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Library in the News: June Recap Edition

Posted by: Erin Allen

June marked a pretty busy time here at the Library of Congress with some big-ticket announcements. From naming a new Poet Laureate and pivotal books in America’s history to recent collection acquisitions, the institution was making regular headlines. In announcing Mississippi native and Pulitzer Prize-winning Natasha Trethewey as Poet Laureate, Librarian of Congress James H. …

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The Year of the Girl

Posted by: Erin Allen

I have a pack of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in my freezer. I treat myself to one or two occasionally, although it’s hard limiting myself since you really can’t eat just a couple. I can’t buy Samoas anymore because I won’t stop until I eat the whole box. While we may be enjoying the …

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A Fashion Faux Pas of Epic Proportions

Posted by: Erin Allen

What exactly is a “shirtwaist?” The American shirtwaist was a fashion trend for women at the turn of the 20th century, noted for the pairing of tailored shirt and skirt – offering a glimpse of the ankles – and was very fashion-forward during its day. “Shirt-waist sets are among the attractive dress accessories to tempt …

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Searching Historic Newspapers Just Got Better

Posted by: Erin Allen

The following is a guest post by Megan Halsband, a reference librarian in the Serials and Government Publications Division: One of the things you might notice today when you visit Chronicling America is a new feature in the left column linking to a sneak peek at our upcoming redesign, available now for “beta test.” If …

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Crazy SK8s

Posted by: Erin Allen

There’s something about strapping on a pair of roller skates and the exhilaration of speeding across the floor, taking fast turns, testing your agility as you maneuver against and in tandem with those like-minded. The sport is very near and dear to my heart, as I recently joined the ranks of the DC Rollergirls, the …

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See You In The Funny Papers

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

There are many avenues of research at the Library of Congress. Some are a laugh riot! Take, for example, the vast collections of cartoons and caricature in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division. For more than a century, the Library has collected pictorial humor  – collections that range from a lifetime’s worth of cartoons by …