Sister Gregory Duffy: An Asset to the Abbey and the Theater

Within our nearly 600 archival collections in the Music Division lie not only scores, sketches, correspondence and iconography, but countless untold stories. Being able to piece together these stories and uncover a stranger’s personality and contribution to our cultural history is one of the greatest joys I get to experience working here. A few weeks […]

Music from the Tsars: a Bibliography

The following is a guest post from Senior Music Reference Specialist Kevin LaVine. Throughout the 1930s, as the developing Soviet state was liquidating Tsarist property in order to generate funding for its ambitious projects, Herbert Putnam, the Librarian of Congress at that time, seized the opportunity to purchase approximately 2800 volumes which were formerly held […]

Johanna Beyer: A Composer Forgotten

The following is a guest post by Music Cataloger Laura Yust, who recently researched composer Johanna Beyer in a seminar about American Modernist composers. Laura is pursuing her M.A. in Musicology at The Catholic University of America. Many people know of the composer Henry Cowell and his innovative compositions, but the name Johanna Magdalena Beyer […]

Shepherding Students from Rice University

Earlier this month, the Music Division welcomed five graduate students from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University for a week-long research experience as they scoured through our collections in hopes of developing a new concert program based on materials only available at the Library of Congress. Tracy Wu (violin), Clara Yang (cello), Makiko […]

The Return of How I Spent My Summer Fellowship: Walter Damrosch

This is the last of a series of blog posts by this year’s Pruett Fellows. The following post is by Catherine Hughes, Graduate Student in Musicology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For my independent research as one of the 2010 Pruett Fellows from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I […]

Sherman’s March to the Sea

The following blog post is by Mark Zelesky, recent graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University. During our internship, my colleagues and I in the Junior Fellows internship discovered several items that highlight the diversity of materials collected by the Library of Congress. For ten weeks, we processed materials from […]