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New on the Web - Recent Updates


New on the Web: Selection of Historic Films Online

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:15:11 -0600

The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library's website. The collection, "Selections from the National Film Registry," is also available to the public on YouTube.

Click here for more information.

Thank You for Supporting the Library

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:00:23 -0600

Thank You for Supporting the Library! Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first celebration of #GivingTuesday is a success because of you. Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy.  Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information. Did you miss the opportunity to give on #GivingTuesday? You can still make a gift to enrich the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world. Make your tax-deductible donation today and spark a lifelong adventure of learning! DONATE NOW [...]

Make Your Gift to the Nation’s Library!

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:00:15 -0600

Make Your Gift to the Nation's Library The day has arrived—#GivingTuesday—a day when your gift makes a difference and a statement. The Library of Congress is strengthened by donations from people like you. Gifts bring the Library to life with music, dance, film, sound, culture, scholarship, research, discussions and ideas. Your gift, no matter the size, will expand the collections and support diverse programs that are entirely FREE for everyone to enjoy, and will make the Library’s treasures and services more accessible. Here's more information. Help spread the word today and encourage your friends and family to make a gift to the nation’s library, your gateway to understanding the world! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. DONATE NOW [...]

Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:00:20 -0600

News from the Library of Congress November 21, 2017 Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning This year, for the first time, the Library of Congress is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 28, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Here's more information. The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway to understanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere. Save the Date to Make Your Gift! Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. DONATE NOW [...]

NEW: Lincoln Papers in Full Color

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:11:32 -0600

Abraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: VHP Feature on Medal of Honor Recipients

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:35:45 -0600

The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project today launched its latest “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Stories Above and Beyond: The Medal of Honor,” which offers access to nearly 150 digitized collections of Medal of Honor recipients.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Senate Watergate Hearings Online

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:52:22 -0500

The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH announced today that gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, donated to the Library by WETA Washington, D.C., has been digitally preserved and made available online. 

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New on the Web: U.S. Grant Papers Online

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:54:52 -0500

The Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format. The Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, “headquarters records” created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grant’s memoir— regarded as one of the best in history—among other items. The collection totals approximately 50,000 items dating from 1819-1974, with the bulk falling in the period 1843-1885.

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New on the Web: New Interface for HLAS

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:18:07 -0500

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress’ Hispanic Division recently unveiled a redesigned website for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) that enhances user experience with handheld devices, visually appealing graphics and responsive features.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Final Installment of VHP WWI Series

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:27:00 -0500

The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched “A World Overturned,” the final chapter in a three-part, online website series titled “Experiencing War,” dedicated to U.S. veterans of the First World War. “A World Overturned” highlights eight digitized veterans’ stories about how World War I forever changed their lives, shared through original photographs, letters, diaries, memoirs and other materials.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Hamilton Papers Online

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:20:46 -0500

The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: New Occupational Folklife Interviews Online

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:01:22 -0500

The Library of Congress today announced it has put online the first installment of a major oral history project documenting the diverse culture of contemporary workers around the United States. The Occupational Folklife Project, a multi-year initiative of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, launches today online with a collection of interviews from the Port of Houston.

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New on the Web: "Polish Declarations" Greetings to US Online

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:12:38 -0500

In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland – more than 5.5 million of them – signed a unique birthday card, The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship. Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages – many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by photographs – are digitized and accessible on the Library of Congress website.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Webcomics, Web Cultures Archives Online

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:23:20 -0500

The Library of Congress has announced two new born-digital collections are now available on – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: VHP Launches WWI Companion

Tue, 30 May 2017 12:27:02 -0500

The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched a web exhibit that complements the Library of Congress’s major exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.”  The three-part web companion, “Experiencing War,” will help tell the larger story of the war from the perspective of those who served in it. 

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Sanborn Insurance Maps Online

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:14:19 -0500

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers

Mon, 08 May 2017 08:54:25 -0500

Produced by the Japanese-Americans interned at assembly centers and relocation centers around the country during World War II, these newspapers provide a unique look into the daily lives of the people who were held in these camps. They include articles written in English and Japanese, typed, handwritten and drawn. They advertise community events, provide logistical information about the camps and relocation, report on news from the community, and include editorials. Included in this collection are 4600+ issues of 29 newspaper titles (in English, Japanese, or both) from camps in seven states.

