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Archive: December 2017 (15 Posts)

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Free to Use and Reuse: Selections from the National Film Registry

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season: Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online. The collection, “Selections from the National Film Registry,” is also available on YouTube. These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of …

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Celebrating Film: ‘Dunkirk’ Director Advocates Film Preservation

Posted by: Mark Hartsell

This is a post in advance of the announcement this week of this year’s selection of motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry. Director Christopher Nolan, the subject of this post, is a member of the National Film Preservation Board, which advises the Librarian of Congress regarding selections to the registry. Even in the …

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Pic of the Week: John Cena Thrills Young Readers

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

World-champion wrestler John Cena (center) visited the Library on December 6 to talk about his latest endeavor: starring as the voice of the gentle bull Ferdinand in a soon-to-be-released 20th Century Fox Animation feature film based on “The Story of Ferdinand the Bull,” the beloved 1936 children’s book by Munro Leaf. Cena read the story …

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My Job at the Library: The Library’s First Official Historian

Posted by: John Sayers

This post is reprinted from the November–December issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The entire issue is available on the Library’s website. John Cole has enjoyed a remarkable 51-year career at the Library, culminating with his most recent appointment as the first official Library of Congress historian. Throughout his long tenure at the …

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Inquiring Minds: Songwriter Finds Inspiration in Library’s Digital Newspapers

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

Rob Williams first used the Library’s digital newspaper collections more than a decade ago as a high-school teacher of U.S. history in Powhatan County, Virginia, near Richmond. Today, he’s a recording artist—he released his third album, “An Hour Before Daylight,” in October. But he still draws inspiration from the same online resources that captivated his …