Belva Lockwood: Suffragist, Lawyer, and Presidential Candidate

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood was an American feminist and lawyer who was the first woman admitted to argue a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Her work “blazed the way for independent womanhood, often in the face of ridicule as well as contemptuous opposition.” At the time of her death, she was the […]

Newspaper Navigator Search Application Now Live!

Eileen Jakeway, an innovation specialist on the LC Labs team, first posted this piece to The Signal blog.  On September 15, 2020, the Library of Congress announced the release of Newspaper Navigator, an experimental web application which allows members of the public to visually browse 1.5 million photographs from Chronicling America using machine learning. Read more about the […]

Four Questions with Intern Joshua Ortiz Baco

Joshua Ortiz Baco is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin. His work combines cultural studies and digital methodologies in the study of 19th-century abolitionist and racial discourses in U.S. newspapers of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Brazilian immigrants. His research is funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation grant-in-aid program […]

Astronomer Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) is an astronomer, educator, librarian, activist, and the first nationally recognized woman scientist in the United States. She discovers a new comet, which bears her name, and calculates its orbit, and adds several new nebulae to sky maps. She also teaches at a prominent women’s college and fights to advance the cause of […]

Free Puzzles: Can You Read This Rebus?

Solving puzzles didn’t just pass the time in the early 1900s, solving puzzles could sometimes even win you a prize! Puzzle contests abounded, sometimes run by the newspapers and sometimes run by local companies hoping to get readers’ business. One of the favorites for contests of the era was the rebus. What is a rebus? […]