Creating the United States

A partial image of page 1 of the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, with a gradient fade applied A couple of notes about recent TV appearances, and then an on-topic digression (which is after the jump). First of all, as previously mentioned, Dr. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, was the guest July 1 […]

A Few Programming Notes

The next several days are busy ones for the Library of Congress regarding our national television profile. First, the Library was featured prominently last night in the season premiere of ?History Detectives? on PBS. Our vast resources and preservation experts were a key to solving some of the mysteries behind a 1913 poster for a […]

North Korea and Dear Leader: A Peek Inside

The John W. Kluge Center is one of the Library of Congress’s more recently added gems. Since its founding in 2000 via a generous gift from the Center’s namesake, it has brought many of the world’s top intellects to the Library and offered them access to our unparalleled collections in order to do their work […]

Librarians To Converge on DC, LOC

  The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, from the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog Members of the American Library Association ? at least 20,000 strong (from what I?m told) ? will be descending on Washington, D.C., starting later this week for their Annual Conference and Exhibition. While the bulk of the activities […]

Good Night, IRENE: Technology of Dreams

IRENE does ?her? thing Everyone knows that ?a picture is worth a thousand words.? But did you know that it can also yield, oh, at least an hour or so of pleasant music? The Library of Congress?s Preservation Directorate and a number of partners are essentially ?inventing? a new preservation technology that could revolutionize efforts […]

A Grand Old Flag

Among the family of patriotic holidays, Independence Day?s ?younger sibling? ? Flag Day ? arrives on the calendar roughly three weeks before we celebrate our nation?s birth. The June edition of the Library of Congress?s ?Wise Guide? launched today, just in time to salute the Stars and Stripes ? figuratively, if not literally. From the […]