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Finding Strayhorn: Reflections from Chris Potter

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from saxophonist Chris Potter, who participated in the Music Division’s Finding Strayhorn discussion panel on June 12, 2019. My visit to the Library of Congress fortunately coincided with the announcement that the Billy Strayhorn Music Manuscripts and Estate Papers are now available for the public to study. I was …

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Announcing New Acquisition: The Billy Strayhorn Collection

Posted by: Larry Appelbaum

In January of 2017, I traveled to a suburb outside of Phoenix, Arizona to meet Dr. Gregory Morris and family. Morris is the nephew of Billy Strayhorn and Executor of the Billy Strayhorn Estate. Dr. Morris, a retired educator originally from Pittsburgh, kept the collection in safe hands for nearly five decades. The papers, including …

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Discovering a “lost” clarinetist in the Stravinsky/Craft Collection

Posted by: Paul Sommerfeld

This is a guest post by Stephanie Akau, who just completed a 2018 Library of Congress Junior Fellowship. She is working towards a Master of Library and Information Science degree at San José State University and will graduate in May 2019. She is currently a library information specialist at the University of New Mexico. She …

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Learning the Backstory to “Rent”

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

This post is by Emily Hauck, a summer intern in the Library’s Communications Office. A version of this post was first published in the Library of Congress Gazette and it also appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. No matter how much you think you know about a topic, there is always more to discover. I …

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New Wonder Woman Treasures on Display

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

The Library of Congress recently celebrated its extensive comic book collection with a pop-up exhibit (“Library of Awesome“) and a series of programs that culminated in a special appearance by Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman. During her appearance, Carter donated some remarkable items to the American people that will be housed in the Library’s …

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Finding Afro-Kola at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

The following is a guest blog by 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Ingrid Monson. “Finding Afro-Kola at the Library of Congress”  Ingrid Monson, Harvard University 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar For scholars and researchers interested in jazz, a visit to the Music Division of the Library of Congress can be a rewarding improvisation …