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Film poster for "Knute, Rockne, All American." Actor Pat O'Brien depicted standing in center holding football, inspirational text behind him along with various football silhouettes.

Knute Rockne and Damar Hamlin–Inspiring A Century Apart

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

Inspired by the out-pouring of love and good sportsmanship displayed around Damar Hamlin's recent health scare, the Library's own Stacie Seifrit-Griffin looks at the sports classic "Knute Rockne, All American" (1940) and other audio-visual celebrations of America's love for athletics.

Press photo of Frank Lloyd Wright, in suit and hat, alongside Robert Richman, standing in doorway.

Before the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Part 1

Posted by: Laura Jenemann

One of the many cultural institutions in Washington, D.C. is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The mission of the Kennedy Center is: “As the nation’s cultural center, and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, we are a leader for the arts across America and around the world, reaching and …

A view looking past a digital display screen towards the doors of an indoor theater, with

The White House Record Library–in the Library of Congress?

Posted by: Laura Jenemann

In 1969, the Recording Industry Association of America offered to donate a collection of recordings to the White House “reflecting the wide range of American interest in recorded music, as well as drama, prose and poetry” (White House Historical Association, 1973). This donation resulted in the White House Record Library, a collection of approximately 2,000 …

A view looking past a digital display screen towards the doors of an indoor theater, with

Good Times Are Here!: New to the National Jukebox

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The following is a guest post by David Gibson and David Sager of the Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress. Since its initial launch in 2011, the National Jukebox has provided researchers the ability to stream thousands of acoustic sound recordings from the very earliest days of the commercial record industry. As the …

Mary McLeod Bethune, latter portrait, seated at desk. Papers in background. Bethune holds pen and is seen writing on notepad, looks outward.

From Our Collection: Celebrating Mary McLeod Bethune

Posted by: Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

As the great Mary McLeod Bethune gets her own statue at the US Capitol, the Library's own Stacie Seifrit-Griffin examines her life and legacy via the Library's audio-video collections.