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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 […]

From the Recording Registry: United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama (Sept. 12, 1959)

Sixty-two years ago today, a group of talented singers gathered in Fyffe, Alabama, to recording a remarkable, one of a kind album utilizing “shape-note singing.”  The Library’s own Matt Barton examines the resulting recording that was named to the Library’s National Registry in 2010. “If you don’t like it [Sacred Harp singing] you had better […]

From National Film Registry: What Are Your Favorite Films?

  NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE FILMS FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SEPTEMBER 15, 2021   The Library of Congress invites you to submit your recommendations for the 2021 National Film Registry. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the National […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — September 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. FILM FORUM:  New York City, New York […]

From the Film Registry: “Hospital” (1970)

Frederick Wiseman’s powerful documentary “Hospital,” added to the Library’s National Registry in 1994, is recalled here by film professor Barry Keith Grant. Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has said that he is interested in how the institutions he films are “cultural spoors” that reflect the larger cultural hues,” and “Hospital,” his fourth documentary, is a perfect example […]

From the Recording Registry: “Phonautograms” (c. 1853-61)

The very first recording of the human voice (added to the Library’s National Registry in 2010) may not be what you think it is.  But here scholar David Giovannoni looks back at this momentous technological–and cultural–breakthrough. Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville invented sound recording when he conceived of a machine that would do for the ear […]