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War and Superheroes: How the Writer’s War Board Used Comics to Spread its Message in WWII

Posted by: Dan Turello

Historian Paul Hirsch was a Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation Fellow for Caricature and Cartoon at The John W. Kluge Center in summer 2015. His research explored the intersection of visual culture, race, policymaking, and diplomacy from World War II through the post-Cold War period. Paul, your work investigates the convergence of comic book publishing …

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The Kluge Center, Facial Masks for Veterans, and Students from Singapore

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following story was written¬†by Megan Harris of the Library’s Veterans History Project and was featured in the Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. It also appeared on the Library of Congress blog under the title “Inquiring Minds: Anna Coleman Ladd and WWI Veterans.” It has been edited. Last month Benjamin King, Maria Ellsworth …

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War, Trauma, Memory and Art

Posted by: Mary Lou Reker

Recently Tara Tappert, this year’s David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality, gave her final presentation at the Kluge Center. Her lecture was titled “Art from War: Documenting Devastation/Realizing Restoration.” The presentation was, as are all presentations by post-doctoral and senior scholars, open to the public and there was a substantial audience there to …

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Art from War: Lecture January 22nd

Posted by: Jason Steinhauer

The following is a cross-post from the Picture This: Library of Congress Prints and Photos blog. The post is authored by Barbara Orbach Natanson,¬†Head of Reference services for the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division. Pictures can eloquently convey some of the ugliness of war. Creating art can also be a powerful means of communicating the …

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A Piece of Music Found, A Lost Opera Complete

Posted by: Dan Turello

The quest to reconstruct a lost piece of music from the 1920s took Kluge Fellow Elia Corazza to Venice, New Haven, and finally, to the Library of Congress. Sometimes a few missing pages can make it a challenge to reconstruct an entire work. This was exactly the case when current Kluge Fellow Elia Corazza discovered …