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Celebrating Yiddish American Popular Song

(The following is a repost from the Library of Congress Blog.) The Library’s collection of Yiddish American sheet music is an unusual one for the Library of Congress, mostly because of the way it came together: It started not with acquisition of materials that were then cataloged, but with a catalog. Lawrence Marwick retired as head […]

The Visitor: The Holy Month of Ramadan and Muslim Practice

(The following is a post by Muhannad Salhi, Arab World Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) With Muslims constituting roughly a quarter of the world’s population, almost every nation on earth has become familiar, in one way or another, with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. To Muslims, the month of Ramadan […]

May 25th, Africa Day

(The following is a post by Angel D. Batiste, Area Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) May 25th, Africa Day (originally called African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day) marks the annual commemoration in Africa and around the world of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. The organization was created […]

International Supermodels, Pisco Sour, and Lithium Batteries: Recent Research Topics in the Handbook of Latin American Studies

(The following is a post by Tracy North, Reference Librarian and Social Sciences Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Hispanic Division.) At the end of 2016, the Hispanic Division published Volume 71 of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS), marking the 80th year of this ongoing joint undertaking between Library of Congress staff, scholars […]

Inquiring Minds: Researching Jewish Cuisine at the Library of Congress

(The following is a repost of an interview conducted by Wendi Maloney, Office of Communications. This interview originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) Joan Nathan is the author of 11 cookbooks, including “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World,” published in April. Her previous cookbook, “Quiches, Kugels […]

Thinking of May Flowers: Focus on the Ottoman Turkish Collections

(The following is a post by Joan Weeks, Head, Near East Section and Turkish Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) With Mother’s Day just around the corner, thoughts of flowers come naturally to people’s minds. Often, they ask what is this flower or where does it originate. If they inquire about the tulip, one of […]