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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 12/21/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 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, January 8, 2019 from […]

Labor and Constancy: Christophe Plantin, Printer Extraordinaire

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, reference specialist, European Division.) Today’s readers owe a debt of gratitude to the early European printers whose efforts made reading materials increasingly available, and thus furthered the spread of literacy and learning. Johann Gutenberg (d. 1468) is the best known of those printers because of his innovative […]

Robin De Los Bosques in the Spanish Civil War

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, reference specialist, Hispanic Division. Patricia Penon, technician, Hispanic Division also contributed to this blog.) When we think of Errol Flynn (1909-1959), the first image that pops up is that of a swashbuckling hero leading his band of merry men through Sherwood forest fighting against social injustice, […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 11/30/2018

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 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, October 30th from 10:30 […]

Highlights of Tibetan Rare Book Collection

(The following is a post by Susan Meinheit, Mongolian and Tibetan reference specialist, Asian Division.) On July 25, 2018, the Asian Division welcomed 11 students from the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School summer class, “The History and Culture of the Tibetan Book,” for a special one-day field trip to learn about the Tibetan collection. Students […]

New Videos 11/20/2018

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division TITLE: Domes, Arches and Minarets: Islamic Architecture in America (View on YouTube) SPEAKER: Phil Pasquini EVENT […]

National Museum of Brazil: Remembering Its Past

(The following is a post by Talía Guzmán-González, reference librarian and Luso-Brazilian specialist, Hispanic Division.) Museums, like libraries, feed our curiosity, connect us with the past, and inspire us to imagine a possible (and better!) future. They are also lasting emblems of a nation’s cultural capital. The Portuguese King, D. João VI (1767-1826), understood this […]

The Incredible Story of “Pan Tadeusz”

(The following is a post by Regina Frackowiak, reference specialist, European Division.) This year, Poland celebrates the 100th anniversary of regaining its independence. From 1795 to 1918, Poland ceased to exist, having been partitioned between Austria-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia. Poland returned to the map of Europe in 1918 as a result of post-World War I agreements. […]

“A Maiden Studies the Hebrew Tongue:” Treasures from the Library of Congress Reflecting Jewish Women Readers through the Ages

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division.) The time is April, 1879; the place, some town or city within the vast Russian empire. Perhaps there is a chill in the air for in Russia the winters are long, and on a night like this it […]