News from the Library of Congress

May 2019

March 2019

  • March 20, 2019  (19-018)
    New National Recording Registry Class Is "Superfly" The classic radio western “Gunsmoke”; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation “La Bamba”; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single “Soul Man”; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical “Hair”; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 “Sweet Caroline,” which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other...
    • Date: 2019-03-20

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

August 2017

  • August 28, 2017  (17-119)
    Alexander Hamilton Papers Now Online The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.The Library holds the world’s largest collection of Hamilton papers—approximately 12,000 items concentrated from 1777 until Hamilton’s death in 1804, including letters, legal papers and drafts of speeches and writings, among other items. Now, for the first time, these original documents—many in Hamilton’s own hand—will...
    • Date: 2017-08-28

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

January 2017

  • January 10, 2017  (17-004)
    Library of Congress Looks at Presidential Inaugurations in Wide-Ranging Display from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4 A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures—the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln—and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs.  The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.“Presidential Inauguration Treasures” will be on view from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4,...
    • Date: 2017-01-10

August 2016

December 2015

  • December 16, 2015  (15-216)
    2015 National Film Registry: "Ghostbusters" Gets the Call Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures of cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2015-12-16

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December 2006

November 2006

April 2006

  • 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

March 2000

  • March 13, 2000  (00-009)
    Library of Congress Celebrates Bicentennial with Major Exhibition on Thomas Jefferson The keystone for the Bicentennial celebrations of the Library of Congress is an exhibition about the Library's very own "founding father," Thomas Jefferson, whose personal library of 6,487 books was the seed from which the nation's library grew. Congress purchased Jefferson's library after its own collections, housed in the U.S. Capitol, were burned by the British in 1814.That library -- the original volumes that...
    • Date: 2000-03-13

July 1999

  • July 9, 1999  (99-056)
    Library of Congress Announces Bicentennial Projects Next April, the Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, will be 200 years old. Since its founding on April 24, 1800, the Library has grown into the world's largest library, a treasure house of America's and the world's creativity. What started with fewer than a thousand books has now grown into a collection featuring more than 115 million items in all...
    • Date: 1999-07-09