The Library of Congress has acquired a 1538 menologion, or Orthodox Eastern ecclesiastical calendar, from the influential printing press of Božidar Vuković (ca. 1460-1540) whose works were known for their beauty and technical achievement.
A paper conservator at the Library of Congress virtually examines the “Codex Quetzalecatzin,” a manuscript created by indigenous artists ca. 1593 that shows the Mexican regions of Puebla and Oaxaca. The Codex is housed in the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
In 1911, Jewish children in the Russian Empire woke up to find a Tom Thumb of their own, a Hebrew Tom Thumb of the greatest charm imaginable, and written, moreover, by that greatest of modern Hebrew poets, Chaim Nachman Bialik (1873-1934). Bialik’s “Etsba’oni” first appeared in the pages of Ha-Shahar [The Dawn], one of a growing number of Hebrew periodicals created specifically for children in the early decades of the 20th century, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia. The Library of Congress has an almost complete run of the periodical from its seven months of existence, covers included.
It takes a special skill to transcribe old German handwriting, or die deutsche Schrift, for the Library of Congress’ “By the People” crowdsourcing initiative.
With the launch of the North Korean Serials digital collection, some of the most sought-after materials about the country’s economics, law, politics, military affairs, society, history, agriculture, and education are freely online.
An intern’s journey of data visualization in the Hispanic Reading Room, from redesigning the physical space with a 3-D model to creating electronic spaces with a website from scratch.
Stefan Zeromski’s “Przedwiosnie” is of symbolic interest to the Polish nation. The Library of Congress has various versions of the book.
On the first day of May, International Workers’ Day, 2020, staff of the international collections divisions at the Library of Congress celebrate workers everywhere by sharing a tribute to workers who have engineered and implemented innovations like paper, movable print, video, internet, and crowd sourcing to make information sharing possible!
If you feel like a bit of virtual browsing, consider sampling the “4 Corners of the World” blogposts from the International Collections at the Library of Congress. A number of the posts feature online works.
To honor the Library’s 220th anniversary, this blog looks at some freely accessible digital collections and projects from four divisions: African & Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic.