News from the Library of Congress

September 2018

  • September 26, 2018  (18-125)
    National Screening Room of Free Motion Pictures Now Online The Library of Congress announced today that it has digitized hundreds of hours of motion pictures that will be freely available on the newly launched National Screening Room website. Most of the content in the National Screening Room is in the public domain. Movies that the Library believes to be in the public domain are fully downloadable. Permissions were granted for the inclusion of...
    • Date: 2018-09-26

April 2018

December 2017

  • December 12, 2017  (17-179)
    Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library's website. The collection, "Selections from the National Film Registry," is also available to the public on YouTube.These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their...
    • Date: 2017-12-12

October 2015

September 2015

  • September 16, 2015  (15-163)
    Online Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape Launches the Library of Congress today launched an online selection of recordings from its Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, a series of audio recordings of renowned poets and prose writers reading from their work in their native languages.
    • Date: 2015-09-16

February 2014

  • February 5, 2014  (14-018)
    Library of Congress Launches "Songs of America" Presentation “Songs of America” ( brings forward 80,000 digitized, curated items including maps, recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, curator talks and more to explore America’s history through the prism of song.
    • Date: 2014-02-05

November 2012

May 2011

March 2011

  • March 14, 2011  (11-048)
    Library of Congress Launches Music Consortium Website The Library of Congress has launched a Music Consortium Treasures website that gives online access to some of the world's most valued music manuscript and print materials from six esteemed institutions at
    • Date: 2011-03-14

July 2010

  • July 30, 2010  (10-174)
    Library of Congress Places William P. Gottlieb's Iconic Jazz Images on Flickr William Gottlieb, a columnist for the Washington Post and later a writer for Down Beat magazine, photographed jazz musicians and performers, capturing classic images from 1938 to 1948. A set of these iconic images, part of the Library of Congress William P. Gottlieb Collection, has been uploaded to
    • Date: 2010-07-30

April 2010

  • April 1, 2010  (10-063)
    "Concerts from the Library of Congress" Radio Series Airs The “Concerts from the Library of Congress” radio series continues in April with new programming on Classical WETA 90.9 FM. The 13-part series features chamber music performances recorded live in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium over the past 18 months.
    • Date: 2010-04-01

April 2008

  • April 22, 2008  (08-081)
    American Choral Music Web Site Launched In collaboration with the American Choral Directors Association, the Library of Congress Music Division has launched a Web site as part of its online Performing Arts Encyclopedia, called “American Choral Music, 1870-1923.” The site is available at
    • Date: 2008-04-22

November 2007

  • November 5, 2007  (07-224)
    John Philip Sousa, "The March King," Subject of New Web Site To commemorate the birthday of world-renowned bandleader and composer John Philip Sousa on Nov. 6, 1854, a new Web site dedicated to the composer of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is now available from the Library of Congress at
    • Date: 2007-11-05

May 2007

  • May 2, 2007  (07-097)
    History of the Hymn "Amazing Grace" Now Online A new Web site devoted to the history of the hymn “Amazing Grace” documents the song’s origins from the late 1700s to the current century, as well as its more than 3,000 published recordings.
    • Date: 2007-05-02

September 2006

May 2006

  • May 26, 2006  (06-127)
    Library of Congress Launches Performing Arts Encyclopedia Online A new online Performing Arts Encyclopedia has been developed to serve as a centralized guide for users interested in exploring the performing arts. The encyclopedia focuses on music, motion picture, broadcasting, recorded sound, manuscript, rare book and other nonbook collections.
    • Date: 2006-05-26

January 2006

  • January 20, 2006  (06-023)
    Materials Documenting History of Western Music Now Online A selection of the richest composite gift of musical documents ever received by the Library of Congress, the Moldenhauer Archives, is now available online at
    • Date: 2006-01-20

November 2004

April 2004

  • April 15, 2004  (04-076)
    Library of Congress Honors Dolly Parton with Living Legend Award The Library of Congress honored country singer and musician Dolly Parton with its Living Legend medal at a special evening presentation on April 14. Photo at right of Librarian of Congress James Billington and Dolly Parton by John Harrington.
    • Date: 2004-04-15

May 2003

  • May 23, 2003  (03-095)
    Library of Congress Launches Patriotic Web Site In honor of Memorial Day and in celebration of the American spirit, the Library of Congress is launching a new Web site highlighting its collections of veterans' stories, patriotic music and community life.
    • Date: 2003-05-23

September 2002

May 2002

  • May 16, 2002  (02-068)
    Two Online Collections Debut on the Library's Web Site Two collections of materials from the Library of Congress and other institutions have been added to the 100 collections now available from the American Memory Web site, which freely offers more than 7.5 million items at
    • Date: 2002-05-16

February 2002

March 2001

December 2000

  • December 4, 2000  (00-181)
    Aaron Copland Collection Debuts on American Memory Web Site The "Aaron Copland Collection" is now available on the American Memory collections Web site. This is the first in a series of online material commemorating the centennial of the birth of American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990).The initial online offering contains about 5,000 images dating from 1899 to 1981, with the bulk from 1920 to 1959. These items were selected from Copland's original music sketches,...
    • Date: 2000-12-04

March 1999

  • March 18, 1999  (99-038)
    New On-Line Materials Debut from the Library of Congress The National Digital Library (NDL) Program has recently added new multimedia materials from the incomparable collections of the Library of Congress to its American Memory Web site ( than 40 electronic collections are now available in a public-private partnership that augments the $15 million in public funding dedicated to the NDL Program. The goal of the NDL Program is to have millions of items...
    • Date: 1999-03-18

March 1998

  • March 3, 1998  (98-036)
    Miller Flute Collection Preview Now Available in National Digital Library Program The National Digital Library Program, in conjunction with the Music Division, has released a preview Web site dedicated to the Library's extensive Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection. The release of this site follows the Music Division's four-day FluteFest (Feb. 24-27), held in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium and featuring world famous flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.The Miller Collection is the world's largest flute archives, comprising not only...
    • Date: 1998-03-03