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Building Black History: Find Your Roots

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:34 +0000

This is a guest post by Bryonna Head, a public affairs assistant in the Communications Office. It is reprinted from the January–February issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The issue is available in its entirety online. The Library’s local history and genealogy resources make it easier for African-Americans to explore their family histories. […]



Technology at the Library: Long-Hidden Text Is Uncovered in Alexander Hamilton Letter

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:11 +0000

This is a guest post by Julie Miller, a historian in the Manuscript Division. It is published today to coincide with the anniversary of Alexander Hamilton’s birth: He was born on January 11, 1757. In the mid-19th century John Church Hamilton, a son of Alexander and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, published an edition of his father’s […]



Inquiring Minds: Performing the History of Musical Theater

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:00:15 +0000

Teachers and filmmakers have long relied on primary sources to make history come alive. Ben West, director, performer and musical theater historian, is also drawn to them—but with a novel purpose. He is using unpublished manuscripts, papers of Broadway authors, copyright records and more to tell the story of the American musical—through a musical. His […]



Veterans on the Homefront: War Creates an Artist

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:00:56 +0000

This is a guest post by Megan Harris, a librarian with the Veterans History Project. It is one of four profiles that make up “Veterans on the Homefront,” published in the November–December 2017 issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. This profile recounts the way in which Tracy Sugarman was affected by his time […]



This Day in History: Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie Through Photographs and More

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:00:51 +0000

“Be-bop is a way of phrasing and accenting. The accent is on the up beat. Instead of OO-bah, it’s oo-BAH. Different chords, too. And lots of flatted 5ths and 9ths. There’s lots more to it. But just now I can’t think of what.” —Dizzy Gillespie, Sept. 10, 1947, Down Beat Dizzy Gillespie—trumpeter, composer, bandleader—made an […]



Hearing Abraham Lincoln’s Voice

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

This is a guest post by Michelle Krowl, a historian in the Manuscript Division. Imagine you can hear Abraham Lincoln speaking the words from his famous Second Inaugural Address: “With malice toward none; with charity for all.” What voice did you supply for Lincoln? Was it a resonant baritone, or a high-pitched tenor? While many […]



EverydayLOC: New Year’s Resolutions

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 16:45:15 +0000

Happy New Year! There is something sort of refreshing to me about saying those words. I have always fully embraced the notion that a new calendar year, psychologically speaking, offers a particular moment to reset, recommit and reprioritize. Whether you call them New Year’s Resolutions or, as one of my dear friends refers to them, […]



Veterans on the Homefront: A Wasp Born to Fly

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:00:15 +0000

This is a guest post by Megan Harris, a librarian with the Veterans History Project. It is one of four profiles that make up “Veterans on the Homefront,” published in the November–December 2017 issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. This profile recounts the way in which Violet Clara Thurn Cowden was affected by […]



Inquiring Minds: Raising a Curtain on Amy Beach, Musical Pioneer

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:00:20 +0000

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Amy Beach (1867–1944), whose musical accomplishments changed the way Americans understood the possibilities for women in music. Born in New Hampshire to a prominent New England family, Beach was a child prodigy: by age four, she was composing simple waltzes; at seven, she began giving […]



Update on the Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:00:24 +0000

In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisition—a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text beginning with the first tweets of 2006 through 2010, and continuing with all public tweet text going forward. The Library took this step for the same reason it collects other materials – […]