Anna Freud knew the importance of her father's book and article drafts to history, but she couldn't bring herself to part with them. The manuscripts remained in her home for decades, until a visit by a Library of Congress staff member in 1975 helped persuade her to begin to let go.
The Manuscript Division recently acquired more than twenty Barack Obama letters, postcards, notes, photographs, and campaign ephemera, most dating from the 1980s. The letters confirm historian Meg McAleer’s fascination with materials emanating from a person’s early professional life.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. The Manuscript Division recently joined an event with veterans and Gold Star families that became more about listening than telling, and offered powerful insights about national healing and the power of conversation in a shared space.