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 Library is collecting web content that documents COVID-19’s devastating impact on the nation.
For pretty much all her life, Mari Yoshihara has had one foot in the United States and the other in Japan: She was born in New York City, raised in Tokyo. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo, then an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Brown University. Her career as an academic […]
The Rosa Parks Papers are the subject of a major exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Library curator John Hessler’s new book, “Collecting for a New World: Treasures of the Early Americas,” explores the treasures of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology & History of the Early Americas.
I.M. Pei died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 102. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements, we reprint this guest post by Mari Nakahara, curator of architecture, design and engineering in the Prints and Photographs Division, focusing on his items in the Library. It ran on his 100th birthday. Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming […]
Giselle Aviles, the 2019 Archaeological Research Associate in the Geography and Map Division, is exploring the treasures of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the History and Archaeology of the Early Americas.
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 […]
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.
For the past three decades or so, Thomas Doherty has taught and written about films, television and Hollywood — a lot. An American studies professor at Brandeis University with a special interest in classical Hollywood, he has written seven books touching on topics including teen movies, censorship, Hitler and McCarthyism. His latest book, “Show Trial: […]