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Celebrating Indigenous Voices: New Poetry and Literature Recordings in the PALABRA Archive

The Hispanic Reading Room of the Library of Congress launches The PALABRA Indigenous Voices Project, a new initiative to increase the presence of Indigenous poetry and literature in the historic PALABRA Archive. Through partnerships with scholars and organizations with direct access to Indigenous communities around Latin America, curators hope to shine a light on a formerly under-represented group in this collection.

Ravens, Lemons, and Peste: 19th-Century Maritime Health Certificates in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress

In the 18th and 19th centuries, ships carried health certificates to reassure local officials that the places they came from were free of contagion. These filled a function something like the “vaccine passports” or “immunity passports” that are under discussion today because of Covid-19.

Announcing the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s (IPLC) Global Social Responses to Covid-19 Web Archive

This blog announces the release of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s (IPLC) Global Social Responses to Covid-19 Web Archive, which features contributions from the Asian Division’s South Asian and Southeast Asian librarians. This web archive boasts of over 4,000 websites from over 80 countries, with captures and new sites added continuously.

Rachel Bluwstein (1890-1931), Hebrew Poetess and Pioneer: “The Parade in White Passed By” – Part Two

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Area Specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division. The second and final part of a 2-part article focuses on the life Rachel Bluwstein via memoirs written by family and friends and by the poetess herself, presented here in English translation. Click here for Part One.) The training […]

Luminarias: Celebrating Latinas Who Inspire Us

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we celebrate Latina Luminarias–Mexican revolutionary soldaderas; activists Jovita Idar, Luisa Moreno, Sylvia Rivera, and Antonia Hernández; librarian Pura Belpré; singers Celia Cruz and Joan Baez, and writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine–women whose leadership and achievements lit the way and inspired others to follow their own bright paths.