News from the Library of Congress

June 2018

May 2018

  • May 30, 2018  (18-072)
    Library Receives Donation of Popular Art Valued in the Millions The Library of Congress announced today that collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi has donated to the nation’s library more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, including the original storyboards that document the creation of Mickey Mouse. This multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials,...
    • Date: 2018-05-30
  • May 29, 2018  (18-054)
    Library of Congress Announces Reading-Writing Competition Winners Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national writing competition, has announced its winners for 2018. The national program, now in its 26th year, asks young people in grades 4-12 to write to an author about how his or her work affected their lives.More than 46,800 young readers from across the country participated in the annual initiative, which aims to instill a lifelong love...
    • Date: 2018-05-29
  • May 25, 2018  (18-074)
    Summer of Baseball to Feature Family Day, Series of Programs with Library's 'Baseball Americana' Exhibition A vintage baseball clinic based on the game’s 19th-century rules, a children’s performance about African-American ballplayers, a conversation with “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and a screening of the popular film “Field of Dreams” will highlight a summer of programs to accompany the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” at the Library of Congress.Baseball Americana Family Day on Saturday, July 14, will present a daylong series of...
    • Date: 2018-05-25
  • May 24, 2018  (18-073)
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Join Main Stage of 2018 National Book Festival U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will launch her first children’s book, along with a young readers adaptation of her memoir, as part of the Main Stage lineup of authors at the 2018 National Book Festival, the Library of Congress announced today. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will interview Sotomayor about her new book, “Turning Pages: My Life Story,” which tells about her childhood...
    • Date: 2018-05-24
  • May 17, 2018  (18-065)
    Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or physically disabled.The Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL) in Denver will receive the Regional Library of the Year Award, while Braille and Talking Books at Taylor Community Library (BTBTCL) in...
    • Date: 2018-05-17
  • May 15, 2018  (18-071)
    Papers of President Woodrow Wilson Now Online The papers of President Woodrow Wilson, from his time in the White House and as a scholar and governor of New Jersey, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress 100 years after his presidency. Documents from Wilson also are featured in the Library’s exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.”Librarian of Congress Carla...
    • Date: 2018-05-15
  • May 14, 2018  (18-070)
    Mark Sweeney Named Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Mark Sweeney will serve as Principal Deputy Librarian of Congress.Sweeney has served as Acting Deputy Librarian of Congress since September 2017.“Mark has been a dedicated public servant and leader at the Library for three decades,” Hayden said. “He brings an in-depth understanding of the institution and our staff to this office, and I am so pleased...
    • Date: 2018-05-14
  • May 14, 2018  (18-068)
    Library to Host Public Symposium on the Bible in American History, June 7 Scholars who study the impact of Biblical text on public life in the United States will discuss their research in a symposium titled “The Bible in American History”on Thursday, June 7,at the Library of Congress.The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3 p.m. – 5p.m. in room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2018-05-14
  • May 11, 2018  (18-050)
    Library's Cinematic Treasure Hunt for "Mostly Lost" Films The hunt for lost cinematic treasure will take place again this year at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. Scholars, archivists and film enthusiasts will pool their collective expertise to find clues that will lead to the identification of unidentified, under-identified or misidentified silent and early sound films at the seventh annual “Mostly Lost” workshop. This free...
    • Date: 2018-05-11
  • May 10, 2018  (18-056)
    Veterans History Project Commemorates 70th Anniversary of U.S. Military Desegregation The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched an online “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Equality of Treatment and Opportunity: Executive Order 9981,” marking the 70th anniversary of the landmark order that abolished racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces.The feature highlights 15 digitized collections in the VHP archive, each of which includes the first-person narrative of an African-American veteran who served...
    • Date: 2018-05-10
  • May 9, 2018  (18-063)
    'Call Me By Your Name' Author Kicks Off LGBT Month In celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, the Library of Congress will host two discussions with writers whose works explore life within the LGBT community and have been adapted to the big screen. From the critically acclaimed novel “Call Me By Your Name” to the adapted film “Love, Simon,” conversations with the authors of these stories, André Aciman and Becky...
    • Date: 2018-05-09
  • May 8, 2018  (18-053)
    Veterans History Project Updates Collections Policy and Scope, Includes Gold Star Voices The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) has updated its collections policy, changing the scope of the program. With the passing of the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511), Congress expanded the VHP mandate to allow Gold Star family members to contribute their own audio- or video-recorded interviews to enrich their veteran’s story. The project now includes oral histories recorded by Gold...
    • Date: 2018-05-08
  • May 7, 2018  (18-064)
    Library of Congress Announces 2018 Homegrown Concert Series The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress will bring traditional music, dance and drama drawn from communities across the United States to the historic Coolidge Auditorium stage throughout the summer.The “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by AFC in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The...
    • Date: 2018-05-07
  • May 7, 2018  (18-048)
    Experts on U.S. Relations with China and Russia Appointed as Kluge Center Chairs to Engage with Congress The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two new chairs in U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations that will serve as primary resources in dialogues with Congress. They are James Goldgeier, U.S.-Russia chair, and Minxin Pei, U.S.-China chair, who will begin their tenures at the Kluge Center in September 2018 and January 2019, respectively.The U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China chairs...
    • Date: 2018-05-07
  • May 4, 2018  (18-062)
    FEDLINK Announces Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.The names of...
    • Date: 2018-05-04
  • May 3, 2018  (18-060)
    Baseball's 'Magna Carta' to be Displayed in Major Exhibition on the Game The handwritten “Laws of Base Ball,” which historians have called the “Magna Carta” of the game after they were decided at a convention in 1857, will be among the artifacts featured in the new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29 at the Library of Congress. The exhibition will explore baseball’s past and present and how the game has forged a sense of community for...
    • Date: 2018-05-03
  • May 2, 2018  (18-059)
    Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to E. Annie Proulx Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that E. Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 1.Hayden selected Proulx as this year’s winner based on the recommendation of a jury of previous winners,...
    • Date: 2018-05-02
  • May 1, 2018  (18-061)
    Library of Congress and Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Contest The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to encourage rising 5th- and 6th-grade students to reflect on books that have made a personal impact on their lives.The "A Book That Shaped Me" Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C.; Maryland;...
    • Date: 2018-05-01

