Your Authoritative Source for … Authors!

The author list, to date, for the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival on Sept. 24 and 25 on the National Mall (that’s right – two days this year) is bursting with talent – and we’re not even done filling all the slots yet! Who’s coming? Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison; Pulitzer Prize-winners Siddhartha […]

The View From 30,000 … Maps!

This is a guest post by Donna Urschel of the Library’s Public Affairs Office. If you’ve ever wondered where you are, or where you might be going, know this: if you have access to a computer, the Library of Congress now has 30,000 maps online to guide you. In the basement level of the Library’s […]

All That Jazz … and Humor, Opera, Dance Music …

Today the Library of Congress, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, launched a website – “the National Jukebox” – that streams 10,000 sound recordings from the historic Victor Records collection.  It’s a fun and fascinating ramble for anyone who loves American music and wants to dig down into the roots of jazz, opera, a vast […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #19

This is the 19th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: After spending almost an entire month in Texas, we were beginning to feel like residents, sporting cowboy hats and all. Before we left […]

The Strings Shall Sing Again

The Library has been known to save a life … the life of an instrument, that is. While it’s always exciting when a new discovery is made within the institution’s vaults, it’s equally amazing when we can share it. In 1937, H. Blakiston Wilkins made a gift to the Library of six early stringed instruments: […]