Five Questions with Kaleena Black, Educational Resource Specialist, Library of Congress Educational Outreach Team

I manage the Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, which brings undergraduate and graduate students to work on an array of projects across the Library for 10 weeks. I am also involved in the Library’s social media initiative as the manager of the Twitter page for the World Digital Library. WDL is an international initiative that partners with institutions worldwide to provide free access to digitized historical and cultural treasures from around the world. (We also tweet in seven languages!)

Thomas Jefferson and the 1811 Constitution Day Eclipse

As Americans anxiously await next week’s total eclipse of the sun, many are making plans not only to observe it, but also to record their observations in order to calculate their longitude.

Or maybe not…But in 1811, when the solar eclipse that occurred on Constitution Day was visible in central Virginia, that is exactly what Thomas Jefferson did.

Five Questions with Monica Valentine, Serials Technician, US Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Division and Program Specialist, Young Readers Center, Library of Congress

I also work in the Library of Congress Young Readers Center (YRC) on a part-time basis. We welcome children and families who are visiting the Library, as well as groups of K-12 students, and assist them in using our diverse collection of nearly 7,000 books for young people. I assist in coordinating special events for kids, including children’s author talks, many of which are now live streamed and accessible to students anywhere.

Five Questions with Sahr Conway-Lanz, Modern American Historian, Library of Congress Manuscript Division

This post is by Sahr Conway-Lanz of the Library of Congress. Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with. As one of the historians in the Manuscript Division, one of my primary responsibilities is collecting archival materials that document the foreign policy and military history of the twentieth […]

Five Questions with Karen Lloyd, Director of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project

I am the Director of the Veterans History Project, part of the American Folklife Center, at the Library of Congress. VHP’s mission is to gather the oral histories of veterans and ensure they are accessible so current researchers and future generations understand what they saw, did and felt during their selfless service to our nation.

Five Questions with Gary Johnson, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room

This post is by Gary Johnson of the Library of Congress. Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with. As a reference librarian in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room my basic functions are to answer questions about and provide access to the Library’s collection of serials […]

Reconstructing a Civil War Battle from a Poet’s Letter Home

In the May/June 2017 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article features a letter that Walt Whitman wrote to his mother on December 29, 1862. Whitman wrote the letter to let his mother know that he had found his brother George alive and healing from an injury sustained during the Battle of Fredericksburg.