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Omar Ibn Said: Conserving a One-of-a-Kind Manuscript

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

This is a guest post by Sylvia Albro, a senior paper conservator in the Conservation Division. Earlier this month, the Library released online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, including Ibn Said’s autobiography, the only known extant autobiography written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. A wealthy and educated man, Ibn Said …

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Thirty Years of the National Film Registry

Posted by: Carla D. Hayden

Something exciting is happening today. Of course, there are always exciting things happening at the Library of Congress, but today I want to take you behind the scenes of one of my favorite duties as Librarian – selecting films for the National Film Registry. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, …

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Hispanic Heritage Month: New Tools Uncover Surprises in Diego Rivera Paintings

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

This is a quest post by John Hessler, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the History and Archaeology of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress. He describes research and analysis he conducted with Tana Villafana and Meghan Wilson of the Library’s Preservation Research and Testing Division and Stephanie Stillo of the …

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Gutenberg Bible To Be Presented in New Display Case Designed for Conservation

Posted by: Brett Zongker

For the first time in more than 70 years, the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress will be moved into a new display case specially designed for the artifact’s long-term conservation and to better showcase the iconic book. To prepare for the new exhibit, the Gutenberg Bible will be taken off view Friday, Sept. …

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Talking Textiles: Marvels of Pre-Columbian America

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

This is a guest post by Rosemary Ryan, an archaeological research fellow at the Library. She is a student at Towson University specializing in forensic anthropology and archaeology. Her research at the Library supports the “Exploring the Early Americas” exhibit and the Jay I. Kislak Collection, made up of more than 3,000 items related to …

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Ensuring the Long-Term Accessibility of Creative Content

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

This is a guest post by Ted Westervelt, a section head in the Library’s U.S. Arts, Sciences and Humanities Division; Kate Murray, a digital projects coordinator in the Digital Collections Management and Services Division; and Donna Brearcliffe, an electronic resources coordinator in the Collection Development Office. Since the first edition of the Recommended Formats Statement …

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Preservation Week 2018: Celebrating Veterans and Their Families

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

This is a guest post by Jacob Nadal, Director for Preservation at the Library of Congress. Every spring, libraries all across the U.S. celebrate Preservation Week. This annual event highlights what we can do, individually and together, to care for our personal collections and to support preservation efforts in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and …

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National Recording Registry Reaches 500!

Posted by: Wendi Maloney

Harry Belafonte, Run-DMC, Yo-Yo Ma Recordings Among Newly Announced Inductees Tony Bennett’s hit single “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio …

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New Online: Rare Photo of Harriet Tubman Preserved for Future Generations

Posted by: Mark Hartsell

This post draws on the article “Building Black History: A New View of Tubman,” published in the January–February issue of LCM, the Library of Congress Magazine. The issue is available in its entirety online. A remarkable photo album brought two major institutions together to restore and preserve an important piece of American history. Today, the …