Events in Rosa Parks’ life are chronicled in newspapers and comic books and reinforce her well-justified iconic status. At times, though, their simplified coverage perpetuates the myth of Parks as the quiet seamstress who was too tired to stand to give up her seat.
Take a look at some of the amazing items that we acquired during 2019! From a 300 year-old newspaper to rare comic books.
Dr. Daniel Peretti, Assistant Professor of Folklore at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, is the author of “Superman in Myth and Folklore” (University Press of Mississippi, 2017), as well as other essays on folklore, myth, and popular culture. His current research focuses on Santa Claus, ritual, and the traditions of Christmas. Here Dr. Peretti answers […]
From falling furniture to forest fires, the U.S. government works to get information to citizens on the best ways to be safe and prepared. But in a society with overwhelming amounts of media, how do you get information to the people who need it most? You make it go viral.
The following guest post was also written by Marissa Ball, Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Section in the Researcher and Reference Services Division; Peter Armenti, a reference specialist in the Researcher and Reference Services Division; and Ashley Cuffia, a science reference specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. On October 24, 2019, […]
From the beginning comic books have published war stories and adventures, profiling every branch of the military and visually portraying every aspect of modern warfare. Even before the United States entered World War II, Captain America fought Adolph Hitler on the cover of Captain America no. 1 (1940). Contemporary comics on war and the […]
From the original copyright deposit drawing of the Yellow Kid to web comics, 120 years of comic art from the Library of Congress’ collections are now on exhibit in the Graphic Arts Galleries in the Thomas Jefferson Building!
Comic books and graphic novels can be a great way to get kids, and people of all ages, reading. Children’s comics, illustrated classic stories, and historical works can be engaging and educational. Here are a few from our collections!
Samurai Penguins? A Rabbit Ronin? These (and more Samurai animals!) can be found in the Library of Congress’ comic book collection!
Dr. Barbara Gordon, Librarian? Yep that’s right – not only was Batgirl a crime-fighter alongside Batman and Robin but she also had a PhD in Library Science and ran the Gotham City Public Library. A recent visit from some fellow librarians in Washington DC for the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference gave me a […]