New Dance Collections in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia

The Music Division is proud to offer two new web presentations in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia.  The collection of notable dancer, choreographer and teacher Bronislava Nijinska (1891-1972) contains a diverse variety of materials documenting dance and the arts in the twentieth century. Available here are over 200 collection items, including manuscripts, books, diaries, choreographic notebooks, […]

One Small Dance Step For Man

Forty-one years ago today, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon. The Apollo 11 broadcast from the moon on July 20, 1969, which transmitted Neil Armstrong’s immortal words,  “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was named to the National Recording Registry in 2004. Remember one giant […]

Theater for the People: transcribing the Federal Theatre Project

The Music Division is proud to announce the launch of its first collaboration with By the People, a crowd-source transcription initiative from the Library of Congress. Today marks the start of Theater for the People: Federal Theatre Project playbills, a campaign to transcribe more than 7,750 pages of theater programs and fliers documenting productions from […]

Reflecting on Jazz with New Resources from the Library of Congress

The following is a blog post from first author Kaleena Black and co-author Claudia Morales. It was published on NAFME “Music Educators Journal”– September 2021 issue Kaleena Black is an Educational Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress.  She can be reached at [email protected] Claudia Morales is a Concert Producer at the Library of Congress.  She […]

Five Questions: Melissa Young and the Many, Many Awards of Roger L. Stevens

In this week’s post we are revisiting an older “In the Muse” series, Five Questions. In the past, we used this interview format as a way to get to know Music Division interns and contract archivists, but in today’s five questions, Processing Technician Melissa Young talks about theatrical producer and Kennedy Center founding chairman Roger […]

Nicolò Paganini: Virtuosic Rock Star of the 19th Century

The following post was written in collaboration with Senior Music Specialist Susan Clermont.  The label “rock star” tends to conjure images of modern-day bands like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Go-Gos, Queen, or Led Zeppelin. But if we venture further back into the 19th century, virtuoso performing artists like pianist Franz Liszt, bassist Domenico […]