Finding Our Place in the Cosmos with Carl Sagan

(Trevor Owens, digital archivist with the Library’s National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program and special curator for the Library of Congress science literacy initiative, contributed to this blog post.) “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself,” once said American astronomer Carl Sagan. Profoundly interested in the universe and our place in it, […]

Remembering Pete Seeger

Folk singer, activist and friend of the Library of Congress Pete Seeger passed away Monday in Manhattan. He was 94. The Library’s American Folklife Center and the Music Division are home to multiple collections documenting Seeger and his family’s extraordinary musical accomplishments. (The following is a repost from the American Folklife Center blog, Folklife Today.) Pete […]

Pic of the Week: Put a Stamp On It

Distinguished architectural photographer Carol M. Highsmith began donating her work to the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress in 1992. She has photographed landmark buildings and architecture in Washington, D.C. — including the Library of Congress and many monuments — and throughout the United States. Starting in 2002, Highsmith provided scans or photographs she shot […]

Inquiring Minds: Animating the Library’s Collections

More than 25 years ago, retired music executive Joe Smith accomplished a Herculean feat – he got more than 200 celebrated singers, musicians and industry icons to talk about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. In 2012, Smith donated this treasure trove of unedited sound recordings to the Library of Congress. In an effort to […]

A Half Century of Library Computing

(The following is a guest post from Audrey Fischer, editor of the Library of Congress Magazine.) Fifty years ago, the Library installed its first computer and began charting a course to bibliographic control and global shared access. On Jan. 15, 1964, the first components of a small-scale computer system were delivered to the Library of […]

A Spoonful of Serendipity

 (The following is a guest post from Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image Section in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.) The Library of Congress’s collection of television programs is broad and deep, consistently revealing some rather unexpected finds. A recent case in point: in the course of selecting two-inch Quadruplex tapes […]

Pic of the Week: Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

(The following is an article written by Mark Hartsell, editor of the Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. Author Kate DiCamillo was sworn in today as the newest Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.) The inner voice of Kate DiCamillo belongs to a 10-year-old girl from a small Florida town who […]

InRetrospect: December Blogging Edition

Blogs around the Library of Congress decked the halls with a variety of posts in December. Here are a few selections to unwrap. In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog Podcast: Song Travels | Michael Feinstein Interviews Rosanne Cash Singer and musician Michael Feinstein interviews Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal about Cash’s new album “The River and […]