April 2018

  • April 30, 2018  (18-058)
    Letters to Lyrics: Library Displays Alexander Hamilton's Papers Linked to Hit Musical Letters and documents from the papers of Alexander Hamilton will be displayed at the Library of Congress this summer, offering a glimpse at the original source material for key themes and lyrics in the hit musical “Hamilton” as the show visits the Kennedy Center.Ten items were selected for the display, “Letters to Lyrics: Alexander Hamilton at the Library of Congress,” which opens May 19....
    • Date: 2018-04-30
  • April 27, 2018  (18-055)
    Library of Congress Facilitates Access to Collections Through Innovative Technology The Library of Congress has launched three new online interactive sites that highlight creative ways to facilitate the accessibility of thousands of collections, using the Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based tool to create story maps.Presenting the information in a curated format, story maps allow users to combine text, images and multimedia content in an online application that tells stories through data and the capabilities of...
    • Date: 2018-04-27
  • April 25, 2018  (18-052)
    Library of Congress and Bibliothèque Nationale de France Announce Collaboration on International Digital Content Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Laurence Engel, president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), today announced a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the BnF to provide digital content for a new online space for collections relating to shared French-American history. The initiative will also be supported by other U.S. organizations, including the National Archives. During the special visit to the...
    • Date: 2018-04-25
  • April 23, 2018  (18-057)
    Columnist Anne Applebaum Kicks Off a Busy May at Library's Kluge Center From a timely look at the impact of “fake news” with Anne Applebaum to an exploration of the formation of Italian-American heritage as told by the spread of opera, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has an extraordinary line-up of public events scheduled for May. The major theme with these events is American democracy. All of the following events are...
    • Date: 2018-04-23
  • April 23, 2018  (18-049)
    Library of Congress Appoints Inaugural Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Stephen Houston, an anthropologist, archaeologist and epigrapher, as the inaugural Jay I. Kislak chair for the study of the history and cultures of the early Americas. He will begin his tenure in September 2018. While at the Library, Houston will work on a project titled “Classic Choreography: The Meaning...
    • Date: 2018-04-23
  • April 20, 2018  (18-A06)
    Jefferson Building Delayed Opening April 25 Due to a special event on Wednesday, Apr. 25, the Thomas Jefferson Building will have a delayed opening of 10 a.m. to the public. The Great Hall, all exhibitions, the Library Shop in the Jefferson building as well as the West Main doors, West Basement (Carriage) doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will not be open to the public until 10 a.m.Researchers with...
    • Date: 2018-04-20
  • April 20, 2018  (18-051)
    Librarian of Congress Announces New Director of Digital Strategy Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that she has appointed Kate Zwaard as the Library’s director of digital strategy, a position Hayden established to elevate the institution’s digital planning and drive envisioning and collaboration around digital initiatives. “When I think of the resources of the Library of Congress, married with the capabilities of today’s technology, the possibilities are almost limitless,” Hayden said. “This...
    • Date: 2018-04-20
  • April 20, 2018  (18-047)
    Library Celebrates Children's Book Week The Library of Congress will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Program on May 3, featuring the story behind the discovery and publication of “The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine,”a previously unfinished Mark Twain folk tale brought to life by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator couple Philip and Erin Stead. This discussion is being hosted by the Library’s Young Readers...
