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Buck Canel–The Voice of Beisbol, Boxeo and FDR

  “…millions this week listened to Buck Canel, a swashbuckling New Yorker, as he broadcast his 27th World Series in Spanish” –Robert H. Boyle, Sports Illustrated, October 14, 1963. “No se vayan que esto se pone bueno!” (“Don’t go away, this is getting good!”) –Buck Canel, during many, many baseball broadcasts Sportscaster Buck Canel’s voice […]

The Ongoing Mystery of “ABC’s Wide World of Mystery” (1973-1976)

Sadly, in the Library of Congress’ Moving Image and Recorded Sound sections, we are no stranger to the concept of “lost” media.  Though our vast archives are a testament to all the movies, TV shows, music and other sounds that have been created and have endured to the present day, sprinkled throughout film/sound history are […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — October 2021

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.   Anthology Film Archives, New York City, […]

Opening the Treasure Chest: National Silent Movie Day

Today we celebrate National Silent Movie Day by opening the treasure chest and sharing some of the resources that the Library of Congress offers to research and expand your interest in these classic and iconic motion pictures. The American silent feature film era lasted from 1912 to 1929 with nearly 11,000 feature films produced, but […]

From the Recording Registry: “Born to Run” (1975)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BOSS!  In honor of Bruce Springsteen’s birthday today, author Tyler Hayes pays tribute to Springsteen’s legendary album “Born to Run,” added to the National Registry in 2003.  Two albums into his career, Bruce Springsteen’s music trajectory was not set to contain notoriety. He was on a path that would soon see […]

Remembering Sarah Dash: Labelle and Beyond

The Library of Congress is very saddened to hear of the passing of Sarah Dash, powerhouse vocalist, true diva and onetime member of the group Labelle.  Earlier this year, after Labelle’s legendary “Lady Marmalade” was added to the Library’s National Recording Registry, the LC spoke with Ms. Dash about her remarkable hit and career.  Our […]

The National Recording Registry: DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE RECORDINGS FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY The Library of Congress invites you to submit your recommendations for the 2021 National Recording Registry. Every year, the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the National Recording Preservation Board, annually selects 25 titles/works that are deemed “culturally, historically or […]

From the Recording Registry: Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition Speech of 1895

Today, on the anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s historic Atlantic speech, we look back at the recording Washington made of it in 1908, so that his words would not be lost to history.  Professor Jacqueline M. Moore does the honors for the recording added to the National Registry in 2002. Booker T. Washington’s 1895 Address […]

From the National Recording Registry: “Ven Conmigo” — Selena (1990)

 As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, author Joe Nick Patoski examines the legacy of Selena and her groundbreaking second studio album “Ven Conmigo.”   This essay reflects not only her music, but Selena’s short-lived iconic status that often compared her to Gloria Estefan, Madonna, and other legendary female entertainers. By the age of 22, Selena was […]

New Digital Collection of Motion Picture Copyright Descriptions

One of our very earliest Now See Hear! posts was about our wonderful collection of the copyright descriptions that accompanied films submitted for registration starting in 1912. At the very end we noted “several years ago we digitized many hundreds of the microfilm reels onto which the descriptions were originally transferred, and we’re looking for […]