Pic of the Week: Celebrating Women’s History Month at the Library

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, far right, shares a laugh with women leaders in the arts on March 22. From left, Molly Smith of Arena Stage, Deborah Rutter of the Kennedy Center, and Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, far right, shares a laugh on March 22 with, from left, Molly Smith of Arena Stage, Deborah Rutter of the Kennedy Center and Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden hosted a conversation with three dynamic leaders in the arts on March 22 in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress. Hayden, who is the first woman to serve as Librarian of Congress, spoke with Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Hayden spoke with them about their life experiences and achievements and trends in the cultural community.

The event took place in the Members Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building and was streamed live. A recording is available on the Library’s YouTube site.

New Book: “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps”

Designed to educate, amuse or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography. A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. […]

Bibliodiscotheque: Array of Events Planned to Celebrate Disco Culture

Today, the Library of Congress announced an exciting upcoming series: “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque.” Multiple events from April 12 through May 6 will explore disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Disco’s influence on popular music and dance since the 1970s will be in focus through film screenings, performances, interviews and a […]

Inquiring Minds: Author Tells Story of Black Elite Through Library’s Daniel Murray

Daniel Murray, a pioneer in the black history movement, worked at the Library of Congress for 52 years, from 1871 to 1922. He began as special assistant to Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford, later serving as a librarian and a bibliographer of works by African-Americans. In “The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the […]

World War I: Norvel Preston Clotfelter

(The following is a guest post by Rachel Telford, archivist with the Veterans History Project.) In 1917, Norvel Preston Clotfelter’s life was upended when he was drafted into the United States Army. He postponed his wedding, left his job as a school teacher in Mazie, Okla., and began his service at Camp Travis, Texas; he […]

Pic of the Week: Saint Patrick’s Day

What do parades, shamrocks, and green beer bring to mind? Saint Patrick’s Day, of course. The first Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States took place in the 18th century in Boston and New York, and festivities expanded in the 19th century as more and more Irish immigrated to the country. Today, Saint Patrick’s […]

Women’s History Month: Collection Documents Hard-Won Victory

(The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Gettins, Library of Congress digital library specialist.) “Roll up your sleeves, set your mind to making history.” —Carrie Chapman Catt March is Women’s History Month, so what better collection to highlight than the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection? Formed in 1890, the National American Woman Suffrage […]

New Online: Walt Whitman, Alan Lomax and More

(The following is a guest post by William Kellum, manager in the Library’s Web Services Division.)  Before we jump into new offerings, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you of December’s release of the upgraded presentation for the George Washington Papers Collection. Read all about it in Julie Miller’s excellent blog post here. African American […]