"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort V ...About | View items 
"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943
"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia. The documentation was created by John Wesley Work III in ...
Aaron Copland CollectionAbout | View items 
Aaron Copland Collection
The inaugural online presentation of the Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress celebrates the centennial of the birth of the American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The multiformat Aaron Copland Collection from which the online collection derives spans the years 1910 to 1990 and includes approximately 400,000 items documenting the multifaceted life of an ...
Abdul Hamid II CollectionAbout | View items 
Abdul Hamid II Collection
This monumental collection portrays the Ottoman Empire during the reign of one of its last sultans, Abdul-Hamid II. The 1,819 photographs in 51 large-format albums date from about 1880 to 1893. They highlight the modernization of numerous aspects of the Ottoman Empire. Most of the places depicted are within the boundaries of modern-day Turkey, but ...
African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from th ...About | View items 
African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907
The Daniel A. P. Murray Pamphlet Collection presents a panoramic and eclectic review of African-American history and culture, spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, with the bulk of the material published between 1875 and 1900. Among the authors represented are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. ...
African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 ...About | View items 
African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition
The Paris Exposition of 1900 (Exposition universelle internationale de 1900) devoted a building to matters of "social economy." The United States section of the building featured an exhibit that, according to W. E. B. Du Bois, attempted to show "(a) The history of the American Negro. (b) His present condition. (c) His education. (d) His ...
African-American Band Music & Recordings, 1883-1 ...About | View items 
African-American Band Music & Recordings, 1883-1923
Image captions: (background) My little belle Creole [flute part], Gussie Davis, composer. (clockwise from top) My little belle Creole [drums and bells part]; Bob Cole (1868-1911) and J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954); James Reese Europe's Clef Club, ca. 1914; [African American band posed on steps to brick building], [1899 or 1900]. Collected by W.E.B. Du Bois. ...
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Int ...About | View items 
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor
After the Day of Infamy: "Man-on-the-Street" Interviews Following the Attack on Pearl Harbor presents approximately twelve hours of opinions recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than two hundred individuals in cities and towns across the United States. On December 8, 1941 (the day after the Japanese attack ...
Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Libra ...About | View items 
Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers at the Library of Congress
This online version of the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers is a small but significant portion selected from the entire Bell Papers, which numbers over 145,000 items. This digitized selection, made up of 4,695 items (equaling about 51,500 images), consists of correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs documenting Bell's invention of the telephone ...
Amazing GraceAbout | View items 
Since its creation in 1779 in England, "Amazing Grace" has grown in popularity to become one of the best-known hymns in America. Explore its history from the earliest printing of the song to various performances of it on sound recordings. Search an online catalog of the Chasanoff/Elozua Amazing Grace Collection which comprises published recorded performances ...
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song SheetsAbout | View items 
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
The Star Spangled Banner. Washington, D.C. Charles A. Anderson. Rare Book & Special Collections Division, Library of Congress The History of Song Sheets For most of the nineteenth century, before the advent of phonograph and radio technologies, Americans learned the latest songs from printed song sheets. Not to be confused with sheet music, song sheets ...
America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pict ...About | View items 
America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures. Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other ...
American Choral MusicAbout | View items 
American Choral Music
Opening Night of the New York Music Festival of 1881 - Handel's "Dettigen Te Deum." Wood engraving. From American Art Journal 35 (14 May 1881): cover. Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. American Choral Music is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In 2007, the ACDA and ...
American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006About | View items 
American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006
This electronic presentation features selected materials from the physical American Colony in Jerusalem Collection. The full collection in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress represents well over 16,600 items stemming from the history of the American Colony, a non-denominational utopian Christian community founded by a small group of American expatriates in Ottoman Palestine ...
American English Dialect Recordings: The Center ...About | View items 
American English Dialect Recordings: The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection
The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection contains 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. The recordings include speech samples, linguistic interviews, oral histories, conversations, and excerpts from public speeches. They were drawn from various archives, and from the private collections of fifty collectors, including linguists, dialectologists, and folklorists. They were submitted to the ...
American Landscape and Architectural Design 1850 ...About | View items 
American Landscape and Architectural Design 1850-1920: A Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design
Central Park Terrace, New York, Olmsted and Vaux, 1880 Slum dwelling in Philadelphia Mainline District Slum housing in early 20th century Trinity Church, Boston, H.H. Richardson, 1877 This teaching collection from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University comprises the lantern slides from the schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City Planning, which were ...
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Fe ...About | View items 
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
This collection of life histories consists of approximately 2,900 documents, compiled and transcribed by more than 300 writers from 24 states, working on the Folklore Project of the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program that was part of the U.S. Works Progress (later Work Projects) Administration (WPA) from 1936 to 1940. Typically 2,000-15,000 ...
American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts ...About | View items 
American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789
The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 represents an important historical record of the mapping of North America and the Caribbean. Most of the items presented here are documented in Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789: A Guide to the ...
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broads ...About | View items 
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana containing, among other materials, posters, playbills, songsheets, notices, invitations, proclamations, petitions, timetables, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, ballots, tickets, menus, and business cards. There are more than 28,000 items in the collection. The material dates from the seventeenth century to the present ...
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instructio ...About | View items 
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920
An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress. The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with ...
Andrew Jackson PapersAbout | View items 
Andrew Jackson Papers
Andrew Jackson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right. Chromolithograph, c. 1850-1900. Popular graphic arts collection, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. LC-USZC4-2109. This web presentation of the Andrew Jackson Papers at the Library of Congress contains gray-scale digital scans of documents contained in the 1967 microfilm edition of the Andrew Jackson Papers produced ...
Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American I ...About | View items 
Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar
In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's most well-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese-Americans interned there during World War II. For the first time, digital scans of both Adams's original negatives and his photographic prints appear side by side allowing viewers to see Adams's darkroom technique, in particular, how ...
Architecture, Design & Engineering DrawingsAbout | View items 
Architecture, Design & Engineering Drawings
The Architecture, Design, and Engineering category covers about 40,000 drawings (described in more than 3,900 catalog records), spanning 1600 to 1989, with most dating between 1880 and 1940. The designs are primarily for sites and structures in the U.S. (especially Washington, D.C.), as well as Europe and Mexico. American architects and architectural firms created most ...
Bain CollectionAbout | View items 
The George Grantham Bain Collection represents the photographic files of one of America's earliest news picture agencies. The collection richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their ...
Ballets RussesAbout | View items 
The world of ballet changed dramatically when the Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev took Paris by storm at the Théâtre du Châtelet in May of 1909. Armed with ground-breaking choreographic originality and an innovative use of collaborating artists, the Ballets Russes produced some of the most significant ballet masterpieces of the twentieth century, including Les ...
