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Posters on the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 at the Asian Division, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Yuwu Song, Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) Constituting one of the most destructive conflicts of World War II, the Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) started with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July 7, 1937, and ended with the surrender of Japan in August 1945. This war marked the culmination of the […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 9/9/2016

Monday, September 12, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. The Discovery of Karamanlidika: Disappearing Literature, Artifacts and Cultural Heritage featuring Selenay Aytac, Associate Professor, Fulbright Scholar, Long Island University, NY, and Constantia Constantinou, Dean of University Libraries, Fulbright Scholar, Stony Brook University, NY This program is sponsored by the Near East Section of the African and […]

Before There Was 4 Corners: Previous Blogposts by the Near East Section

Between December 2015 and April 2016 when the “4 Corners of the World” blog was created, reference specialists and curators of the African and Middle Eastern Division had written a number of posts for the Library’s various blogs. A recent post, “An Ingathering of the Exiles, Digital Style: Previous Blogs from the Hebraic Section,” lists […]

The 20th Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture, 25 Years of the Dadian Bequest, and the 25th Anniversary of the Armenian Republic to Be Celebrated

In many ways the Armenian collections and programs at the Library of Congress will forever be intertwined with the name Dadian. Interest in the countries of the Middle East grew following the end of World War II, and that interest led to the creation of the Near East Section of the Library of Congress in […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 8/26/2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Information for Researchers: Using the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Reading Room The staff of the African and Middle Eastern Division is offering a research orientation, “Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts, Inscribed Fabrics, and Silver (1321 AD – 1915 AD) at the Library of Congress.” After […]

The Holy Koran in the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Fawzi M. Tadros, Area Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The Holy Koran (or Qur’an, according to the Library of Congress transliteration system), is the divine book of Islam. Muslims believe that it was revealed by God through the archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad. The […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 8/19/2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Information for Researchers: Using the Library of Congress European Reading Room This Saturday orientation will provide researchers an opportunity to learn more about the Library’s European Reading Room, its collections, expertise, services and programs. The maximum class size is 45 participants. To register or for additional […]

Founding Singapore: The Story of William Farquhar

(The following is a post by Hong Ta-Moore, Reference Librarian, Southeast Asia Collection, Asian Division) Those knowledgeable of Singaporean affairs are aware that August is a significant month for the history of this island nation-state. On August 31, 1963 and August 9, 1965, Singapore achieved independence from Britain and the Federation of Malaysia respectively. We […]

Listening to Literature: Expanding Online Access to the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

(The Following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.)  As we settle into late summer, the Hispanic Division continues the exciting work of uploading recordings from the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) online. Listen to one of our recent additions! Last September, the AHLOT Online Feature was launched, making a […]