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The Delhi Durbar and the Proclamation of Queen Victoria

(The following is a post by Nuzhat Khatoon, South Asian Reference Specialist, Asian Division) In Delhi’s Coronation Park on January 1, 1877, the British monarch Queen Victoria (1837-1901) assumed a new title: Qaisar-i Hind, the Empress of India. Victoria’s proclamation was the central event of the jalsah-i qaisari, a massive imperial assemblage otherwise known in […]

A Thousand and One Nights: Arabian Story-telling in World Literature

(The following is a post by Muhannad Salhi, Arab World Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) An unparalleled monument to the ageless art of story-telling, the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights have, for many centuries, titillated the imaginations of generations the world over. Perhaps one of the greatest Arabic, Middle Eastern, and […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/13/2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, noon – 1:30 p.m. Lecture: Experimental Shadow Theater in Contemporary Bali, Indonesia The Asian Division and the Indonesian Embassy, Education and Culture Section offer the Library a special lecture with shadow puppets. In recent years, several dalang (shadow masters) in both Bali and Java have presented reinterpreted performances of ancient Indonesian […]

Martin Luther as Priest, Heretic, and Outlaw: The Reformation at 500

(The following is a post by David B. Morris, German Area Specialist, European Division.) Note: The items in this post are included in an exhibit of the same title in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, October 3, 2017–January 1, 2018. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On October […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/6/2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

La Biblioteca Podcast Series Launches

(The following is a cross-post by John Sayers, Public Affairs Specialist in the Office of Communications. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) Today we launched our newest podcast series, “La Biblioteca” (The Library), in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Every Thursday for the next eight weeks, Library specialists will explore the Library’s rich […]

Korean War Propaganda Leaflet Collection at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Sonya Lee, Reference Specialist, Korean Collection, Asian Division) The Korean War Propaganda Leaflet Collection in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress provides a unique look into an aspect of that conflict that is often overlooked: psychological warfare. The aim of psychological warfare, or psywar, is to gain […]