Contact: Yvonne French (202) 707-9191, Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

May 1, 1997

"American Treasures" of the Library of Congress Exhibition Available On-Line

"American Treasures of the Library of Congress," an unprecedented permanent, rotating exhibition of some of the most important and rare items in the Library's collections, can be viewed on-line at Approximately 60 items from the exhibition are now available, with additional items being added periodically.

"This on-line exhibition will give Americans everywhere the opportunity to view these materials that are so important in their nation's history," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "And for those who can come to the Library to view the exhibition, the electronic version will serve as an informative preview of what they will see."

To accommodate the varying capabilities of users' equipment, the Library is offering two versions: a high-end one that will incorporate animation and audio in its presentation, and a standard version. The on-line exhibition will provide links to the two choices, with information on the type of software required to visit the high-end version (which will be available by May 9).

Items available on-line include:

  • One of the Library's "top treasures," Thomas Jefferson's "rough draft" of the Declaration of Independence, with notations by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams;
  • The laboratory notebook of Alexander Graham Bell, including his drawing of the first telephone;
  • The earliest known baseball card, of the Brooklyn Atlantics, in 1865;
  • Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial;
  • The contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated; and
  • The design plan for a house in California by Frank Lloyd Wright.

"American Treasures of the Library of Congress," on view in the Thomas Jefferson Building, as well as its on- line presentation are made possible by generous support from the Xerox Foundation. The items in this permanent exhibition will be changed periodically, due to the fragility of some of the items; however, those items removed from display will continue to be available on-line, 24 hours a day.

The Library of Congress Jefferson Building is at 10 First St. S.E. Exhibition hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is closed on Sundays and federal holidays.

The on-line exhibition is one of 14 currently offered by the Library at

NOTE TO PRESS: Color slides of many of the items on-line and in the exhibition are available from the Public Affairs Office. Call (202) 707-9191 or (202) 707-9189 to request reproductions.

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PR 97-85
ISSN 0731-3527

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