Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707 1940

October 10, 1996

Press Briefing on Carson Collection

The Library of Congress has recently concluded an agreement to acquire the Marian S. Carson Collection, believed to be the most extensive private collection of early Americana. The collection includes such important and diverse historical treasures as unpublished papers of the Continental Congress and Revolutionary War figures; letters of several American presidents; a manuscript account of the departure of the first Pony Express rider from St. Joseph, Mo.; and the earliest photographic portrait made in the U.S.

WHAT: Items from the Carson Collection will be available to the press to see and to photograph, with Library curators on hand to discuss their historical significance.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The conference room of the Manuscript Division, first floor of the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., LM 102.

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PR 96-140
ISSN 0731-3527

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