The Library marks Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) with a short video covering his first inauguration as president, including his handwritten copy of his inaugural address and the pearl necklace and bracelets that Mary Todd Lincoln wore to their inaugural ball.
Transcription of the Library’s Mary Church Terrell Papers was selected as the 2021 Douglass Day service project by the Colored Conventions Project, and you can take part via the Library’s By the People crowdsourcing program.
The Feb. 2021 set of Free to Use and Reuse Photographs in the Library’s collections highlights African American Women Changemakers. We highlight the careers of Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío died 105 years ago this week, but still looms over Latin American verse. Sergio Ramírez, a Nicaraguan author who wrote a book about Darío, discusses his legacy in an interview.
Cary Odell of the Library’s National Recording Registry is back with another entry in his Mystery Photo Contest from our celebrity files.
Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literatures, uses his February newsletter to celebrate Black History Month.
The Library today announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Library historian Margaret McAleer recounts this unlikely White House pets story, the tale of Rebecca the Raccoon in the Coolidge administration.
Julie Miller, the Library’s historian of early America, explains in this short video how Americans began the tradition of presidential inaugurations with the ceremonies for George Washington.
Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, congratulates Amanda Gorman on her sensational poetry reading at the presidential inauguration and remembers a 2017 reading Gorman gave at the Library.