Learning the Backstory to “Rent”

This post is by Emily Hauck, a summer intern in the Library’s Communications Office. A version of this post was first published in the Library of Congress Gazette and it also appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. No matter how much you think you know about a topic, there is always more to discover. I […]

Jazz Scholar John Szwed on Visiting the Library

The following is a guest blog by 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar John Szwed. Notes on My Visit to the Music Division By John Szwed I’ve visited the Library of Congress a number of times over the years for many different reasons, sometimes for research on a writing project, at others just out of curiosity. […]

Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Library’s Collections

This is a guest post by Meg Metcalf, women’s, gender and LGBTQ+ studies librarian in the Main Reading Room. It was originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog. The collections of the Library of Congress tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQ+ life in America and around the world. To share this story, […]

“I Will Survive”

The following post originally appeared on the Copyright: Creativity at Work Blog and was written by George Thuronyi of the U.S. Copyright Office. As a teenager during the 1970s, I put on my bell-bottom pants and shiny shirt to groove to the latest disco hits. I was not alone. Disco culture was highly popular and […]

The Final Years of Pilgrimage: Sketches and Sources for Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, Troisième année

In January of 2016 the Library of Congress acquired a holograph manuscript and a copyist’s manuscript (with composer edits and annotations) of Franz Liszt’s Den Cypressen der Villa d’Este. These two manuscripts are earlier incarnations of the first threnody from the final volume of the Années de pèlerinage. The troisième année was published in 1883, with […]

Today: Poet Laureate Closing Events & Livestream

The following is a post from the Library of Congress Blog by Wendi Maloney. The Library of Congress will honor Juan Felipe Herrera, who is concluding his second term as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, with celebratory events on Wednesday, April 26. The events will be streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube […]

This Week at the Library: “Pump Up the Volume,” Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih, “In Bach’s Hand,” “Painting Jazz,” and Steve Coleman and Five Elements

This Week at the Library: Wednesday, 4/19, 7:00 pm – Bibliodiscotheque Film Screening: Pump Up the Volume (Film) Friday, 4/21, 6:30 pm – Conversation with Steven Isserlis (Interview) Friday, 4/21, 8:00 pm – Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih (Concert) Saturday, 4/22, 11:00 am – #Declassified: “In Bach’s Hand” (Lecture) Saturday, 4/22, 6:30 pm – John Szwed: “Painting […]

This Week at the Library: WWI Sheet Music, Jeannette Rankin, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

This Week at the Library: Tuesday, 4/4, 12:00 pm – “WWI Sheet Music at the Library of Congress” (Lecture) Friday, 4/7, 6:30 pm – “Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin” (Concert + Panel) Saturday, 4/8, 6:30 pm – Conversation with Brett Dean (Panel) Saturday, 4/8, 8:00 pm – Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (Concert)  ***** Tuesday, April 4, 2017 […]

Announcing Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque

Bibliodiscotheque: Array of Events Planned to Celebrate Disco Culture Today the Library of Congress announced an exciting upcoming series: “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque” (April 12-May 6, 2017), an unprecedented exploration of disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. You are welcome to experience the Library of Congress like never before with […]