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02/19/2021
Giants of Racial Justice: Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr.

Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR television critic Eric Deggans.

This event is part of National Book Festival Presents, a year-round series that features high-caliber authors, their books and corresponding Library treasures.

02/18/2021
Giants of Racial Justice: Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr.

Peniel E. Joseph (“The Sword and the Shield”) and Tamara Payne (“The Dead Are Arising”) will discuss their books on Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with NPR television critic Eric Deggans.

This event is part of National Book Festival Presents, a year-round series that features high-caliber authors, their books and corresponding Library treasures.

NEWS: Danielle Allen, winner of the Library’s 2020 Kluge Prize, will host a series of events this spring at the Library ...
02/18/2021

NEWS: Danielle Allen, winner of the Library’s 2020 Kluge Prize, will host a series of events this spring at the Library to explore ideas and actions to strengthen America's democracy in the new campaign "Our Common Purpose: A Campaign for Civic Strength."

More: loc.gov/item/prn-21-009/kluge-prize-honoree-danielle-allen-launches-campaign-for-civic-strength/2021-02-18/?loclr=fbloc

Explore the family life of Ralph Ellison, novelist, essayist and literary critic. Ellison's experiences of hardship and ...
02/17/2021

Explore the family life of Ralph Ellison, novelist, essayist and literary critic. Ellison's experiences of hardship and encouragement early in his life drove him to pursue a college education at Tuskegee Institute. blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2021/02/the-family-life-of-ralph-ellison/?loclr=fbloc

February is African American History Month. Several federal agencies have created this website to honor the generations ...
02/16/2021

February is African American History Month. Several federal agencies have created this website to honor the generations who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Resources, exhibits & more: https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/?loclr=fbloc

Sissieretta Jones, a popular American soprano, was the 1st African American woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall...
02/16/2021
Research Guides: Sissieretta Jones: Topics in Chronicling America: Search Strategies & Selected Articles

Sissieretta Jones, a popular American soprano, was the 1st African American woman to headline a concert at Carnegie Hall in 1893. She toured around the world & performed at the White House.

Read more about Jones using this Research Guide to our historical newspaper archives. https://guides.loc.gov/chronicling-america-sissieretta-jones/selected-articles?loclr=fbloc

Sissieretta Jones was a popular African-American soprano who toured with her group the Black Patti Troubadors. This guide provides access to...

This Presidents' Day, explore the the original papers of 23 early presidents, from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge....
02/15/2021

This Presidents' Day, explore the the original papers of 23 early presidents, from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge. Collections include some of the nation's most treasured documents, including George Washington's first inaugural address and Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence.

More: loc.gov/item/prn-20-085/?loclr=fbloc

The Library of Congress has acquired the Aramont Library, a collection of rare books from some of the most prolific auth...
02/11/2021

The Library of Congress has acquired the Aramont Library, a collection of rare books from some of the most prolific authors and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The gift by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous marks the first time the Aramont Library has been made available to the public.

More: loc.gov/item/prn-21-006/?loclr=fbloc

February is African American History Month. Several federal agencies have created this website to honor the generations ...
02/06/2021

February is African American History Month. Several federal agencies have created this website to honor the generations who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Resources, exhibits & more: https://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/?loclr=fbloc

02/05/2021
Washington Post Live

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joined journalist Robin Givhan to discuss the Library's work and her trailblazing career in the wake of our country's reckoning over racial justice in this Washington Post Live event.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who made history as the first woman and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress, joins Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan to discuss marking this moment in the wake of widespread protests over the death of George Floyd, and how our past informs our understanding of the present.

02/05/2021
Library of Congress Accepting Applications for Copyright Public Modernization Committee

The Library is convening a public committee to enhance communication with external stakeholders about the U.S. Copyright Office's ongoing modernization initiative. Applications from qualified members of the public are being accepted through March 15, 2021.

More: loc.gov/item/prn-21-005/?loclr=fbloc

The Library of Congress announced this week that it is convening a public committee to enhance communication with external stakeholders about the...

Important new books on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and on humanity’s inclination to war will he...
02/04/2021

Important new books on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and on humanity’s inclination to war will headline the winter literary season of the Library of Congress. The Library will also feature a conversation with the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a symposium on diversity in books for young people.
More: loc.gov/item/prn-21-004/?loclr=twloc

Join Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden tomorrow at 1 pm ET for an interview with Washington Post senior critic-at-large...
02/04/2021

Join Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden tomorrow at 1 pm ET for an interview with Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan about race in America and the Library's work to ensure that a diversity of experiences is reflected in our historical record. Register for the Washington Post Live event: carlahayden.splashthat.com/

Inside the atrium of the Library's Madison building across the street from the U.S. Capitol, Pfc. Paul McGiffin of the T...
02/03/2021
Soldier singing in the Library of Congress

Inside the atrium of the Library's Madison building across the street from the U.S. Capitol, Pfc. Paul McGiffin of the Texas Army National Guard sings "Wayfaring Stranger" to boost morale during their long hours protecting the Capitol complex during the past few weeks. Video courtesy of Stephen Hutto.

We are honored to provide support to the soldiers in their important service & thank them for safeguarding our national institutions and treasures.

Soldier singing to boost moral during long hours of guarding the Capital.

American  Folklife Center
02/02/2021

American Folklife Center

Happy Groundhog Day! Tradition tells us groundhogs can predict whether spring will come early or winter will deliver more cold weather.

Our favorite song for Groundhog day is this recording of "Groundhog" sung by Ernie Alston in 1940 for collectors Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin at the link

https://www.loc.gov/item/toddbib000064/?loclr=fbafc

The groundhog custom has its roots in European animal and weather lore. In Europe, animals such as bears and badgers were credited with the power to predict the weather. It was also believed that a clear day on February 1 or 2 would predict a longer winter, and a cloudy day a shorter one. This is summed up in the rhyme:

"If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again."

These two traditions combined to one in which an animal was said to predict the weather by looking for its shadow, as in the modern Groundhog tradition.

Image: Woodchuck - Arctomys monax / E.K. (woodchuck is another name for a groundhog). Unattributed lithograph, ca. 1874. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/2017660742/?loclr=fbafc

February is African American History Month. Several federal agencies have created this website to honor the generations ...
02/01/2021
African American History Month

February is African American History Month. Several federal agencies have created this website to honor the generations who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Resources, exhibits & more:

American  Folklife Center
02/01/2021

American Folklife Center

February is African American History Month. Find events, collections, video, audio and more from the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the link. https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov?loclr=fbafc

Image: Image Credit: [Rosa Parks] / Donna Terek, '93. (Library of Congress)

THIS WEEK: A new Library blog was launched that will chart our progress as we create ways for more Americans to engage w...
01/31/2021

THIS WEEK: A new Library blog was launched that will chart our progress as we create ways for more Americans to engage with & add their perspectives to our collections, allowing us to share a more inclusive American story, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read & subscribe to "Of the People: Widening the Path" http://blogs.loc.gov/ofthepeople/?loclr=fbloc

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I enjoy using all of the collections of the Library of Congress. I particularly enjoy the collection - papers of the early presidents and recently wrote a blog post highlighting the collection. Thank you for all you do to make your collections easily accessible to researchers.
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How do I register in order to request books. In particular, I’m looking up family genealogy. Once I find a book I want to read, is that done online? I’m new to all of this! Thank you, Carole Berry [email protected]
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I have a copy of The Poughkeepsie Telegraph from 1841. I feel this should be in a museum somewhere. Does the Library of Congress know what group might be interested in this?