Of the People: Widening the Path is a multi-year initiative that creates new opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library of Congress and to add their perspectives to the Library’s collections, allowing the national library to share a more inclusive American story.
Supported by an institutional grant from the Mellon Foundation, Of the People: Widening the Path promotes outreach, technology, innovation, and archives development for, and by, Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander and/or other communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections.
Under the direction of the 14th Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, and in response to the national conversation about civil rights, the Library continues to re-imagine how it can address the unequal ways in which libraries, archives, and schools preserve and present the American story.
As part of the Library’s vision to connect all Americans and to empower new generations and diverse audiences to explore its enduring treasury of information, Of the People will enhance and support diverse and inclusive participation in the creation and perpetuation of the nation’s historical and creative record.
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