Building the Library’s Collections: From (and for) The People

Lincoln’s original drafts of the Gettysburg Address, the diaries of Theodore Roosevelt, Walt Whitman’s notes for “Leaves of Grass,” the journals of Alexander Graham Bell documenting his invention of the telephone, Irving Berlin’s handwritten score for “God Bless America,” the papers of Rosa Parks, the diaries of Orville Wright chronicling the first powered flight — all were obtained by the Library via donation, gifts from citizens to the American public, making it truly an institution by and for the people.

The Rolling Stones, Hell’s Angels and Altamont: A New View

The National Audio-Visual Conservation Center has found a never-before-seen home movie of the infamous Altamont Free Concert in 1969, during which a member of the Hell’s Angels killed a member of the audience. The incident became a cultural turning point of the era.

“A Christmas Memory,” Truman Capote’s Classic, Handwritten at the Library

“A Christmas Memory,” Truman Capote’s bittersweet short story about his small-town Alabama childhood with his eccentric elderly cousin, has been one of the nation’s most beloved tales in the holiday canon since it was first published in 1956. The Library has Capote’s handwritten draft of the story, which reveals much about the young Capote.