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

The following is a reprint of a blog post originally published on April 16, 2012. As of today, Sr. Gregory’s correspondence from the Oscar Hammerstein II Collection is now available online via the Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia. See the added inventory and links to digitized material at the end of the blog post. […]

Clark Lights Up the Library

The following is a guest post from Music Archivist Chris Hartten. Peggy Clark (1915-1996) lit up the Broadway stage in ways very different from most stars of 20th-century America. Following her 1938 Broadway debut as a costume designer for The Girl from Wyoming, Clark soon established herself as a pioneer of stage lighting and one […]

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 […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Sewing Machine – the Musical! Edition

The following is a guest post by Senior Cataloging Specialist Sharon McKinley. Elias Howe (July 9, 1819-Oct. 3, 1867) was the recipient, in 1846, of the first American patent for a sewing machine using a lockstitch design.  The new machines revolutionized the garment industry, giving rise to sweatshops, and ultimately to the International Ladies Garment Workers […]

Oliver Smith Collection…On Display!

The following is a guest post from Theater Specialist Walter Zvonchenko. Among the most significant collections acquired by the Library of Congress in very recent time is the Oliver Smith Collection of theatrical design, now in the custody of the Music Division. One of the most highly regarded and sought after stage designers of the […]

A little birthday music

His work has been interpreted by everyone from Barbara Streisand to Tim Burton. Lyricist-composer Stephen Sondheim, one of the great voices in American musical theater, was born on March 22,  1930. In 2000, The Library of Congress honored him with a Living Legend award, complete with an all-star 70th birthday concert in the Coolidge Auditorium. […]