The special presentation is from the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library. The division's reading room is one of many Research Centers at the Library that offer a world of online information:
Included in the Library's historic mission is a requirement that the institution "sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity." We have done that since our founding in 1800. That's why you can find at the Library everything from 12th century manuscripts and the oldest example of printing in the world, to a photograph of Jayne Mansfield and a "hog," or maps illustrating where today's events are unfolding around the world.
- Images of film stars are found in the motion picture poster collections of the Library. More than 250 of these are online. Go to the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Search Page and type in "motion picture posters" in the box. You will get links to posters for such cult films as Mamie Van Doren in 1959's "The Beat Generation" or more mainstream titles such as "The Godfather" or "Cabaret," following its win of eight Academy Awards.
- The collections from the Geography and Map Division offer images of maps ranging from 1500 to the present. Using the MrSID software you can zoom in on maps and see them in greater detail than you could with the naked eye.
- At the Places in the News page, you can see maps relating to current events, and you can read about places in the news by visiting the Country Studies page with the text of books covering 102 countries and regions, produced by the Library's Federal Research Division. These comprehensive volumes on the nations and regions of the world include one on Iraq.
- Books from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, including pages from the extraordinary Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection of illustrated manuscripts and printed books from the 12th through the 20th centuries, can be viewed page-by-page.
A. [Jayne Mansfield, posed as motorcycle cop "Miss Traffic Stopper," ticketing male driver], 1962, New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Prints and Photographs Division. No information on creator. Reproduction No.: LC-USZ62-120121 (b&w film copy neg.)
B. Advertisement, from "Motorcycling" magazine, Dec. 12, 1912.