Click here for more information.

Or read this blog post about the collection.

New on the Web: Margaret Bayard Smith Papers

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:31:47 -0500

The papers of Margaret Bayard Smith (1778-1844), author and leader in Washington, D.C., social and political circles during the first decades of the nineteenth century, span the years 1789-1874. Topics covered include Washington, D.C., social life, presidential elections, the British occupation of Washington in 1814, and visits to the Virginia homes of Thomas Jefferson and James and Dolley Madison.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Heritage Months

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:28:09 -0500

May is both Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress and other federal agencies join in paying tribute to the Asian and Pacific Americans and the Jewish Americans who have enriched America's history and are instrumental to its future success.

Click here for more information on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Click here for more information on Jewish American Heritage Month.

New on the Web: Courtroom Illustration Exhibition

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:18:29 -0500

This exhibition showcases the Library’s extensive collections of original art by talented artists hired by both newspapers and television to capture the personal dynamics of legal trials.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Manuscripts of St. Catherine's

Tue, 02 May 2017 14:16:29 -0500

The renowned Eastern Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherine’s on Mt. Sinai was constructed by the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I, in the late sixth century AD over the relics of the martyred saint and the place of the biblical burning bush as identified by St. Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor, Constantine. It is home to reputedly the oldest continuously run library in existence today. Its holdings of religious and secular manuscripts are legendary and allegedly second only in number to the collection held by the Vatican: from bibles, to patristic works, to liturgies and prayers books, and on to legal documents such as deeds, court cases, Fatwahs (legal opinions). The greater proportion of the manuscripts were copied in Greek, and then in Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, and Ethiopic, as well as Old Church Slavonic.

In 1949, Kenneth W. Clark, led an expedition to the Middle East under the Auspices of the Library of Congress and its partners, to microfilm old manuscripts in various libraries of the Middle East, the largest and most isolated of which was that at St. Catherine’s. His group evaluated the 3,300 manuscripts held there and chose 1,687 for filming. Finally, the group also prepared under his direction a Checklist of Manuscripts in St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai Microfilmed for the Library of Congress (1950), which gave researchers access to both the manuscripts microfilms and the black and white transparencies.

Since its appearance, this set has been so widely consulted by scholars around the globe that the Library has now digitized the microfilms to facilitate their use by scholars worldwide. At the same time the descriptions of the manuscripts as found in the Checklist have also been edited and updated.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Recorded Poetry & Literature (Update)

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:11:39 -0500

50 new items and biographies, added for National Poetry Month. Read Anne Holmes’ blog post about this collection.

Click here to visit the collection.

New on the Web: Echoes of the Great War

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:08:25 -0500

Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I examines the upheaval of world war as Americans confronted it— both at home and abroad. The exhibition considers the debates and struggles that surrounded U.S. engagement; explores U.S. military and home front mobilization and the immensity of industrialized warfare; and touches on the war’s effects, as an international peace settlement was negotiated, national borders were redrawn, and soldiers returned to reintegrate into American society.

here for more information.

New on the Web: South Central Georgia Folklife Project

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:06:56 -0500

The South-Central Georgia Folklife Project collection was an ethnographic field project conducted in the summer of 1977 by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the Arts Experiment Station of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. The eight-county area chosen for the study is in the center of the "Wiregrass" region of Georgia. The collection consists of approximately 376 sound recordings, 14,300 photographs, 13 containers of manuscripts, 8 videocassettes, and 31 pen-and-ink drawings that document the folklife of south-central Georgia from July-August 1977. Topics of research were hymn singing, vernacular architecture, occupations, foodways, jokes, and stories from the region. Approximately 300 hours of audio and various local events were recorded.

Click here for more information.

New on the Web: Millard Fillmore Papers

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:36:06 -0500

The papers of Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), educator, U.S. representative from New York, vice president, and thirteenth president of the United States, contain approximately thirty-five items spanning the years 1839-1925, with the bulk dating from 1839 to 1870. The collection includes correspondence relating primarily to political issues such as slavery, Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and congressional politics. Individuals mentioned in the correspondence include Thomas Hart Benton, John C. Calhoun, and William Henry Harrison. Fillmore's correspondents include Philip Ricard Fendall, Solomon G. Haven, and Humphrey Marshall.

Click here for more information.