LC in the News: May 2015 Edition

In May, the Library’s Rosa Parks Collection continued to make news. Her niece, Sheila Keys, visited the Library of Congress to present a lecture on her book about her aunt. She, along with several other relatives, also had the opportunity to view items from the collection.

“I was pleased that it would go to a place where students and the public could view it, take from it and learn something from it, from her, from her humility,” Keys told the Associated Press. “The public will gain some knowledge, some insight into the wisdom of this woman.”

The AP story ran in other national outlets including ABC News and the Huffington Post.

The Library’s Veterans History Project made several headlines during May, for commemorations of Memorial Day and V-E Day.

Lily Rothman wrote a piece for Time Magazine and spoke with family members of veterans whose collections are part of the archive, as well as volunteers who collect the oral histories.

“If veterans are not interviewed before they pass on then no one else will be able to get that same perspective and story from them. It’s very important for us to continue doing this project so that everybody, no matter when it was in history, can know how it really was,” said Hetal Shah, who has been volunteering since she was 15.

Newsweek ran excerpts from the VHP collections that recalled World War II.

Speaking of wartime history, the Library’s collection of Civil War stereographs was featured on

“There’s a less common breed of stereoscopic images that enthusiasts tend to drool over: the ones made by small town producers, for which very few prints were made, and for which the negatives no longer exist,” wrote Laura C. Mallonee. “Remarkably enough, the Library of Congress has acquired 540 of them.”

The National Journal put the spotlight on a collection of early American war and health posters.

Reporter Caroline Nyce called them “quirky and sometimes harrowing.”

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