Band Music from the Civil War EraAbout | View items 
Band Music from the Civil War Era
On September 27, 1974, the Music Division of the Library of Congress re-created a typical concert of brass band and vocal music from mid-nineteenth-century America. That concert has become the starting-point for Band Music from the Civil War Era, an online collection that brings together musical scores, recordings, photographs, and essays documenting an important but ...
Baseball CardsAbout | View items 
John M. Ward, New York Giants, baseball card portrait The Benjamin K. Edwards Collection includes 2,100 early baseball cards dating from 1887 to 1914. Distributed in cigarette packs, these cards were the forerunners of modern sports trading cards. They portray such legendary figures of the game as Ty Cobb stealing third base for Detroit, Tris ...
Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: ...About | View items 
Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916
This collection consists of twenty-six films of San Francisco from before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1897-1916. Seventeen of the films depict San Francisco and its environs before the 1906 disaster. Seven films describe the great earthquake and fire. The two later films include a 1915 travelogue that shows scenes of the rebuilt ...
Brady-Handy CollectionAbout | View items 
Introduction In 1954 the Library of Congress purchased from Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans, the daughters of Levin C. Handy approximately 10,000 original, duplicate, and copy negatives. The L.C. Handy Studio had been located at 494 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Levin C. Handy (1855?-1932) was apprenticed at the age of twelve to ...
Brumfield CollectionAbout | View items 
William C. Brumfield, Professor of Russian Studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, has extensively photographed and written about the wooden architecture of the Russian North, the jumping-off point for the explorers, traders, and missionaries who colonized Siberia. He also has photographed the distinctive architecture of such Siberian cities as Perm, Tiumen', Tobol'sk, and Tomsk. ...
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in North ...About | View items 
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 presents documentation of a Nevada cattle-ranching community, with a focus on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch. The focus was on the work of buckaroos, as cowboys are commonly called in the region. Documentation includes 41 motion pictures and 28 sound recordings, motion pictures produced from 1945 to ...
Cabinet of American IllustrationAbout | View items 
Cabinet of American Illustration
The Cabinet of American Illustration contains more than four thousand original drawings by American book, magazine, and newspaper illustrators, made primarily between 1880 and 1910. It includes illustrations for magazines, novels, and children's books; cartoons; cover designs; and sketches for posters. More than two hundred artists are represented, including Charles Dana Gibson, Elizabeth Shippen Green, ...
California Gold: Northern California Folk Music ...About | View items 
California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell
The WPA California Folk Music Project is a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians. ...
Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie ...About | View items 
Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal
Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal captures the culture and music of the men, women, and children who worked and lived along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nye, who was born and raised on a canal boat, never lost his love of the "Big Ditch." After the canal closed permanently ...
Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the SouthAbout | View items 
Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South
Subject Strengths | Geographic Coverage | State by State Summary | Biographical Background | Survey Method | Survey Experience in Johnston's Own Words | Relationship to the Historic American Buildings Survey The Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS) is a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens documented by the noted ...
Carpenter CollectionAbout | View items 
Background and Scope Compilation and Donation of the Collection | Scope of the Collection Compilation and Donation of the Collection The more than 15,000 images in the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection represent the extensive photographic files assembled by Frank G. Carpenter and his daughter Frances to illustrate his popular writings on travel and geography. ...
Cartoon DrawingsAbout | View items 
Scope | Cartoonists | Cartoons by Type Scope of the Cartoon Drawings "I won the Nobel Prize for literature. What was your crime?" Bill Mauldin, artist, October 30, 1958. The Cartoon Drawings filing series offers more than 9,000 original drawings for editorial cartoons, caricatures, and comic strips spanning the late 1700s to the present, primarily ...
Cartoon Drawings: Herblock CollectionAbout | View items 
Cartoon Drawings: Herblock Collection
1929-1930s Herblock began drawing cartoons for daily newspapers in his native Chicago in 1929, just six months before the stock market crash plunged the world into the Great Depression. During his first decade as a cartoonist, the themes of economic catastrophe and war dominated his work. Only nineteen when his career began, Block imitated the ...
Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature ...About | View items 
Cartoon Drawings: Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon
The Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon contains 2,085 drawings, prints, and paintings related to the art of caricature, cartoon, and illustration. The collection spans the years 1780 to 1977 and includes works by 521 American and foreign artists and illustrators. Most of the images are cartoons, comic strips, and periodical illustrations ...
Cartoon Prints, AmericanAbout | View items 
Cartoon Prints, American
This assemblage of more than 500 prints made in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries encompasses several forms of political art. Most of the prints are from the division's PC/US series, which consists of individually cataloged political cartoons and caricatures. All of the prints meet two criteria: they were originally designed to express sentiments ...
Cartoon Prints, BritishAbout | View items 
Cartoon Prints, British
Background and Scope | Arrangement and Access Background and Scope Introduction | Cartoonists | The Royal Collection | Cartoon Themes Introduction The Prints and Photographs Division holds one of the largest collections of British political and satirical prints in America. The approximately 9,000 prints (approximately 8,500 distinct images) in the collection highlight British political life, ...
Case BooksAbout | View items 
The "Case Book" collection consists of more than 2,200 books and serials spanning the period 1550 to the present, with most published between 1840 and 1970. Illustrations are the featured aspect of these works, and many of the volumes contain original visual materials such as engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, fine photogravures, and photographic prints. The subject ...
Cities and TownsAbout | View items 
Cities and Towns
The Cities and Towns category includes maps that depict individual buildings to panoramic views of large urban areas. These maps record the evolution of cities illustrating the development and nature of economic activities, educational and religious facilities, parks, street patterns and widths, and transportation systems. Search Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Civil Rights History ProjectAbout | View items 
Civil Rights History Project
On May 12, 2009, the U. S. Congress authorized a national initiative by passing The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19). The law directs the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing oral history collections ...
Civil WarAbout | View items 
Explore the faces, places and events of the U.S. Civil War through photographs, prints and drawings. The Prints & Photographs Division holds thousands of images relating to the Civil War, found in many different collections. This category allows research across those collections. View a slide show of samples. Among the pictures combined in this category ...
Civil War Glass Negatives and Related PrintsAbout | View items 
Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints
This online collection provides access to about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath. The images represent the original glass plate negatives made under the supervision of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as well as the photographic prints in the Civil War photographs file in the ...
Civil War MapsAbout | View items 
Civil War Maps
Civil War Maps brings together materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia. Among the reconnaissance, sketch, and theater-of-war maps are the detailed battle maps made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss for Generals Lee and Jackson, General Sherman's Southern military campaigns, and ...
Civil War Sheet Music CollectionAbout | View items 
Civil War Sheet Music Collection
Cover art for "Fire Away Galop" by J. de Jasienski, published by Wm. Hall & Son, New York, 1866. The Civil War Sheet Music Collection at the Library of Congress consists of over 2500 pieces culled from the Library's collections. This collection is unique in that it offers a contemporary perspective from both sides of ...
Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment : Sel ...About | View items 
Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment : Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers
A Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers documents the Civil War experience of Captain Tilton C. Reynolds, a member of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Comprising 164 items (359 digital images), this online presentation includes correspondence, photographs, and other materials dating between 1861 and 1865. ...
Clara Barton PapersAbout | View items 
Clara Barton Papers
Philanthropist, nurse, educator, and lecturer. Correspondence, diaries, reports, legal and financial papers, organizational records, lectures, writings, scrapbooks, printed matter, memorabilia, and other papers relating to Barton's work to provide relief services during the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, the work of the American National Red Cross which she founded, and the National First Aid ...
College Women's Association of Japan Print Show ...About | View items 
College Women's Association of Japan Print Show Collection
More than 180 artists living and working in Japan created the 212 fine art prints in the College Women's Association of Japan Print Show Collection. The prints, dating primarily from 2003 to 2005, encompass a rich diversity of styles, printmaking techniques, and subject matter. The CWAJ show, an annual event in Tokyo, Japan, since 1956, ...
Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and HymnodyAbout | View items 
Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant and Hymnody
With its roots in Ancient Egyptian music, Coptic Christian chant is one of the oldest liturgical genres still performed today. Drawing on the Ragheb Moftah Collection, this presentation explores some of the earliest music transcriptions by explorers, missionaries, and scholars in Egypt, highlighting Moftah's efforts to notate, record, and preserve all Coptic Orthodox hymns. Learn ...
Crisis in Darfur, Sudan Web Archive, 2006About | View items 
Crisis in Darfur, Sudan Web Archive, 2006
Collection Period: February 20, 2006 to December 5, 2006. Described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the current conflict in Sudan’s western region of Darfur began in early 2003, when rebels attacked government targets and then expanded to the widespread killing of civilians and the destruction of villages. These attacks have ...
Curtis (Edward S.) CollectionAbout | View items 
Curtis (Edward S.) Collection
Background and Scope The Prints and Photographs Division Curtis collection consists of more than 2,400 silver-gelatin, first generation photographic prints--some of which are sepia-toned--made from Curtis's original glass negatives. Most of the photographic prints are 5" x 7" although nearly one hundred are 11" x 14" and larger; many include the Curtis file or negative ...
DaguerreotypesAbout | View items 
There are approximately 700 daguerreotypes in the Prints & Photographs Division. The majority of the images are portraits, but the collection does include a few early architectural views, outdoor scenes, and copies of works of art. 384 of the daguerreotypes are credited to Mathew Brady's studio. Brady, who today is mainly remembered for the work ...
Dayton C. Miller Musical Iconography CollectionAbout | View items 
Dayton C. Miller Musical Iconography Collection
Drei Flötenspieler (Three Flute Players) possibly by Andries Pauli, or Pauwels, le vieux, 17th century. Dayton C. Miller Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room. The Dayton C. Miller musical iconography collection complements Dr. Miller's world-renowned collection of flutes at the Library of Congress. The Miller iconography collection, unknown to many researchers, is an eclectic but important ...
Detroit Publishing CompanyAbout | View items 
Detroit Publishing Company
History of the Firm | Acquisition of the Collection | Photographers | Subjects History of the Firm Detroit Photographic Co.'s Special. (William Henry Jackson seated at table). 1902. LC-D4-42272 The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer ...
Discovery and ExplorationAbout | View items 
Discovery and Exploration
This category documents the discovery and exploration with both manuscripts and published maps. Many of these maps reflect the European Age of Discoveries, dating from the late 15th century to the 17th century when Europeans were concerned primarily with determining the outline of the continents as they explored and mapped the coastal areas and the ...
Documents from the Continental Congress and the ...About | View items 
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (256 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 277 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and ...
Dolly Parton & the Roots of Country MusicAbout | View items 
Dolly Parton & the Roots of Country Music
Though sometimes overshadowed by the more glamorous aspects of Dolly Parton's popular image, traditional Appalachian folk, country, and bluegrass music have played an important role in her life, to a much greater extent than one might imagine from looking at the bulk of her career. This presentation explores these influences on her life and career.
Drawings (Documentary)About | View items 
The Documentary Drawings category includes more than 3,000 drawings made between 1750 and 1970. Eye-witness sketches made during the U.S. Civil War are the most frequently used images. Also included are topographical views, bank note vignettes, portraits, and courtroom sketches. A large group of Russian drawings show areas of China in the 1800s. Among the ...
Drawings (Master)About | View items 
Background and Scope: Joseph Pennell Drawings Some 4,700 drawings created by American artist, illustrator, printmaker, and writer Joseph Pennell (1857-1926) are preserved in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Such a large body of work from the period known as America's golden age of illustration offers researchers many opportunities to gain new insights ...
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Infor ...About | View items 
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives
Background and Scope of the Collection The photographs of the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, formerly an economics instructor at Columbia University, ...
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Infor ...About | View items 
Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs
Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The pictures focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of ...
Felix Mendelssohn at the Library of CongressAbout | View items 
Felix Mendelssohn at the Library of Congress
To mark the bicentennial of the birth of composer Felix Mendelssohn on February 3, 2009, the Library of Congress’s Music Division, one of the world’s major repositories of primary source material related to the composer, is making available here on its Web site digital images of selected resources from its holdings.
Fenton Crimean War PhotographsAbout | View items 
Fenton Crimean War Photographs
Summary Roger Fenton's Crimean War photographs represent one of the earliest systematic attempts to document a war through the medium of photography. Fenton, who spent fewer than four months in the Crimea (March 8 to June 26, 1855), produced 360 photographs under extremely trying conditions. While these photographs present a substantial documentary record of the ...
Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed ...About | View items 
Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection
Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection is a multi-format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's ...
Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to ...About | View items 
Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond
Like our ancestors, we look up at the heavens and wonder. What is the structure of the universe? How significant are we? Are we alone? In Carl Sagan’s words, “we are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” To commemorate the acquisition of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan ...
Fine PrintsAbout | View items 
About 85,000 prints created as art works, ca. 1450-present (most dating between 1800 and the present). Prints by American printmakers and artists (e.g., Paul Revere, Mary Cassatt, Jim Dine, Joseph Pennell) predominate, but creators in many other countries are also represented (e.g., Albrecht Dürer and Marc Chagall). Subjects vary widely, for example, portraits, religious themes, ...
Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915About | View items 
Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915
The Library's Prints and Photographs Division houses more than 2,500 woodblock prints and drawings by Japanese artists of the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, and Yoshiiku. The Library of Congress appreciates the financial support provided by Nicihibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation) to scan 1,100 ...
Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937- ...About | View items 
Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942
Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections is a multiformat ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic, Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan, Seminole, and Slavic cultures throughout Florida. Recorded by Robert Cook, Herbert Halpert, Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, Alton Morris, and others in conjunction with the Florida Federal Writers' Project, the Florida Music Project, and ...
Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Cong ...About | View items 
Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress presents the papers of the nineteenth-century African American abolitionist who escaped from slavery and then risked his freedom by becoming an outspoken antislavery lecturer, writer, and publisher. The online collection, containing approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images), spans the years 1841-1964, with the bulk of the material ...
Freedom's Fortress: the Library of Congress, 193 ...About | View items 
Freedom's Fortress: the Library of Congress, 1939-1953
Freedom’s Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953, contains a selection of 209 letters, memoranda, photographs, and publications (1,176 images) documenting a momentous period in the history of the Library of Congress when the institution underwent a myriad of changes that established it as one of America’s foremost citadels of intellectual freedom. During and shortly after ...
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pa ...About | View items 
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection 1822-1909
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909 offers complete page images of the 396 titles in the African American Pamphlet Collection, as well as searchable electronic texts and bibliographic records. The digitization of the collection was made possible by a major gift from the Citigroup Foundation. The African American Pamphlet Collection was accessioned ...
Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral Hi ...About | View items 
Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training at the Library of Congress makes available interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST). These transcripts present a window into the lives of U.S. diplomats and the major diplomatic crisis ...
General MapsAbout | View items 
This category includes maps that typically portray the physical environment and a variety of cultural elements for a geographic area at a particular point in time. The maps in this category show a geographic area larger than a city or town and do not display a subject that is part of one of the thematic ...
Genthe CollectionAbout | View items 
Arnold Genthe (1869-1942) was an internationally recognized photographer working in the soft-focus pictorialist style. The Library of Congress acquired approximately 20,000 items from his unclaimed studio after his death. The "electronic collection" contains approximately 16,000 of Genthe's black and white negatives, transparencies, lantern slides, and color autochromes. Its production was part of an initiative by ...
Gladstone Collection of African American Photogr ...About | View items 
Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs
The William A. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs provides almost 350 images showing African Americans and related military and social history. The Civil War era is the primary time period covered, with scattered examples through 1945. Most of the images are photographs, including 270 cartes de visite. For the full range of genres, see ...
Goldstein Foundation Collection--Prints and Draw ...About | View items 
Goldstein Foundation Collection--Prints and Drawings
This category consists of all of the individually issued prints and drawings in the Ben and Beatrice Goldstein Foundation Collection: 1,688 items dating primarily from the 1880s to the 1960s. The collection focuses on working people, American industry, and political issues. Art work by social realists, women, African Americans, and Mexicans is well represented. Ben ...
Gottscho-Schleisner CollectionAbout | View items 
The collection of more than 45,000 items (negatives, transparencies and prints) came to the Library of Congress in the early 1980s. The online collection provides access to 29,000 negatives and color transparencies. These were copied during a special preservation project in 1991-1993. Covering a time period roughly between 1896 and 1970 with the bulk portion ...
Grabill CollectionAbout | View items 
The one hundred and eighty-eight photographs sent by John C.H. Grabill to the Library of Congress for copyright protection between 1887 and 1892 are thought to be the largest surviving collection of this gifted, early Western photographer's work. Grabill's remarkably well-crafted, sepia-toned images capture the forces of western settlement in South Dakota and Wyoming and ...
Great Conversations in MusicAbout | View items 
Great Conversations in Music
The programs for "Great Conversations in Music" were created and hosted by the late Eugene Istomin (1925-2003), one of the world's most admired classical musicians. The four-part series was commissioned by the Library of Congress in 2001 and produced and directed by Peter Rosen of Peter Rosen Productions, Inc. Filmed between December 2001 and March ...
Groups of Images (LOTs)About | View items 
Groups of Images (LOTs)
More than 13,000 groups of photographs, prints, drawings, and other visual material offer access to 1.5 million items dating primarily from the 1800s through the present. The groups, called "LOTs," gather images related to one another by provenance, creator, subject, or format into manageable sets. Examples include the component parts of the NAACP archives, photo ...
Guide RecordsAbout | View items 
This category provides an overview of collections in the Prints & Photographs Division in order to indicate the breadth and depth of the visual resources available for research. The descriptions of "filing series" represent a comprehensive outline of all collections, based on their storage category, for example, cartoon drawings, panoramic photographs, and theater posters. The ...
Hannah Arendt PapersAbout | View items 
Hannah Arendt Papers
The papers of the author, educator, and political philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) are one of the principal sources for the study of modern intellectual life. Located in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, they constitute a large and diverse collection reflecting a complex career. With over 25,000 items (about 75,000 digital images), the ...
Harris & Ewing CollectionAbout | View items 
Harris & Ewing Collection
Background and Scope of the Collection The Harris & Ewing, Inc. Collection of photographic negatives includes glass and film negatives taken by Harris & Ewing, Inc., which provide excellent coverage of Washington people, events, and architecture, during the period 1905-1945. Harris & Ewing, Inc., gave its collection of negatives to the Library in 1955. The ...
Highsmith (Carol M.) ArchiveAbout | View items 
Highsmith (Carol M.) Archive
Background and Scope The online presentation of the Carol M. Highsmith Archive features photographs of landmark buildings and architectural renovation projects in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States. The first 23 groups of photographs contain more than 2,500 images and date from 1980 to 2005, with many views in color as well as black-and-white. ...
Hispano Music & Culture of the Northern Rio Gran ...About | View items 
Hispano Music & Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection
Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. In 1940, Juan Bautista Rael of Stanford University, a native of Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, ...
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic Amer ...About | View items 
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey
The list of building types . . . should include public buildings, churches, residences, bridges, forts, barns, mills, shops, rural outbuildings, and any other kind of structure of which there are good specimens extant . . . . Other structures which would not engage the especial interest of an architectural connoisseur are the great number ...
Historic Sheet Music Collection, 1800-1922About | View items 
Historic Sheet Music Collection, 1800-1922
Pictured above, Cover art for for "Alice's reverie, op. 18," by J.P. Melmoth, published by Chas. W. Held, New York, 1890. This sheet music collection consists of approximately 9,000 items published from 1800 to 1922, although the majority is from 1850 to 1920 [view finding aid for the collection]. The bulk was published in many ...
Home Sweet Home: Life in Nineteenth-Century OhioAbout | View items 
Home Sweet Home: Life in Nineteenth-Century Ohio
Before the age of radio, television, and other electronic diversions, families made their own entertainment in the home by playing games, reading aloud, performing plays, and, of course, by making music. Children were taught to play the piano and sing from an early age and sheet music was widely available and inexpensive. The whole family ...
Horydczak CollectionAbout | View items 
The Theodor Horydczak Collection (about 14,350 photographs online) documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. A number of Washington events and activities, such as the 1932 ...
Hotchkiss Map CollectionAbout | View items 
Hotchkiss Map Collection
The Hotchkiss Map Collection contains cartographic items made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army. Hotchkiss made detailed battle maps primarily of the Shenandoah Valley, some of which were used by the Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson for their combat planning and strategy. Several of the ...
