Let There be Fireworks…and Peace

When looking for an image for the 4th of July, I found many wonderful images, but I wanted something more than just fireworks. I wanted an image that showed people celebrating together despite their differences.

When I found this image of Uncle Sam and John Bull embracing, I realized I’d found what I was looking for: two bitter enemies who fought a war over the United States of America, coming together as friends and finding common ground.

I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Independence Day.

Puck Magazine, July 4th, 1902. Illustration by L.M. Glackens.

Puck Magazine, July 4th, 1902. Illustration by L.M. Glackens.

Five Questions with Cheryl Adams, Reference Specialist for Religion in the Library of Congress Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Because our division covers the humanities and social sciences I would definitely get questions relating to religion, but I might be at the desk when someone was researching the history of catsup, ideas about beauty in the 1860s or wanting a list of consulting firms who helped incumbents win senate races , 1980-2012 (real questions!). I love the variety of both questions and researchers. And researchers in the Main Reading Room need only be 16 or older (and curious) in order to use our collections, which makes for a wide world of topics and interests.

Five Questions with Kristi Finefield, Reference Librarian, Prints and Photographs Division

For me, one of the greatest joys of working at the Library is that I continually have the opportunity to choose a new favorite item, and I’ll never need to pick the same one twice, thanks to the vastness of the collections. Every day, I see an image I’ve never seen before or view a photo with new eyes because of a researcher’s enthusiasm for their research topic. Even with all the tools at my disposal to locate specific items, my day is still full of serendipity and discovery – and brand new favorites!

New Library of Congress Ebooks: Japanese American Internment, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Cartoons

What would it be like to hold history in your hands? To leaf through the pages of a suffragist’s scrapbook? To scrutinize a political cartoon published by Benjamin Franklin? To hear a decorated veteran speak to you about what it was like to live in a detention camp in his own country? The Library of […]

Five Questions with Abby Yochelson, Reference Specialist for English and American Literature, Main Reading Room

My all-time favorite teacher was Mrs. Campbell in sixth grade. One of her activities was to have us memorize and recite poetry a couple of times a year. While I was painfully shy back then, I thought the activity was terrific (once my turn was finished)! In our online collections, I really love the copy of Walt Whitman’s poem “Oh Captain, My Captain.” It’s a printed copy but it includes corrections in Whitman’s handwriting with a note to the publisher about “bad perversions.”

Preserving Songs and Culture: Zora Neale Hurston and the Federal Writers’ Project

By the time Zora Neale Hurston went to work for the Florida Writers’ Project in 1939, she had already written her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), numerous short stories, and nine plays. (All nine plays, including one musical, are available online from the Library of Congress.) The Library’s “Sources and Strategies” article in the May/June 2015 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, discusses Hurston’s work during her time with the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) in Florida.