It was a magic moment: Harriet Tubman, revealed as a woman in the fierce prime of her life. In a March 25 ceremony, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Museum of African American History and Culture Director Lonnie Bunch unveiled the photo album of abolitionist Emily Howland, featuring a previously unknown portrait of Tubman. The photograph, taken around 1868, captures Tubman in her mid-40s, years younger than most surviving photographs that show her late in life. Here, then, is the leader of the Underground Railroad as she would have appeared to her followers during the 19 trips she made into slave states, leading some 300 enslaved people to freedom, including her aged parents. She also served as a Union spy during the Civil War. The photograph, purchased by the Library and the Smithsonian, is on display in the NMAAHC.
Major League Baseball starts today, which makes it the start of spring, never mind the official calendar. We remind you that your friendly national Library is just a long fly ball from Nationals Park, where the Nats open today against the New York Mets. If you haven’t made it to our Baseball Americana exhibit, it’s […]
This is a guest post from Lauren Algee, LC Labs Senior Innovation Specialist. Just four months after the Library partnered with the public to transcribe the papers of baseball icon Branch Rickey, volunteers have transcribed all 1,926 pages of Rickey’s scouting reports, making them available for digital research just in time for Major League Baseball’s […]
Mary Ann Shadd Cary was a 19th Century African-American feminist, lawyer, anti-slavery crusader and newspaper publisher.
Suffrage songs were a significant part of the movement for the 19th Amendment, with novelty pieces such as “She’s Good Enough to Have Your Baby and She’s Good Enough to Vote with You” lending a sense of humor to the campaign.
The Veterans History Project hosts a special reunion of World War II veteran Code Girls, March 22, 2019. Codebreakers Nancy Tipton and Katherine Fleming chat with Liza Mundy, who wrote of their efforts in “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.”
These audio documentaries in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress document the genius, and the impact, of some of most signficant recordings in American history.
A never-seen-before collection of letters from Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz offers new insight into the couple’s art, marriage and ambitions during an eighteen-year span in which they were primary shapers of American Modernism. The letters were sent, independently of one another, to their mutual friend, filmmaker Henwar Rodakiewicz, with whom O’Keeffe seemed especially close. The Library acquired them from a private collection. This is the first time they have been available to the public.
The National Recording Registry Class of 2019 includes Jay-Z, Sam & Dave, Cyndi Lauper and Robert F. Kennedy.
Significant radio broadcasts, speeches, and oral histories that are featured in the National Recording Registry’s archives of