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In Harmony Small Things Grow: The Elzevir Family of Publishers and Printers

As reference librarians, we work hard to connect researchers with the materials they need, or might not even know they need. However, every now and then we pause to contemplate the first printers and publishers, without whom our jobs possibly would not exist. Such contemplation is particularly easy to do in the Library of Congress’ […]

An Evening of Collective Art-making with Chicano Artist Mario Torero

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) On Friday, May 3, 2019, together with the Prints & Photographs Division, we had the pleasure of hosting, here in the Hispanic Reading Room, a stimulating collective art session with Mario Torero, one of California’s most important muralists and activists from the Chicano […]

Perry in Edo Bay: The Dawn of the U.S.-Japanese Relationship

(The following is a cross-post by Neely Tucker, Writing-Editor in the Library’s Office of Communications. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog.) The Black Ship scrolls are a genre of Japanese paintings that captured the historic meeting of two alien cultures: That 1854 moment when U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry barged into Edo Bay […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 5/24/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT 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, May 28, 2019 […]

The Three Musketeers and d’Artagnan Ride into the Public Domain—Again!

This year, a large number of well-known works entered the public domain, thanks to changes in copyright law over time. One of these books is a popular edition of “The Three Musketeers,” written by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), translated into English by Philip Schuyler Allen (1871-1937), and illustrated by the well-known artist, Milo Winter (1888-1956). Earlier […]

Tequila, Tarahumara, and Turkeys: Recent Research Topics in the Handbook of Latin American Studies

 (The following is a post by Tracy North, Reference Librarian and Social Sciences Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Hispanic Division.) In the blog post to announce the publication of Volume 71 of the “Handbook of Latin American Studies” (HLAS), we drew attention to a study of pisco, the popular South American brandy. In Volume […]

Fresh Life (Online) for the epic Shahnamah

(The following is a repost from the Library of Congress Blog. The author is Neely Tucker, writer-editor in the Office of Communications.) “The Shahnamah,” (translated as “The Persian Book of Kings”) is the majestic narrative that recounts the history of pre-Islamic Persia, a staggering work of literature first published about 1,000 years ago. Written by […]

Centuries of Chinese Rare Books Go Digital

(The following is a post by Qi Qiu, Head of Scholarly Services, Asian Division.) To share the rich pre-modern Chinese resources of the Library of Congress with a wider audience, the Library has presented 1,000 rare books online. The Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection includes the most valuable titles and editions housed in the Library’s Asian […]