On Wednesday, the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns presented more than 100 rare and unique items from 17 Library divisions. The display provided the opportunity for fellows to discuss the historic significance of the collection items they have researched and processed during their 10-week internships.
Some highlights included:
- an Olmec ceramic figurine (900-1200 BCE), the oldest item in the Jay I. Kislak Collection
- An 1886 journal written by William T. Hornaday, a conservationist and founder of the Bronx Zoo
- A watercolor paintings of costume designs for the 1938 New Orleans production of “One Third of a Nation”
- A guest book used from 1955-1986 by the Woman’s National Democratic Club, which includes signatures from former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, Lady Bird Johnson, Carol Channing, W. Averell and Pamela C. Harriman, Liz Carpenter, Lynda Robb, Alistair Cooke, Dean Rusk and Jack Anderson
- Audio clips from interviews conducted in 1957 and 1981 with American composer Leonard Bernstein
You can read more about the program and their work here.