Indian General Elections 2009 Web ArchiveAbout | View items 
Indian General Elections 2009 Web Archive
Collection Period: April 9, 2009 to June 29, 2009. This collection of websites documents the 2009 Indian General Elections. As the world’s most populated democratic nation with the largest number of eligible voters, India’s political landscape encompasses an electorate comprised of 44 major linguistic groups and over 61 officially recognized political parties at the national ...
Indonesian General Elections 2009 Web ArchiveAbout | View items 
Indonesian General Elections 2009 Web Archive
Collection Period: March 10, 2009 to October 21, 2009. This collection of websites documents the Indonesian general elections held in 2009. The collection covers three separate rounds of elections during that year - the parliamentary election held in April, the first round of the presidential election held in April followed by the second/final round of ...
Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westing ...About | View items 
Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
The Westinghouse Works Collection contains 21 actuality films showing various views of Westinghouse companies. Most prominently featured are the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company. The films were intended to showcase the company's operations. Exterior and interior shots of the factories are shown along with scenes ...
Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictur ...About | View items 
Inventing Entertainment: The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies
Prolific inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) has had a profound impact on modern life. In his lifetime, the "Wizard of Menlo Park" patented 1,093 inventions, including the phonograph, the kinetograph (a motion picture camera), and the kinetoscope (a motion picture viewer). Edison managed to become not only a renowned inventor, but also a prominent manufacturer ...
Iraq War, 2003 Web ArchiveAbout | View items 
Iraq War, 2003 Web Archive
Collection Period: March 13, 2003 to June 16, 2003 and December 31, 2004 to July 21, 2009. On March 20, 2003, the United States began military action against Iraq for the stated purpose of deposing Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and preventing his use of suspected nuclear weapons (weapons of mass destruction). British, Australian, Polish, and ...
It's Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and ScreenAbout | View items 
It's Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen
Cover from "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody," by Irving Berlin [cover image by Henry Clive]. Ziegfeld Follies, 1919. The Library of Congress has vast holdings of dramatic music of all kinds, including operas, musicals and musical revues, and film music. Sheet music excerpts from these works have been published for over 300 years. ...
Joe SmithAbout | View items 
Joe Smith with Richard Perry photo: Sandy Gibson More than 25 years ago, retired music executive Joe Smith accomplished a Herculean feat—he got more than 200 celebrated singers, musicians and industry icons to talk about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. In 2012 Smith donated this treasure trove of unedited sound recordings to the nation’s ...
Johnston (Frances Benjamin) CollectionAbout | View items 
Johnston (Frances Benjamin) Collection
NEW! See Gardens and Historic Houses in more than 1,000 hand-colored photos Collection Overview: Lantern Slides for Garden & Historic House Lectures Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) was one of the first American women to achieve prominence as a photographer. Trained at the Académie Julian in Paris, she studied photography upon her return to Washington, D.C., ...
Korab CollectionAbout | View items 
This selection of almost 800 photographs by Balthazar Korab (b. 1926) documents 19 projects designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Included are corporate headquarters, airports, university facilities, embassies, private residences, churches, a museum, and a monumental arch. Korab captured their development in the 1950s and 1960s from model and site plan through construction to ...
Lamb Studios ArchiveAbout | View items 
Lamb Studios Archive
The online presentation of the Lamb Studios Archive offers images of nearly 2,500 design sketches for stained glass windows, murals, mosaics, furnishings, metalwork, and interior architecture. The drawings feature striking watercolors created from the 1860s to the 1990s, primarily for churches, synagogues, and other sacred spaces. The J. & R. Lamb Studios was founded in ...
Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and ...About | View items 
Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
The twenty-eight films of this collection are actuality motion pictures from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. They include footage of President William McKinley at his second inauguration; of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York; of President McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition; and of President McKinley's funeral. The films were produced ...
Lawrence & Houseworth CollectionAbout | View items 
Lawrence & Houseworth Collection
In 1867 the Library of Congress acquired a set of more than 900 albumen silver half stereographs published by Lawrence and Houseworth of San Francisco. The acquisition also included the third edition of Gems of California Scenery, a catalog listing titles for all the views published by the firm. This was one of the Library's ...
Legal Blawgs Web ArchiveAbout | View items 
Legal Blawgs Web Archive
Collection Period: March 1, 2007 to Present (ongoing archive). The Legal Blawgs Web Archive is a selective collection of authoritative sites (associated with American Bar Association approved law schools, research institutes, think tanks, and other expertise-based organizations) that contain unique, born digital content. These blogs contain journal-style entries, articles and essays, discussions, and comments on ...
Leonard BernsteinAbout | View items 
About the Leonard Bernstein Collection The Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress is as exceptional as its name would suggest. Bernstein, arguably the most prominent figure in American classical music of the twentieth century, made his impact as a conductor, as a composer of classical and theater music, and as an educator through ...
Library of Congress ConcertsAbout | View items 
Library of Congress Concerts
Captions for the images: (left) The Coolidge Auditorium; (right, top to bottom) Elizabeth Coolidge with Martha Graham, Performers on the Coolidge stage; Janos Starker, cellist, rehearsing on the Coolidge stage. Since the inaugural concerts in 1925, the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress has been the venue for countless world-class performers, performances and premieres ...
Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photo ...About | View items 
Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs
View: Confederate Images View: Union Images View: Women & Children Summary: More than 1,000 special portrait photographs, called ambrotypes and tintypes, represent both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The photographs often show weapons, hats, canteens, musical instruments, painted backdrops, and other details that enhance the research value of the collection. ...
Lomax CollectionAbout | View items 
The collection includes 400 snapshot photographs made in the course of sound recording expeditions carried out by John Avery Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Ruby Terrill Lomax, between 1934 and ca. 1950 for the Archive of American Folk-Song. The photographs, which were transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division from the Archive of American Folk-Song in ...
Look CollectionAbout | View items 
The Look Magazine Photograph Collection is a vast photographic archive created to illustrate Look magazine and related publications produced by companies founded by Gardner Cowles. The cataloged portion of the collection totals some four million published and unpublished images made by photographers working for Look, most dating 1952-1971. With its coverage of U.S. and international ...
Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisia ...About | View items 
Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase
The Louisiana Purchase is a landmark event in American history, one that had a lasting impact not only on the size of the United States, but also on its economic, cultural, and political makeup. Before President Thomas Jefferson's administration purchased the territory in 1803, parts or all of the territory had been under the control ...
Manuscript Division Web ArchiveAbout | View items 
Manuscript Division Web Archive
Collection Period: March 30, 2006 to December 2, 2006 and January 1, 2009 to Present (ongoing archive). The Manuscript Division Web Archive includes principally websites of organizations with which the Division has an existing relationship. Although diverse in content, they fall into several broad categories. First, there are sites for non-governmental, voluntary organizations, including civil ...
