Welcome to our New Poet Laureate!

(The following is a repost from the blog “From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress.”) Today the Library of Congress announced the appointment of the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Tracy K. Smith. Following is an interview that Poetry and Literature Center digital content manager Anne Holmes conducted with […]

Free to Use and Reuse: 19th-Century Portrait Photos

Military brass, senators, socialites and even babies—these are a handful of Washington, D.C., subjects photographed by Charles Milton Bell (1848–93) during the last quarter of the 19th century. The Library recently digitized more than 25,000 glass plate negatives produced by Bell and his successors between 1873 and the early years of the 20th century. The photographs document […]

Gallery Talk: Immigrant Voices of the Veterans History Project

This is a guest post by Owen Rogers, liaison specialist for the Veterans History Project. Library of Congress specialists often give presentations about ongoing Library exhibitions. This post relates to a presentation Rogers prepared for the exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.” My great-grandfather, Stephen Basford Young, served in […]

Inquiring Minds: Diaries Shed New Light on Laos’ 20th-Century Upheavals

Ryan Wolfson-Ford spent two weeks at the Library of Congress in May thanks to the Library’s Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program. It supports scholars pursuing research in Asian studies using the collections in the Library’s Asian Division. Wolfson-Ford is completing his doctoral degree in history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research focuses on Laos […]

New Book: “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History”

Between August 1914 and November 1918, World War I eradicated empires, ignited the Russian Revolution, reconfigured the world map and marked a turning point for the United States. A new book by Margaret E. Wagner, “America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History,” published by Bloomsbury Press in association with the Library […]

Pic of the Week: Kids Celebrate Reading Milestone

Seventy-six students from Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C., visited the Library of Congress on May 31 to celebrate a big accomplishment: together, they read 1,436 books during the school year with mentors from the Library’s staff and the House of Representatives. Mentors and students came together through the Power Lunch Program of Everybody Wins! […]

Inquiring Minds: Setting the Record Straight on Pirates and Their Wives

Pirate lore has long captivated us and, through the centuries, worked its way into our literature, movies and popular culture. But many depictions of pirates are wrong, distorting our understanding of them. So writes Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos in her new book, “The Pirate Next Door: The Untold Story of Eighteenth Century Pirates’ Wives, Families and […]