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Manuscript Division collections provide fertile ground for curators and other specialists involved in creating exhibitions. The Manuscript Division exhibition registrar, in partnership with the division's manuscript specialists, the Library's Interpretive Programs Office (IPO) and the Conservation Division, facilitates the loan of original collection material to institutions worldwide. Exhibit quality facsimiles of collection material can be ordered through the Library's Duplication Services.

For information on how to request items for exhibition loan from any part of the Library, including the Manuscript Division, please consult the Library of Congress Interpretative Programs Office Loan Procedures to Institutions page. Contact the registrars, Tambra Johnson <tjoh@loc.gov> or Rachel Waldron <rwal@loc.gov>, with any further questions, or to begin a loan arrangement procedure.

All exhibition loans are subject to a conservation review. The Conservation Division will carry out treatments when necessary to stabilize the exhibition items. They will create exhibition housings for all collection material going on exhibition to ensure their safe handling and display, and are involved when items are sent by courier for installation and de-installation.

 

La Follette button

Robert La Follette campaign button, 1912. Container B-316, La Follette Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Exhibited in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center


The following institutions are among those that have borrowed or reproduced for display items from the Manuscript Division for recent or forthcoming exhibitions, ca. 2008-2011:

Abbe Museum: Celebrating Maine’s Native American Heritage,External link Bar Harbor, Maine
        Indians and Rusticators: Wabanaki and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island

The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation, Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey; and the Kansas City Museum, Kansas City, Missouri.
     The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator & Emancipator External link

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas
     Tango Alpha Charlie: Texas Aviation Centennial External link

Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation External link, The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center External link, Washburn, North Dakota
     The 175th Anniversary of the Visit of Prince Maximilian

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
     Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World External link

Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana External link
     Judah P. Benjamin: A Louisiana Statesman

Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, Ohio
     Myaamiaki iisi meehtohseeniwiciki How the Miami People Live External link

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, New York
     Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design External link

Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and the Society of the Cincinnati, Donald W. Reynolds Museum, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens External link, Mount Vernon, Virginia
     Gilder Lehrman Gallery: George Washington and Faith
     E. M. Kirby Foundation Gallery: George Washington and His Generals

Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea de Trento e Rovereto (Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto), Rovereto, Italy External link
      The Jazz Century: Art, Cinema, Music and Photography from Picasso to Basquiat

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
     The Universal Archive: The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia External link

Museu d’Història de Catalunya External link (Museum of the History of Catalonia), Barcelona, Spain
     Les Filles de la Libertat

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, New York
     The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service External link

Morgenthau portait

Portrait of Henry Morgenthau as a young man. Container 45, Henry Morgenthau Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Facsimile exhibited in The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Morgenthau receipt
Receipt, Hebrew Female Orphan Dowry, 1874. Container 5, Henry Morgenthau Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Facsimile exhibited in The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Fire label

Labels for Patent Pine-Balsam Syrup and Fire & Life Insurance Brokers. Container 5, Henry Morgenthau Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Facsimiles exhibited in The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Balsam label

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
     One Life: Katherine Graham External link

New-York Historical Society, New York, New York
     Lincoln and New York External link and
     Nation at the Crossroads: The Great New York Debate Over the Constitution, 1787–88 External link, (companion exhibition to a History Web External link site)

Tilton letter to Lincoln

Theodore Tilton to President Abraham Lincoln, February 3-4, 1863. Volume 102, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Exhibited in Abraham Lincoln in New York at Federal Hall, New York

Abolition petition

Abolition petition of the First Congregational Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., May 14, 1862. Volume 75, Abraham Lincoln Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Exhibited in Abraham Lincoln in New York, Federal Hall, New York

The Rail Splitter (a national organization of Lincoln scholars), the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission External link, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute, Federal Hall National Memorial, U.S. National Park Service, New York, New York
     Abraham Lincoln in New York: A Rail Splitter Bicentennial Celebration External link

Richard Nixon Foundation, Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace External link, Yorba Linda, California
     The 40th Anniversary of Richard Nixon’s Inaugural

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, External linkU.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
     A More Perfect Union
(ongoing rotating exhibitions of original documents)

University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, Virginia.
     Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece External link
See also a discussion blog. External link

Continental

Continental Army pay voucher for African American soldier, 1782. Container 1, William A. Gladstone Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Exhibited in A More Perfect Union, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

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