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Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #5.1

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

This is one of a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Congressman Charlie Wilson from Ohio stopped by to welcome guests to the Gateway To Knowledge exhibit on its first day in Marietta; he was joined …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Papers of Comic-Book ‘Villain’ Open at Library

Posted by: Matt Raymond

My colleague Erin Allen wrote the following for the Library’s in-house letter, The Gazette, and I thought it worth sharing with a wider audience: Among comic-book aficionados, psy­chiatrist Fredric Wertham (1895–1981) is considered as much of a villain as those he assailed in the crime and horror comics he criticized. However, Wer­tham was more than …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Our Statue, Our History, Our Nation

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The history of our nation — from the earliest settlers through the present day — is a story of ambition and resilience, a story of human ingenuity conquering the impossible. In its new epic series “America The Story of Us,” which premieres Sunday night (April 25) at 9 p.m. EDT, HISTORY will retell the extraordinary …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Country Roads Bring CMA to Library Concert, Collections Display

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Most musicians probably would be satisfied during a performance with a single standing ovation.  But at a rousing concert Tuesday in the Coolidge Auditorium, the crowd leapt to their feet in applause no less than four times for a half dozen of country music’s most popular and influential stars—and even surprise “guest performer” Librarian of …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

A Masterful Frame Job

Posted by: Matt Raymond

In 1867, the American West was still very much wild.  It was into that new frontier that a young photographer named Timothy O’Sullivan ventured to provide a visual record of the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, led by Clarence King. As much a PR effort to encourage settlement of the West as it was …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Library’s Flickr Site Celebrates the Taggable Twos

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

(Guest post by Michelle Springer, Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives) Jan. 16 is the two-year anniversary of the launch of the Library’s account on Flickr, the photosharing website. We started with approximately 3,100 photos in our account; today 30 additional archives, libraries, and museums from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, the …

Image of an ornate clock showing 2:05 with sculpted male figures sitting on each side of the clock face

Photochroms Give Us Holland’s Nice, Bright Colors

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division has added 116 photocrom travel views of the Netherlands from 100 years ago to our Flickr page, bringing the total number of photochroms on Flickr to 773. Photochroms, published primarily from the 1890s to 1910s, are prints that were created by the Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, and the …