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Miss Peak Speaks

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center. The Library of Congress’s Recorded Sound Collection grows from many sources. Collection items include copyright deposits, purchases and donations. Donations are often the result of someone who thinks the Library would be a good place for their parent’s or grandparent’s record […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 26 – 28, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 26 (7:30 p.m.) They Made Me a Criminal (Warner Bros., 1939) John Garfield stars as Johnnie Bradfield, a world-champion boxer who goes on the lam after he is falsely accused of murder and ends up on an Arizona ranch run […]

The Billy and Marlene VerPlanck Collection

This blog post was written by Matt Barton, curator of the Recorded Sound Section. It’s not unusual for the Recorded Sound Section and the Music Division to share custody of a collection, with Recorded Sound taking the recordings and the Music Division taking the written scores of a particular artist. But the Billy and Marlene […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 19 – 21, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (RKO, 1939) The last and least representative of the musicals Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made for RKO, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, based on the memoirs of Irene Castle, tells of her […]

Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, September 19th

Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison Building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery. Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. DOWNSTAIRS  Hired by […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — October 2019

Seventy-five years ago during the summer and fall of 1944, a number of pivotal events took place during World War II and several films have been programmed in commemoration including Is Paris Burning? about the liberation of Paris; A Bridge too Far, an account of the Allied attempt to break through the German lines in […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Sept. 12 – 14, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 12 (7:30 p.m.) …One Third of a Nation… (Paramount, 1939) Adapted from a controversial play originally produced by the Federal Theatre Project (part of the WPA), this Depression-era story contrasts the lifestyles of tenement dwellers with the existence of the […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — September 2019

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collections–many preserved by the NAVCC film  laboratory–that we’re loaning for exhibition this month. As always, we can’t guarantee that schedules won’t change or links get broken, but this is our best information at the time of publication. Cinematheque Busan; Busan, South Korea http://www.dureraum.org September 3, 2019: […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (September 5 – 7, 2019)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, September 5 (7:30 p.m.) The Man from Laramie (Columbia, 1955) James Stewart stars as a former Army scout who is out for revenge, tracking the person responsible for his brother’s death. He knows the guilty party sold guns to a tribe […]

Native Gems: Highlights from the Native American Audio Project

This blog post was written by Sally Smith and Brianna Gist, 2019 Jr. Fellows in the Recorded Sound Section. The Native American Audio Project began as a response to an “Ask-a-Librarian” question submitted by a patron inquiring about recordings of Native American music in the Recorded Sound Section of the Library. Although the American Folklife […]