The Library’s scroll from Gandhara, an early Buddhist center along the borders of modern-day Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of the Library’s most precious treasures.
Reginald Scot’s 1584 book, “The Discoverie of Witchcraft” is one of the most influential books on magic ever published. The Library of Congress has a first edition.
Harry Houdini’s collection at the Library of Congress shows that he worked so extensively with police that he wrote a handbook on how smart criminals worked. It was called, “The Right Way to Do Wrong.”
In September, the John W. Kluge Center welcomed Simon Martin, anthropologist and specialist in Maya hieroglyphic writing, as the second Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas.
The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will play Game One of the World Series tonight in Houston. Check out this rare footage, found in a garage, of the Washington Senators winning the 1924 World Series over the New York Giants in a Game Seven that went 12 innings! This film is now part of […]
The backstory of how “The Postman Rings Twice,” one of the most famous titles in 20th century American literature, got its curious title.
The new hit film, “Ad Astra,” drew inspiration from the work of former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.
It’s time once again to dip into our Free to Use and Reuse sets of pictures, culled from the Library’s millions of copyright-free photographs, prints, maps and so on. This month, we’re featuring things that relate to ever-popular genealogy searches, as people look to uncover the secrets of their past by identifying their ancestors and the […]
Fugitive slave ads abounded in American newspapers until the end of the Civil War; the Library of Congress collections offer insight into this ugly segment of U.S. history.
Alan Gephardt is a ranger at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site of the U.S. National Park Service in Mentor, Ohio. Here, he writes about what his job entails.