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

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

December 2016

  • December 14, 2016  (16-209)
    With "20,000 Leagues," the National Film Registry Reaches 700 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.  This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling...
    • Date: 2016-12-14

July 2016

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April 2015

March 2015

  • March 25, 2015  (15-041)
    National Recording Registry To "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" The Doors’ debut album; the magical essence of New Orleans jazz; one of the most-played songs on the airways during the 20th century; and the sounds of a pioneering children’s program are among the recordings recently selected for induction into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
    • Date: 2015-03-25

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

November 2014

  • November 19, 2014  (14-206)
    Billy Joel Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Concert The Library of Congress is celebrating Billy Joel’s 50-year career and his selection as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the nation’s capital with a series of events, culminating in a star-studded concert tonight.
    • Date: 2014-11-19

July 2014

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

March 2013

  • March 21, 2013  (13-044)
    The 2012 National Recording Registry With a Twist From the cultural significance of Chubby Checker’s song-and-dance phenomenon and the historic moment of Van Cliburn’s triumphant Cold War performance in Moscow to the artistry of Cuban bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez’s all-star jam sessions, the 2012 inductees to the National Recording Registry of the
    • Date: 2013-03-21

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

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December 2008

September 2008

  • September 2, 2008  (08-144)
    Singer/Songwriter Stevie Wonder Named Recipient of Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder—who burst on the scene in the early 1960s as a musical prodigy, and whose dance hits and love songs segued over the years into thoughtful commentaries on the joy and injustice in our world—as the recipient of the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place...
    • Date: 2008-09-02

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

April 2007

March 2007

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

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

  • March 28, 2005  (05-074)
    Library of Congress to Announce Third Annual National Recording Registry on April 5 WHAT: The Library of Congress will announce the selection of the 50 historic sound recordings to be added to the third annual 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: 2005-03-28

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