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

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

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

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

October 2016

March 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

June 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

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

December 2010

August 2010

  • August 3, 2010  (10-178)
    Library of Congress Launches National Digital Stewardship Alliance The Library of Congress announced today the formation of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), a partnership of institutions and organizations dedicated to preserving and providing access to selected databases, web pages, video, audio and other digital content with enduring value.
    • Date: 2010-08-03

May 2010

  • May 6, 2010  (10-105)
    David Rubenstein of Carlyle Group Donates $5 Million to Library of Congress David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, announced today his donation of $5 million ($1 million per year for the next five years) to support the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival, which this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary, “A Decade of Words an
    • Date: 2010-05-06

December 2008

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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

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December 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

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

November 2005

  • November 22, 2005  (05-250)
    Library of Congress Launches Effort to Create World Digital Library Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin announced today that Google is the first private-sector company to contribute to the Library’s initiative to develop a plan to begin building a World Digital Library (WDL) for use by other libraries around the globe. The effort would be supported by funds from nonexclusive, public and private partnerships, of which Google is the...
    • Date: 2005-11-22

April 2005

  • 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

March 2005

December 2004

March 2004

  • March 19, 2004  (04-061)
    Librarian of Congress Names 50 New Recordings to the National Recording Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced the second annual selection of 50 sound recordings to 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. Nominations for the registry were gathered from members...
    • Date: 2004-03-19

December 2003

  • December 16, 2003  (03-211)
    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 375.
    • Date: 2003-12-16

July 2001

  • July 30, 2001  (01-107)
    Librarian of Congress and First Lady Launch National Book Festival Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and Laura Bush today announced plans for America's first National Book Festival, to be held at the Library of Congress and on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, September 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Date: 2001-07-30

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