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Recorded Sound Research at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Karen Fishman

Curious about doing research in the recorded sound collections of the Library of Congress but don’t know where to start? Then this blog post is for you! Here we’ll discuss finding materials in our collections, offer some search strategies, and point out how to get in touch should you have further questions or want to …

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Inside the Archival Box: The First Long-Playing Disc

Posted by: Amanda Jenkins

Today is Record Store Day, a movement that began in 2007 in order to celebrate independent record stores and the unique culture of owners, employees, artists, and customers that help them thrive. In honor of the occasion, here’s another “Inside the Archival Box” post with a look at the production of the first LP! Columbia …

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Exploring Poetry through Moving Image and Recorded Sound

Posted by: Karen Fishman

In addition to celebrating jazz music, April is also designated National Poetry Month! This month-long celebration has been organized by the Academy of American Poets since 1996 to spread awareness about and encourage appreciation of poetry. National Poetry Month has grown into a worldwide event that encourages reading, writing, and sharing poetry, as well as recognizing …

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Jazz Appreciation in Moving Images and Recorded Sound

Posted by: Karen Fishman

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! The Smithsonian National Museum of American History began this month-long celebration in 2001 to encourage people to listen to, read about, and play jazz music. Unsurprisingly, jazz is well-represented in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress, from commercial recordings to film and more. …

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Jazz Appreciation in Moving Image and Recorded Sound

Posted by: Amanda Jenkins

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! The Smithsonian National Museum of American History began this month-long celebration in 2001 to encourage people to listen to, read about, and play jazz music. Unsurprisingly, jazz is well-represented in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division at the Library of Congress, from commercial recordings to film and more. …

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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 4-6, 2019)

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 4 (7:30 p.m.) Pre-Code Double Feature Finishing School (RKO, 1934) The scandalous goings-on in an upper-crust private school for young women is the setting for this pre-Code school girl dramedy, co-directed (with George Nichols Jr.) by screenwriter Wanda Tuchock (Hallelujah!, …

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Batter Up! Baseball in the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Collections

Posted by: Amanda Jenkins

Baseball season is upon us, even if many parts of the country are still in the throes of winter! With the Nationals’ home opener against the Mets this afternoon, here are some baseball-related items in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division to whet your appetite and gear up for Major League Baseball’s 2019 …

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LIBRARY ADDS 25 NEW TITLES TO NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY!

Posted by: Cary O’Dell

This morning, the Library of Congress announced the newest 25 additions to its National Recorded Sound Registry.  Marking its 17th year this year, the National Recording Registry which honors all types of recorded sound–from music to spoken word to radio broadcasts—as long as the recordings have been historically, culturally or aesthetically significant. The latest 25 takes the …