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The Case of Frederick Starr’s “Missing” Ainu Book Collection

(The following is a post by Eiichi Ito, Japanese Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) Against a backdrop of increasing international awareness and recognition of indigenous groups through such milestones as the “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” in 2007, scholars in Japan and around the world have shown a growing interest in the study […]

Special Announcement: The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) Reading Room Is Moving!

The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) Reading Room in LJ 220 will move on Wednesday, April 24th after regular business hours at 5:00 p.m. to the new AMED Reading Room in the Northeast Pavilion (LJ-229) and open to readers on Thursday, April 25th at 8:30 a.m. In order to reach us, enter the Library […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 4/19/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:00 – 6:45 p.m. Book Talk: “On the Finland Watch: An American Diplomat in Finland during the Cold War” The European Division of the Library of Congress and Finlandia Foundation present “On the […]

Courting the Muse: Hebrew Wedding Poems from 18th-Century Italy

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division.) The spectacular news of the Venus flyby conducted by the Parker Solar Probe made headlines around the world last autumn, dazzling us all with its close-ups of the sun and reams of new data on nearby planets. Little […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 4/12/2019

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Tuesday, April 16, 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, April 16, 2019 from […]

Albania’s National Hero, Scanderbeg: A Legendary Military Strategist

(The following is a post by Grant G. Harris, chief, and Taru Spiegel, reference specialist, European Division. Based on papers presented by Grant G. Harris in 2018.) As the Ottoman Empire expanded into Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries, the religious differences between the Islamic Ottomans and the Christian Europeans, and shifting political alliances, made for […]

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

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 (Voice/TTY) or email [email protected] Directions Floor Plans Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Reading and Conversation with Ana Luísa Amaral Portuguese poet Ana Luísa Amaral will participate in a conversation and reading from her new book of poems What’s in a name? (New Directions, […]

Alternative Public Forums for Italian Women Authors and Readers at the Turn of the 19th Century

(The following is a post by Lucia Wolf, reference librarian for Italy, European Division.) Although Italy has a long history of celebrated female authors, women’s writing in that country really began to flourish in the 19th century, thanks to the proliferation of journals that provided public forums for women to express themselves. The Library of […]

Dunkirk: A 19th-Century Prequel

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division. Patricia Penon, Technician, Hispanic Division, also contributed to this post.) As the enemy overran the European continent at lightning speed, the British government organized an expeditionary force to stop them. However, in the face of a rapidly advancing enemy, British forces retreated […]