Mapping the National ParksAbout | View items 
Mapping the National Parks
The Mapping the National Parks collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, reflecting early mapping of the areas that would become four National Parks, as well as the parks themselves. Production ...
Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870About | View items 
Maps of Liberia, 1830-1870
This collection of Liberia maps includes twenty examples from the American Colonization Society (ACS), organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. These maps show early settlements in Liberia, indigenous political subdivisions, and some of the building lots that were assigned to settlers. This on-line presentation also includes other nineteenth-century maps of ...
Matson (G. Eric and Edith) Photograph CollectionAbout | View items 
Matson (G. Eric and Edith) Photograph Collection
The G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection is a rich source of historical images of the Middle East. The majority of the images depict Palestine (present day Israel and the West Bank) from 1898 to 1946. Most of the collection consists of over 22,000 glass and film photographic negatives and transparencies created by the ...
Military Battles and CampaignsAbout | View items 
Military Battles and Campaigns
This category contains maps showing campaigns of major military conflicts including troop movements, defensive structures and groundworks, roads to and from sites of military engagements, campsites, and local buildings, topography and vegetation. Some of the maps are manuscripts drawn on the field of battle, while others are engraved including some that have manuscript annotations reflecting ...
Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911About | View items 
Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
Between 1897 and 1911 Elizabeth Smith Miller and her daughter, Anne Fitzhugh Miller, filled seven large scrapbooks with ephemera and memorabilia related to their work with women's suffrage. The Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection in the Rare Book and Special ...
Miscellaneous Items in High DemandAbout | View items 
Miscellaneous Items in High Demand
The "Miscellaneous Items" category consists of more than 80,000 descriptions of individual images from a variety of the Prints & Photographs Division's photographic, print, drawing, and architectural holdings. These items were singled out for description because copy photographs or digital copies were requested for a publication, exhibition, or other special project that increased demand for ...
Musical Instruments at the Library of CongressAbout | View items 
Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress
Instrument collecting at the Library began in 1935 with the donation of five Stradivarius stringed instruments by Mrs. Gertrude Clarke Whittall. Since then other instruments have been acquired, including strings, flutes and winds, and Siamese folk instruments. This site offers descriptive information about the instrument collections, as well as photos and an audio comparison of ...
National Child Labor Committee CollectionAbout | View items 
National Child Labor Committee Collection
Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1924. The NCLC photos are useful for the study of labor, reform movements, children, working class families, education, public health, urban and rural housing conditions, industrial ...
National Photo Company CollectionAbout | View items 
National Photo Company Collection
The National Photo Company Collection documents virtually all aspects of Washington, D.C., life. During the administrations of Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, the National Photo Company supplied photographs of current news events in Washington, D.C., as a daily service to its subscribers. It also prepared sets of pictures on popular subjects and undertook special ...
Omaha Indian MusicAbout | View items 
Omaha Indian Music
Omaha Indian Music presents selections from the American Folklife Center's collections documenting Omaha music traditions. The sound recordings include 44 wax cylinder recordings made in the 1890s (first published on a 1985 LP entitled Omaha Indian Music: Historical Recordings from the Fletcher/La Flesche Collection), 323 songs and spoken-word segments from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration ...
Origins of American AnimationAbout | View items 
Origins of American Animation
The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans the years 1900 to 1921. The films include clay, puppet, and cut-out animation, as well as pen drawings. They point to a connection between newspaper comic strips and early animated films, as represented by Keeping ...
PH Filing Series PhotographsAbout | View items 
PH Filing Series Photographs
The PH filing series section of the catalog covers more than 2,500 original, individually cataloged photographic prints and more than 100 portfolios containing sets of prints created between the 1840s and the present. Many of the Library's photographic prints that have a special aesthetic, technical, or historic importance are preserved in this series, which emphasizes ...
Panoramic MapsAbout | View items 
The panoramic map was a popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. and Canadian cities and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Known also as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, and aero views, panoramic maps are nonphotographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from above at an oblique angle. Although not generally ...
Panoramic PhotographsAbout | View items 
The Panoramic Photograph Collection contains approximately four thousand images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. These panoramas offer an overview of the nation, its enterprises and its interests, with a focus on the start of the twentieth century when the panoramic photo format was at the height of its popularity. Subject strengths include: agricultural ...
Papal Transition 2005 Web ArchiveAbout | View items 
Papal Transition 2005 Web Archive
Collection Period: April 5th, 2005 to November 30th, 2005. On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84; seventeen days later, on April 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI was elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The death of a presiding pope of the Catholic Church is an ...
Photochrom PrintsAbout | View items 
The Photochrom Print Collection has almost 6,000 views of Europe and the Middle East and 500 views of North America. Published primarily from the 1890s to 1910s, these prints were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan. The richly colored images look like photographs but are actually ...
Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thoma ...About | View items 
Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Thomas Biggs Harned Walt Whitman Collection
This collection offers access to the four Walt Whitman notebooks and his cardboard butterfly that were among 10 notebooks which went missing from the Library of Congress after a 1942 wartime evacuation of treasures. The five items were returned on February 24, 1995, leaving six notebooks remain missing. The Thomas B. Harned collection of the ...
Popular Graphic ArtsAbout | View items 
Popular Graphic Arts
About 15,000 historical prints (ca. 1700-1900) created to document geographic locations or popular subjects and sometimes used for advertising and educational purposes. Most are by American printmakers (e.g., Baillie, Currier & Ives, Sachse & Co.), but publishers in many other countries are also represented (e.g., Antonio Vanegas Arroyo). Subjects vary widely, from city and harbor ...
Posters: Artist PostersAbout | View items 
Posters: Artist Posters
The online Artist Posters consist of a small but growing proportion of the more than 85,000 posters in the Artist Poster filing series. This series highlights the work of poster artists, both identified and anonymous. It includes posters from the nineteenth century to the present day from the United States and other countries. Background and ...
Posters: Performing Arts PostersAbout | View items 
Posters: Performing Arts Posters
The Performing Arts posters illustrate the wide range of popular, live entertainment in America from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. The approximately 2,100 posters in the online Performing Arts Posters category represent the entire contents of three collections: the Magic Poster Collection, the Minstrel Poster Collection, and the Theatrical Poster Collection. Background ...
Posters: Spanish Civil War PostersAbout | View items 
Posters: Spanish Civil War Posters
The collection of Spanish Civil War posters in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division consists of approximately 120 posters created between 1936 and 1939. In July of 1936, Francisco Franco led a military coup with the goal of overthrowing the democratically elected government of the Spanish Republic, marking the beginning of the Spanish ...
Posters: WPA PostersAbout | View items 
Posters: WPA Posters
The Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection consists of 907 posters produced from 1936 to 1943 by various branches of the WPA. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. The posters were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health ...
Posters: World War I PostersAbout | View items 
Posters: World War I Posters
During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The Library of Congress Prints ...
