Comedy writer Robert Orben’s stockpile of thousands of his jokes, one-liners, and witty patter is a rich resource for those interested in the history of humor in the last half of the twentieth century.
A volume containing the letters of Quaker loyalist Rebecca Rawle Shoemaker to her husband, Samuel Shoemaker, who was exiled in England, describes the plight of Quakers and loyalists in Philadelphia after the Revolutionary War.
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), also known as the Lucretia Mott Amendment, to the U.S. Congress on December 10, 1923. Find materials throughout the Library of Congress on the history of this unratified, but impactful, constitutional amendment.
A close look at an early nineteenth-century ledger kept by John Thomson Mason (1765-1824) to record the business of his Maryland plantation, “Montpelier,” reveals information about the lives of the enslaved and formerly enslaved people who lived and worked there.
Join us on November 30 for a “Live! at the Library” commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of home rule in Washington, D.C., with a panel discussion on the legacy of home rule moderated by Kojo Nnamdi and featuring journalist Tom Sherwood; The Drum and Spear Bookstore co-founder, Eyes on the Prize documentarian and civil rights activist Judy Richardson; and historians G. Derek Musgrove and Kyla Sommers. A performance by the D.C. Go-Go band Mambo Sauce will follow the panel discussion.
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, a Library of Congress “Native American Arts” display highlights select Indigenous artists documented in Indian Arts and Crafts Board materials in the Manuscript Division’s Vincent Price Papers.