lobby exhibitions of facsimiles from the...
    • Date: 2009-09-16

May 2009

March 2009

  • March 30, 2009  (09-060)
    Public-Domain Status of Early Sound Recordings Delayed Until 2067 According to Library Report The Library announced today the completion of a commissioned report that examines copyright issues associated with unpublished sound recordings. This new report from the Library of Congress and the Council on Library and Information Resources addresses the question of what libraries and archives are legally empowered to do, under current laws, to preserve and make accessible for research their holdings of unpublished sound recordings...
    • Date: 2009-03-30

December 2008

November 2008

  • November 6, 2008  (08-206)
    The Library's National Recording Registry To Be Featured in a Five-Part Series On NPR Historic recordings named by the Library of Congress to the National Recording Registry will be featured in a five-part series on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” beginning Sunday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. (EST). This is the third consecutive year that the national radio network has broadcast a series showcasing selections to the registry that were targeted for preservation because they were “culturally, historically or...
    • Date: 2008-11-06

May 2008

December 2007

  • December 27, 2007  (07-254)
    Librarian of Congress Announces National Film Registry Selections for 2007 Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named 25 motion pictures— classics from every era of American filmmaking—to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, including “Bullitt,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Grand Hotel,” “Oklahoma!” and “12 Angry Men.”
    • Date: 2007-12-27

March 2007

December 2006

April 2006

  • April 14, 2006  (06-092)
    Rare Jazz Recordings Uncovered During a news conference announcing the fourth annual National Recording Registry, the Library of Congress also announced the discovery of a jam session featuring jazz great Lester Young. Speaking on the Young discovery, Loren Schoenberg, executive director of the Jazz Museum in Harlem, said, “Yes, this was Lester’s absolute zenith and there is precious little extant from this period. Imagine a new Shakespearean sonnet,...
    • Date: 2006-04-14
  • April 11, 2006  (06-083)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 Recordings to the 2005 National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has made his annual selection of 50 sound recordings for the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually selecting recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Registry recordings must be at least 10 years old.
    • Date: 2006-04-11
  • April 6, 2006  (06-081)
    Library of Congress to Announce Fourth Annual National Recording Registry on April 11 The Library of Congress will announce the fourth annual selection of the 50 historic sound recordings to be added to the National Recording Registry during a news conference. A press package, including a CD-ROM of selected audio clips and complementary images, will be available at the briefing.
    • Date: 2006-04-06

December 2005

  • December 20, 2005  (05-262)
    Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry (see attached list). This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 425.
    • Date: 2005-12-20

October 2005

  • October 3, 2005  (05-190)
    Library of Congress Study Finds Majority of U.S. Recordings Not Available to the Public The Library of Congress has announced the results of its commissioned study on the nation’s audio heritage. The study found that most of America’s historical sound recordings have become virtually inaccessible—available neither commercially nor in the public domain. Laws still protect the rights to fully 84 percent of recordings of interest to scholars and collectors made in the United States between 1890 and 1964....
    • Date: 2005-10-03

April 2005

  • April 6, 2005  (05-090)
    Rare Jazz Tapes Uncovered At a press conference today in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress announced that historically significant concert tapes, featuring the legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and iconic saxophonist John Coltrane, had been uncovered in the Library’s recorded sound collection during preparation for preservation.
    • Date: 2005-04-06
  • April 5, 2005  (05-087)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 Recordings to the 2004 National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has made his annual selection of 50 sound recordings for the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually selecting recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Registry recordings must be at least 10 years old. In announcing the registry, the Librarian said, "Once again,...
    • Date: 2005-04-05