This post was written by Sean Bryant a Reference Librarian in the Science Section who previously wrote about World War I tanks and John Glenn. This post continues the story of the last man to walk on the moon, astronaut, Eugene Cernan, which was inspired by our last NASA talk of 2016. Geologist Dr. Noah […]
This post was authored by Denise Dempsey, Science Reference & Research Specialist, in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. She is also author of the blog post “Hidden Figures No More: African American Women in Space Exploration.” One of the items in the Picture This blog post, Portraits of Nineteenth […]
This post was authored by Sean Bryant, Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. Fifty five years ago this week John Hershel Glenn Jr. rode an Atlas rocket into a cloudy February morning. In his Mercury space capsule Friendship 7, Glenn became the third person, […]
Today’s post was written by Denise Dempsey a Science Reference Librarian. The recent release of the new film Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, presents a great opportunity to learn more about the contributions of African American women to the Space Race and to space exploration. The […]
The month of January marks the birthday of Emily Greene Balch (1867-1961), an American economist, sociologist, political scientist, and pacifist who rose to prominence during and after World War I. Balch began her career as a faculty member at Wellesley College in 1896 and became a full professor in 1913. As an academic, Balch studied […]
It may be a bit of a puzzle as to why Lin Manuel Miranda wrote a musical about a Secretary of the Treasury, but it may be a little more obvious why a Business librarian would write blog post about him — the first Secretary of the Treasury had a profound impact on the country and the economy then and now.
I have written several posts on industrialists and capitalists from America’s past – J.P. Morgan, Hetty Green, Andrew Carnegie, James Swan, and Jay Gould and James Fisk. But for those researching people who haven’t yet been featured, there are some great resources. One of the most accessible sources is the encyclopedias, available in most public, […]
This is a joint post by Yvonne Dooley with contributions by Angel Vu. Since August 25, 2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, it seems appropriate to pay tribute to one of its lesser known heroes, Mr. John Horace McFarland – a successful businessman and civic leader who helped usher in the […]
Today’s guest post is by Mary Champagne, a reference librarian in the Main Reading Room. Her specialties are post-Civil War U.S. History and Anthropology. Esther Howland, known as “New England’s first career woman,” was a visionary artist and entrepreneur who popularized Valentine’s Day cards in the United States. Beautiful and elaborate European valentines were available […]
During this time he frequently clashed with Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton over many of Hamilton’s policies, although not over the most contentious, the creation of the Bank of the United States.