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Preservation Week 2018: Celebrating Veterans and Their Families

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:48:20 +0000

This is a guest post by Jacob Nadal, Director for Preservation at the Library of Congress. Every spring, libraries all across the U.S. celebrate Preservation Week. This annual event highlights what we can do, individually and together, to care for our personal collections and to support preservation efforts in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and […]

New Online: Benjamin Franklin Papers

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:46:07 +0000

This is a guest post by Julie Miller, a historian in the Manuscript Division. The papers of Benjamin Franklin at the Library of Congress have had almost as adventurous a life as Franklin had himself. They have been abandoned and recovered, cut up by a dressmaker to make patterns and used as collateral for debt. […]

New Online: Unique Collection of Censored Japanese Books

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:19:19 +0000

This is a guest post by Benny Seda-Galarza of the Library’s Communications Office. The Library’s Asian Division has digitized an archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of monographs and galley proofs censored by the Japanese government in the 1920s and 1930s. The Japanese Censorship Collection reveals traces of an otherwise-hidden censorship process through marginal […]

New Recordings Online for National Poetry Month

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:00:14 +0000

This post by Anne Holmes of the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center was first published on “From the Catbird Seat,” the center’s blog. National Poetry Month is here, and we’re over the moon to announce the release of 50 additional recordings from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, now available to stream online. The […]

Inquiring Minds: Uncovering the Many Meanings of Slave Narratives

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:40:37 +0000

Carley Reinhard first encountered stories of slave capture in early 2017 in Professor Stephanie Shaw’s African-American history course at Ohio State University. Reinhard became fascinated by one narrative that tells of red cloth being used to entice Africans onto ships bound for North America. During Shaw’s course, Reinhard asked Shaw to serve as her adviser […]

Free to Use and Reuse: Cycling Season Has Arrived!

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:38:15 +0000

On Sunday night, July 16, 1895, Hattie Strage of Chicago was arrested and fined for disorderly conduct. Her offense? Bicycling over the city’s fashionable South Side boulevards “arrayed in a bloomer suit consisting of flesh-colored tights and a short jacket.” Women’s cycling attire was a subject of intense scrutiny at the dawn of the golden […]

Literacy: The Library Is Looking for a Few Good Organizations

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:48:10 +0000

This is a guest post by Guy Lamolinara, communications officer in the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Do you work in the field of literacy or know someone who does? Then you may want to consider applying for a Library of Congress Literacy Award. Applications will be accepted from organizations that […]

New Online: Branch Rickey Scouting Reports

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:23:24 +0000

Opening day for Major League Baseball took place last week, on March 29—the earliest opening date in MLB history, excepting for special international events. This year’s opening day also marked the first time in 50 years that a full slate of games was scheduled for the first day. The Library of Congress is marking the […]

It’s #SpringFling Time! Help Us Celebrate the Season

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:00:28 +0000

This is a guest post by Naomi Coquillon of the Interpretive Programs Office. As spring slowly blossoms in Washington, we’re gearing up for our celebration of all things windy, flowery and new with our Spring Fling Pop-Up Exhibition. Open April 6, 7, 13 and 14, the pop-up invites visitors to experience the living history of […]

World War I: The Women’s Land Army

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:00:20 +0000

This is a guest post by Ryan Reft, a historian in the Manuscript Division, in honor of Women’s History Month. “The man with the hoe is gone. Six hundred thousand of him left the fields of America last year,” observed the Los Angeles Times in April 1918. Hundreds of thousands more would follow as a […]