Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, uses George Washington’s 1789 copy of “Acts Passed at the First Congress of the United States of America,” which includes the U.S. Constitution, to tell a short story on how the presidential oath of office has been unchanged since the founding of the nation. It’s the same oath that Joe Biden will swear to today, 232 years later.
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The Presidential Inaugural Committee for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announced that National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman perform her poetry at the 59th Presidential Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony, set to take place on Wednesday, January 20, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
The Library is the 2021 recipient of the Bernardo de Galvez award, given by the Fundacion Consejo Espana-Estados Unidos to American citizens or institutions who help promote and nurture relations between Spain and the United States.
The Library’s January set of Free to Use and Reuse copyright free images — you may use them however you like — is devoted to the art of the book.
Charles W. Calhoun, a history professor and author, has used the Library’s collections for more than half a century in his work on studying late 19th century America.
It started, the story goes, with a back-to-school jam in the Bronx in 1973. There, in a basement rec room, DJ Kool Herc — aka Clive Campbell — stood between two turntables, switching between records to extend the instrumental breaks so his sister’s friends could dance longer. His parties became so popular he had to […]
The Library is collecting web content that documents COVID-19’s devastating impact on the nation.
George Thuronyi, the deputy director of Public Information and Education for the Copyright Office, chooses favorite historical items submitted for copyright registration.
Popular renditions of Santa Claus have varied greatly since Clement Clarke Moore’s characterization of him as soot-covered elf in 1823’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
It’s asked every holiday season, so here’s your answer one more time: Thomas Edison created the first Christmas tree lights.