    • Date: 2018-04-20
  • April 19, 2018  (18-043)
    Veterans History Project Hosts Panel Discussion on Effects of PTSD in Crime and Rehabilitation The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a panel discussion on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and how to support those who have run afoul of the law by providing appropriate treatment.The panel of experts, in honor of Memorial Day and in anticipation of National PTSD Awareness Month,...
    • Date: 2018-04-19
  • April 18, 2018  (18-045)
    Women in Entertainment Headline World Intellectual Property Day World Intellectual Property Day, observed on April 26 since 2000, marks the date in 1970 when the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Convention came into force. In celebration of this significant moment in history, the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress will feature prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. This year’s theme, announced by WIPO, is...
    • Date: 2018-04-18
  • April 17, 2018  (18-044)
    Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.The Franklin papers consist of approximately 8,000 items mostly dating from the 1770s and 1780s. These include the petition that...
    • Date: 2018-04-17
  • April 16, 2018  (18-042)
    Library of Congress Digitizes Unique Japanese Censorship Collection The Library of Congress’ Asian Division has digitized its Japanese Censorship Collection, a unique online archive comprising more than 1,000 marked-up copies of government-censored monographs and galley proofs from the 1920s and 1930s in Japan. The collection, originally from the Home Ministry’s library, reveals traces of the otherwise-hidden censorship process of the Japanese government through marginal notes, stamps, penciled lines and commentary inscribed by...
    • Date: 2018-04-16
  • April 10, 2018  (18-038)
    Library Launches Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration with Thousands of Bernstein Items Online In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. These digital offerings and others nearly tripled the existing content at loc.gov/collections/leonard-bernstein/about-this-collection/. The public can now access for free more than 3,700 items, including photos, writings, correspondence,...
    • Date: 2018-04-10
  • April 9, 2018  (18-041)
    Kluge Center Hosts Conversation on Big Data and Its Impact on Democracy The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is hosting a special conversation with distinguished visiting scholar Martin Hilbert to discuss the impact of big data, computational analysis and machine learning on the democratic process. In this conversation, Hilbert will address both challenges and opportunities presented by emerging big data technologies.Kluge Center director John Haskell will join Hilbert for the discussion, titled...
    • Date: 2018-04-09
  • April 6, 2018  (18-039)
    Main Reading Room Open House on Memorial Day Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round. The Main Reading Room will be open to the public on the federal Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Library’s...
    • Date: 2018-04-06
  • April 5, 2018  (18-040)
    Book Talk, Special Tour Highlight Library Week Celebration The Library of Congress will celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14) with a special evening event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, featuring a book talk by Kenneth Breisch, the author of “American Libraries 1730-1950,” followed by an extremely rare opportunity to walk around the gallery level on the third floor of the majestic Main Reading Room and enjoy its architectural wonder as...
    • Date: 2018-04-05
  • April 3, 2018  (18-036)
    Baseball Scouting Reports of Branch Rickey Now Online Baseball scouting reports of one of the most famous baseball executives and scouts in history, Branch Rickey, who was also responsible for helping Jackie Robinson successfully break Major League Baseball’s color line, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized in time for Major League Baseball’s new season and for the...
    • Date: 2018-04-03

March 2018