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The Digital Reference Section offers interactive online programs using webinar technology. Topics reflect the depth and breadth of the resources available in the Library's collections, while the webinar format allows participants from around the country and the world to learn from and interact with Library of Congress staff. Specialists from across the Library of Congress regularly join the Digital Reference Section in offering a varied slate of presentations.

Upcoming Programs

Mary Church Terrell: Pioneer Crusader for Equality and Justice
March 30, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm EDT

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Angela McMillian of the Humanities & Social Sciences Division as she explores the pioneering life and times of Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954). Highlights of Terrell’s remarkable and bold activism will demonstrate that African American women have a long history in the struggle to improve the quality of American life.
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Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies
Offered monthly.
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Program Offerings

The Digital Reference Section offers a variety of online programs, including:

1. Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies. This orientation webinar is offered monthly.
    • Please visit the Orientation page for a full description, schedule, and registration information.

2. Spotlight on Collections. Each of these topical workshops focuses on getting the most from a single digital collection on the Library's website, combining hands-on attention to navigation and discovery with exploration of collection content and context.

3. Objects, Subjects, Knowledge. Interested in learning more about a specific type or format of items in the Library's holdings? In exploring a subject area across the Library of Congress's vast collections—or beyond? Join specialists from the Digital Reference Section and the Library's research centers as we investigate the content, scope, meaning, and reach of Library resources.

Mary Church Terrell: Pioneer Crusader for Equality and Justice

“I will not shrink from undertaking what seems wise and good, because I labor under the double handicap of race and sex.”

                                                —Mary Church Terrell, Delta Sigma Theta Creed, 1914.

Advocate, educator, and writer Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was one of the few African American members of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). Born during the Civil War, Terrell was highly educated at a time when this was extremely rare for African American women. She earned an MS degree from Oberlin College, an honorary degree in humane letters also from Oberlin, and honorary degrees from Howard and Wilberforce Universities as well. Using her education and skills to improve the lives of black women, white women, and others, Terrell served as a teacher, activist, organizer, and advocate both for women’s suffrage and for civil rights. In addition to her role in NAWSA, in 1896 Terrell became the first president of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), a group that federated individual Colored women’s organizations at the national level, and later became a founding member of the NAACP. Terrell documented her life in her autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World (1940)

In honor of Women’s History Month, join Angela McMillian of the Humanities & Social Sciences Division as she explores the pioneering life and times of Mary Church Terrell. Highlights of Terrell’s remarkable and bold activism will demonstrate that African American women have a long history in the struggle to improve the quality of American life.

Date: Thursday, March 30
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm EDT
Registration: Please use the registration form.

Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email. Please read the Library of Congress Comment and Posting Policy.

On Site Option:  We are also hosting a group viewing of this webinar on site at the Library in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Research Training Center (Room LJ139B). No registration is required to attend in person, but those who register will receive follow-up communications via email.

Technical Requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with
speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]. Registration for the program is also required.

4. Curator's Choice. Library of Congress holdings are varied, extensive, and fascinating. In these programs, Library curators, archivists, and research specialists will highlight unique, significant, famous, or quirky items held by the Library of Congress.

Ask a LibrarianPrograms are announced through the Virtual Programs & Services RSS Feed and Email Subscription, and on this page. To attend an upcoming session, complete the Participant Registration Form. To request a program for your group, or for other questions, contact the Digital Reference Section via Ask A Librarian.

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