Posters: Yanker Poster CollectionAbout | View items 
Posters: Yanker Poster Collection
The Yanker Poster Collection includes more than 3,000 political, propaganda, and social issue posters and handbills, dating 1927-1980. Most posters are from the United States, but over 55 other countries and the United Nations are also represented. The materials were acquired by gift of Gary Yanker in 1975 and later. Background and Scope In 1975, ...
Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Fam ...About | View items 
Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letters, 1862-1912
This digital collection integrates two collections from the holdings of the Nebraska State Historical Society, the Solomon D. Butcher photographs and the letters of the Uriah W. Oblinger family. Together they illustrate the story of settlement on the Great Plains. Approximately 3,000 glass plate negatives crafted by Butcher record the process of settlement in Nebraska ...
Presidential InaugurationsAbout | View items 
"I Do Solemnly Swear . . .": Presidential Inaugurations is a collection of approximately 400 items (2,000 digital files) relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to Barack Obama's in 2009. It includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and ...
Prokudin-Gorskii CollectionAbout | View items 
The Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between ca. 1905 and 1915. Frequent subjects among the 2,607 distinct images include people, religious architecture, historic sites, industry and agriculture, public works construction, scenes along water and railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities. An active photographer ...
Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996About | View items 
Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996
Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996 presents 181 segments from recorded interviews with quiltmakers and 410 graphic images (prints, positive transparencies, and negatives) from two collections in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/00) and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest Collection (AFC 1997/011). ...
RagtimeAbout | View items 
Railroad Maps, 1828-1900About | View items 
Railroad Maps, 1828-1900
The Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early railroaders. Included in the collection are progress report surveys for individual lines, official ...
Rochambeau Map CollectionAbout | View items 
Rochambeau Map Collection
The Rochambeau Map Collection contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. The maps were from Rochambeau's personal collection, cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to 1795. The maps ...
Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Cong ...About | View items 
Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919
Approximately 6,500 items from the Samuel F. B. Morse Papers in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress have been digitized, including correspondence, diaries, printed matter, maps, drawings and miscellany. These document Morse's invention of the electromagnetic telegraph, his participation in the development of telegraph systems in the United States and abroad, his career ...
Sanborn MapsAbout | View items 
Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress. 1981 The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division. The online checklist is based upon the Library's 1981 publication Fire Insurance Maps in ...
Selections from the Katherine Dunham CollectionAbout | View items 
Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection
[Katherine Dunham, dancer, three-quarter length portrait] (top to bottom) Katherine Dunham as Woman with a Cigar from Tropics, by Alfredo Valenti; Katherine Dunham in the 1940 Broadway hit production of Cabin in the Sky; Katherine Dunham in Le Jazz Hot, originally presented in 1939; Katherine Dunham in a 1952 photograph of Floyd's Guitar Blues. The ...
Selections from the Martha Graham CollectionAbout | View items 
Selections from the Martha Graham Collection
(clockwise from top left) The Dance: Washington Festival [review]; "Graham Presents Copland's Ballet" [clipping] by Oscar Thompson; A unique dance by Martha Graham [clipping], 1926; [Tangara], photograph of Martha Graham. Dancer, choreographer, and company director Martha Graham (1894-1991) is considered one of the pioneering founders of American modern dance. In a career spanning over seven ...
September 11, 2001, Documentary ProjectAbout | View items 
September 11, 2001, Documentary Project
The September 11, 2001, Documentary Project captures the heartfelt reactions, eyewitness accounts, and diverse opinions of Americans and others in the months that followed the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Patriotism and unity mixed with sadness, anger, and insecurity are common themes expressed in this online ...
Show Music on RecordAbout | View items 
Show Music on Record
Show Music on Record provides a reference list of recordings of songs from American shows (and of foreign shows that played in America) as performed by members of original, revival, and studio casts. Included are shows produced for the American stage, screen, and television, as well as foreign musical films that played in America. It ...
Sikkim Photos (Kandell Collection)About | View items 
Sikkim Photos (Kandell Collection)
This selection of 300 images from the Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs portrays the people and landscape of a kingdom high in the Himalaya Mountains. Sikkim, now part of India, borders on Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Dr. Kandell captured these vivid scenes in order to document a vanishing culture. During visits between ...
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860About | View items 
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860, consists of 105 library items, totaling approximately 8,700 pages. The items are drawn principally from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with a few from the General Collections. The selection was guided in large part by the entries in Slavery ...
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 So ...About | View items 
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip
The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip is a multiformat ethnographic field collection that includes nearly 700 sound recordings, as well as fieldnotes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern United States. Beginning in Port Aransas, Texas, on March 31, 1939, and ending at the Library ...
Sports BylineAbout | View items 
Since 1988, the Sports Byline USA radio series has regularly presented interviews with notable figures from the world of sports. To this point, they have aired over 6,400 such interviews with athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, owners, writers and others in the areas of baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, track and field and other ...
Stereograph CardsAbout | View items 
Stereographs consist of two nearly identical photographs or photomechanical prints, paired to produce the illusion of a single three-dimensional image, usually when viewed through a stereoscope. The Prints & Photographs Division's holdings include images produced from the 1850s to the 1940s, with the bulk of the collection dating between 1870 and 1920. The online images ...
Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in S ...About | View items 
Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia
Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia presents 718 excerpts of sound recordings, 1,256 photographs, and 10 manuscripts from the American Folklife Center's Coal River Folklife Project Collection. The project documented traditional uses of the mountains in the Big Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia, and explored the cultural dimensions of ...
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolnian ...About | View items 
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960) of Chicago presented his outstanding collection of Lincolniana to the Library of Congress in 1953. Stern began collecting in the 1920s. His collection documents the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) both through writings by and about Lincoln as well as a large body of publications concerning the issues of the times ...
The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popul ...About | View items 
The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
The period 1870 to 1920 was a dynamic time of change in the United States. It was marked by massive European immigration and major population shifts between regions of the country, including migration from rural to urban centers that led to the dramatic growth of cities. During these fifty years, the nation's urban population increased ...
The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine CollectionAbout | View items 
The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine in London American actor, singer and comedian Danny Kaye arrives with his wife, Sylvia Fine, for an appearance in London. November 1948. Following the professional lives of the husband-wife artistic duo, this presentation features a wide variety of materials, including manuscripts, scores, scripts, photographs, sound recordings and video clips from ...
The Evolution of the Conservation MovementAbout | View items 
The Evolution of the Conservation Movement
The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress. The collection consists of 62 books and pamphlets, 140 Federal ...
The Gerry Mulligan CollectionAbout | View items 
The Gerry Mulligan Collection
[Portrait of Gerry Mulligan, ca. 1980s] by William P. Gottlieb. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. As a saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader, Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) is a jazz legend. The Library of Congress serves as the repository for the Gerry Mulligan Collection, which it obtained in the late 1990s. In this initial ...
The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of ...About | View items 
The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the “Star Spangled Banner” as played by different bands ...
