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Baseball Resources at the Library of Congress

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Library of Congress Online Resources

Conducting Baseball Research at the Library of Congress

External Resources


Baseball Resources at the Library of Congress is a guide to baseball-related materials available on the Library's website and in its physical collections. The breadth and depth of materials highlighted will appeal to baseball researchers, while casual and diehard fans alike will find many digitized items documenting the history of baseball to fuel their passion for the game.

Please select from the links at the right to access different sections of the guide. The guide is divided into four major sections: "Library of Congress Online Resources," which presents baseball materials freely available on the Library's website; "Conducting Baseball Research at the Library," for researchers interested in materials available in the Library's on-campus collections, including our subscription databases and divisional holdings; "External Resources," a gateway to other baseball websites; and "Bibliography," a selected bibliography of print resources about baseball for adults and younger readers.

This guide, updated regularly, was prepared in conjunction with the Library of Congress symposium Baseball Americana (October 2-3, 2009). The symposium coincided with the publication of Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress (New York: Smithsonian Books/Harper, 2009), a visual history of baseball that draws upon the collections of the Library's Prints and Photographs Division. Please send any corrections, additions, suggestions, or comments to the Library's Researcher and Reference Services Division.

New: View slides from the July 31, 2018 Webinar, Batter Up! Baseball at the Library of Congress.

Download PDF of slides. If you'd like to receive a recording of the program, please contact the Researcher and Reference Services Division.

Description: Peter Armenti, a baseball enthusiast and digital reference specialist from the Library's Researcher and Reference Services Division, offered this free, online webinar focusing on the origin, evolution, and history of America's national pastime through the late 19th century.

For Library Visitors: Baseball Americana Exhibit

The Library of Congress launched a major baseball exhibition on June 29, 2018. The exhibit, Baseball Americana, features items from the Library of Congress collections and those of its lending partners to consider the game then and now—as it relates to players, teams, and the communities it creates. Baseball Americana explores baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions, and the game today. It is a story the nation’s library can uniquely tell, showcasing items that cannot be found anywhere else. View the Exhibit. Press Release 1. Press Release 2.

Watch: Footage of Washington Senators Winning 1924 World Series Acquired by the Library

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division

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