The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic in the United States. In celebration of African American History Month, the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division will host a special public program and discussion focusing on this unique historical collection. The event features scholars whose work centers on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said and related diaries of enslaved people.
The program will take place in Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, DC.
A sampling Display of the Omar Ibn Said Collection will follow from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Rosenwald Room, 2nd floor, Jefferson Building.
Open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Contact: [email protected], (202) 707-5673
Blogs – “New Online: Rare Autobiography in Arabic by an Enslaved West African Scholar”
“Omar Ibn Said: Transcribing Documents from the Unique Collection”
Research Orientation: European Reading Room
A tour of the European Reading Room, and an orientation to the Library’s European collections, is being offered on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Jefferson Building, LJ-250, accessible via the European Reading Room, LJ-249. For online registration, click here.
The Library of Congress’ holdings of books and other materials from almost all European countries are larger than holdings anywhere else in the world except for within the countries themselves. The orientation will discuss the diverse European collections and how we collect, with a few interesting display items. It will cover both traditional and digital collections, as well as electronic subscriptions to European newspapers and periodicals. The orientation will also include a tour of the beautiful European Reading Room, and describe its resources, services, and specialized reference staff.
Orientations are offered to the public every other Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Those attending might wish to obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. For information about reader’s cards, click here.
Location: European Division Conference Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-250.
Contact: [email protected]