Why the Library of Congress Is Blocking Wikileaks

The news media are reporting today, accurately, that the Library of Congress is blocking access to the Wikileaks site across its computer systems, including those for use by patrons in the reading rooms. I wanted to provide here the same statement we’ve been giving to reporters and patrons who are asking about it: “The Library […]

Mysterious Faces, Gazing Across Time

A forlorn-looking girl in a mourning dress holds a picture of her late father.  An impossibly young soldier, probably prepubescent, stands at attention with his bayoneted musket.  An African-American in Union uniform sits stoically with his wife and two daughters.  A pair of uniformed comrades pose comically, each holding a cigar in the other’s mouth. […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #15

This is the 15th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 12–13 in Willmar, Minn.), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: I wrote from Mankato that we were hoping the weather would cooperate with us.  Well, […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #13

This is the 13th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 5–6 in Mason City, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Our location in Mason City was new territory for this tour:  We set up […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #12

This is the 12th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 2–3 in Waterloo, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Our second stop in Iowa brought out the Van Gelder clan.  Much of Josh’s family […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #11

This is the 11th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Oct. 29–30 in Grinnell, Iowa), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: We are really starting to rack up the state count with Gateway to Knowledge. Iowa […]

Gateway to Knowledge Schedule Updated

We have just updated the online schedule of visits by our “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition. Up next are Willmar, Minn. (today and tomorrow); Brainerd, Minn.; Eau Claire, Wisc.; Fond du Lac, Wisc.; Janesville, Wisc.; Rockford, Ill.; Merrillville, Ind.; and Macomb, Mich. Keep checking our Gateway microsite for details!

The Art of War

This is a guest post by Sarah Rouse, a volunteer in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. “War experience just hypnotizes young men.” So said Victor Lundy, a World War II veteran who recorded many of his war memories through his sketchbooks, now donated to the Library of Congress. I interviewed Lundy for […]