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New Finding Aid: Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Resources

(The following is a repost by Andrew Gaudio, reference librarian and classics, medieval studies and linguistics specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. The post originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) The Library of Congress collects materials on most subjects, excluding agriculture and medicine. In a collection of over 160 million items, […]

In Commemoration of D-Day: Treasures from the Hebraic Section

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Area Specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) They probably didn’t seem like treasures at the time. They were for the most part in fact rather ordinary: books for study, or for reading to children; posters about upcoming protests, hastily printed; newspaper articles and […]

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 […]