The Library recently acquired Spanish surrealist Joan Miro’s “Makemono,” a 32-foot scroll artwork created in collaboration with French lithographer Aime Maeght in Paris in 1956.
Civil War historian Elizabeth Leonard has written a number of books about the role of women on the battlefield and the social and political reverberations of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. She’s researched those books, including her soon-to-be-published title, “Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life,” in the Library’s Manuscript Division.
The Library holds the papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, one of the nation’s most influential landscape architects, who also was an influential writer and civic planner. The Library is marking the 200th anniversary of his birth with an exhibit and an online transcription campaign.
Ulysses S. Grant was born 200 years ago today, April 27, 2022. The Library has a huge collection of the former president’s personal, military and political papers, including letters to his wife, Julia, and the manuscript of his bestselling memoir.
The court photographer for the Ziegfeld Follies, Alfred Cheney Johnston — who later donated more than 200 of his photographs to the Library — captured the era and helped create the modern celebrity glamour shot. He was one of the first celebrity photographers. Stars such as Mary Pickford, Clara Bow, Helen Hayes, John Barrymore, Barbara Stanwyck, Dorothy and Lillian Gish and Marilyn Miller all flocked to him. His star faded over time, but is remembered in an elegant photobook, “Jazz Age Beauties,”
Songwriting brothers Robert and Richard Sherman penned dozens of Disney hits, including the songs and lyrics for “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book” and “Winnie the Pooh,” but their simple song for a theme park ride, “It’s a Small World,” became the most played song of all time.
Lamont Dozier, part of Motown’s fabled Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, talks about writing “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” a hit for the Four Tops and part of the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry class.
We caught up with Alicia Keys recently, talking about her electrifying 2001 debut album, “Songs in A Minor,” and its induction into the 2022 class of the National Recording Registry.
Journey’s “Don’r Stop Believin’ ” became a pop-culture staple and a stadium anthem for several sports teams. This year it was inducted into the National Recording Registry. We caught up with lead singer Steve Perry about the record.
The 2022 Class of the National Recording Registry includes albums such as Alicia Keys’ “Songs in A Minor” and singles such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” along with with important inductions of hip-hop and Latin music, including recordings by Linda Ronstadt, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and the Buena Vista Social Club.