The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 189 ...About | View items 
The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
This collection contains forty-five films of New York dating from 1898 to 1906 from the Paper Print Collection of the Library of Congress. Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company productions.
The March King: John Philip SousaAbout | View items 
The March King: John Philip Sousa
Painting of Sousa during US Marine Band era, [n.d.]. Performing Arts Reading Room. An online presentation of selected music manuscripts, photographs, printed music, historical recordings of the Sousa Band, copies of programs and press clippings, and more from the Sousa Collection at the Library of Congress. About the John Philip Sousa Collection at the Library ...
The Roger Reynolds CollectionAbout | View items 
The Roger Reynolds Collection
Roger Reynolds' compositions incorporate elements of theater, digital signal processing, dance, video, and real-time computer spatialization, in a signature multidimensionality of engagement. This Web site provides a glimpse into the process of this Pulitzer prizewinning American composer.
The Spanish-American War in Motion PicturesAbout | View items 
The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
This presentation features 68 motion pictures produced between 1898 and 1901 of the Spanish-American War and the subsequent Philippine Revolution. The Spanish-American War was the first U.S. war in which the motion picture camera played a role. These films were made by the Edison Manufacturing Company and the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company and consist ...
Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on FilmAbout | View items 
Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film consists of 104 motion pictures, eight of which are featured in other online collections, and four sound recordings. The majority of the motion pictures (87) are from the Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (M/B/RS) at the Library of Congress. ...
Tissandier CollectionAbout | View items 
The Tissandier Collection contains approximately 975 items documenting the early history of aeronautics with an emphasis on balloon flight in France and other European countries. Subjects include general and technical images of balloons, airships, and flying machines; portraits of famous balloonists; views of numerous ascensions, accidents, and world’s fairs; cartoons featuring balloon themes; pictorial and ...
Traditional Music and Spoken WordAbout | View items 
Traditional Music and Spoken Word
(clockwise from top): Charles Todd at the recording machine surrounded by a group of Mexican boys and men; Will Neal playing fiddle and being recorded by Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin; Blind Willie McTell, with 12-string guitar, hotel room, Atlanta, Georgia. (background): Sample drawer from the American Folklife Center's card catalog. Card shown is catalog ...
Van Vechten CollectionAbout | View items 
Van Vechten Collection
About This Collection The Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection at the Library of Congress consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. A much smaller portion of the collection ...
Visual Image Web Sites ArchiveAbout | View items 
Visual Image Web Sites Archive
Collection Period: April 5th, 2006 to November 30th, 2006. Like books and magazines in the Library's general collections, this set of websites complements the original and historical visual material held in the Prints & Photographs Division. Included are sites for photographers and cartoonists represented in P&P (e.g., Kuper, Prokudin-Gorskii, Rogovin, and Telnaes). Also, websites for ...
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves T ...About | View items 
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories
The almost seven hours of recorded interviews presented here took place between 1932 and 1975 in nine Southern states. Twenty-three interviewees, born between 1823 and the early 1860s, discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, coercion of slaves, their families, and freedom. Several individuals sing songs, many of which were learned during the time of ...
Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd a ...About | View items 
Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941
Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection consists of audio recordings, photographs, manuscript materials, ...
Votes for Women: Selections from the National Am ...About | View items 
Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
The NAWSA Collection consists of 167 books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign. They are a subset of the Library's larger collection donated by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, in November of 1938. The collection includes works from the libraries of other members and officers of ...
Washington During the Civil War: the Diary of Ho ...About | View items 
Washington During the Civil War: the Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865
Washington During the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865 presents three manuscript volumes that document daily life in Washington, D.C., through the eyes of U.S. Patent Office examiner Horatio Nelson Taft (1806-1888), including Taft's connection with Abraham Lincoln and his family. Of special interest is Taft's description of Lincoln's assassination, based on ...
Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library ...About | View items 
Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers at the Library of Congress
This selection of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s papers at the Library of Congress comprises about 10,121 items (approximately 49,084 digital images) documenting the lives of the Wright brothers and their pioneering work leading to the world's first powered, controlled and sustained flight. Included in the collection are diaries and notebooks, correspondence, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, ...
William P. Gottlieb CollectionAbout | View items 
William P. Gottlieb Collection
In 1995 the Library of Congress purchased the William P. Gottlieb Collection with financial support from the Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund. The collection consists of jazz photographs taken by writer-photographer William P. Gottlieb, from 1938 to 1948, the "Golden Age of Jazz" when swing reached its peak and modern jazz developed. While on ...
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records o ...About | View items 
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party
Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party presents images that depict the tactics used by the militant wing of the suffrage movement in the United States—including picketing, petitioning, pageants, parades and demonstrations, hunger strikes and imprisonment---as well as individual portraits of organization leaders and members. The photographs document the National ...
Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk S ...About | View items 
Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950
Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950 highlights letters between Woody Guthrie and staff of the Archive of American Folk Song (now the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center) at the Library of Congress. The letters were written primarily in the early 1940s, shortly after Guthrie had moved to New ...
Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an ...About | View items 
Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting
Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting presents 470 interview excerpts and 3882 photographs from the Working in Paterson Folklife Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The four-month study of occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey, was conducted in 1994. The documentary materials presented in this online collection ...
World War II Military Situation MapsAbout | View items 
World War II Military Situation Maps
The World War II Military Situation Maps contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe, showing the progress of the Allied Forces as they push towards Germany. Some of the sheets are ...
World's Transportation CommissionAbout | View items 
World's Transportation Commission
The World's Transportation Commission Photograph Collection contains nearly nine hundred images by American photographer William Henry Jackson. In addition to railroads, elephants, camels, horses, sleds and sleighs, sedan chairs,rickshaws, and other types of transportation, Jackson photographed city views, street and harbor scenes, landscapes, local inhabitants, and Commission members as they travelled through North Africa, Asia, ...
Wright Brothers NegativesAbout | View items 
Wright Brothers Negatives
Orville Wright The first powered flight was made by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on December 17, 1903, the result of years of experiments and design by the Wright brothers, who were operators of a bicycle repair shop and factory in Dayton, Ohio. The brothers continued their flying experiments in Ohio and in Fort ...
Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congr ...About | View items 
Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress
The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress present ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and folklorist. Deposited as unpublished typescripts in the United States Copyright Office between 1925 and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished and unproduced until a manuscript curator rediscovered them in the Copyright Deposit Drama Collection ...
Bronislava Nijinska CollectionAbout | View items 
Bronislava Nijinska Collection
Photograph of Bronislava Nijinska, graduation picture, 1908. Music Division, Library of Congress. The collection of notable dancer, choreographer and teacher Bronislava Nijinska (1891-1972) contains a diverse variety of materials documenting dance and the arts in the twentieth century. Available here are over 200 collection items, including manuscripts, books, diaries, choreographic notebooks, correspondence, moving image materials, ...