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Archive: 2017 (228 Posts)

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

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

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 …

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World War I: Norvel Preston Clotfelter

Posted by: Erin Allen

(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 …

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Literacy: You’ve Got Ten Days Left!

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

(The following is a guest post by Guy Lamolinara, communications officer in the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.) There is still time to get your application in for a Library of Congress Literacy Award. The deadline is midnight EDT on March 31. By spending just a few hours to fill out …

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Women’s History Month: Library to Live Stream Talk with Arts Leaders

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host a discussion at noon on March 22 with three dynamic leaders in the arts in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress. The event will be streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter and #WomensHistory. …

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Pic of the Week: Saint Patrick’s Day

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

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 …

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

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

(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 …

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New Online: Walt Whitman, Alan Lomax and More

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

(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 …

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Women’s History Month: Zora Neale Hurston Dramas

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

Zora Neale Hurston died in obscurity in a Florida nursing home in 1960. But her standing as a distinguished writer of African American literature was already on the rise in 1997 when a retired Copyright Office staff member serving as a volunteer identified 10 little-known play scripts she had deposited decades earlier for copyright registration. …

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Pic of the Week: Ladies of Liberty

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

Author and journalist Cokie Roberts visited the Library’s Young Readers Center on March 6 to read from her new children’s book, “Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation,” adapted from her bestselling adult work of the same title. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Diane Goode, the book features biographies of 10 influential women …