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There’s Always Hope!

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Manuscript Archivist, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. The finding aid for the papers in the Bob Hope Collection is now available to researchers, providing access to 770 linear feet of textual materials, and 91 feet of photographic materials. The finding aid is accessible online via […]

Your Holiday Soundtrack from the National Jukebox

Let the National Jukebox provide your soundtrack to the holiday season this year! The National Jukebox makes historical sound recordings available for streaming online, and contains classical, popular, ethnic, and spoken word recordings. This playlist features popular and classical holiday music from the likes of vaudeville singer and actress Elsie Baker, soprano Olive Kline, opera […]

Rarities! Mystery! The Marty Alexander Collection

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center. Marty Alexander, a chemist, collected rare 17th Century French furniture and art and also amassed one of the world’s most comprehensive and exotic collections of pre-WWII 78 rpm jazz recordings. After his death in 2009, the Library of Congress acquired the […]

How to Sell War – and Peace

This blog post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center. This post celebrates the Centennial of the signing of the Armistice and makes use of recordings in the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox and images found in the Library’s Recorded Sound Research Center. These mementos are a stirring reminder of the […]

Adventures in Research: A Radio Drama of Discovery

“Adventures in Research! This is Paul Shannon bringing you another transcribed story of science, produced as a public service, in cooperation with the Westinghouse Research Laboratories, and today telling you the story of…” So begins Adventures in Research, a radio show broadcast from 1942 to the mid-1950s that brought listeners into the world of researchers […]

An Evening of Sounds, Stories and Surprises with Jim Metzner

Award-winning broadcaster Jim Metzner—founder, producer, field recordist and host of “Pulse of the Planet”, one of radio’s longest running science programs, will be making a special appearance at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, October 10, at 7:00 pm, celebrating 30 years of “Pulse of the Planet,” as well as his many other radio creations. […]

At the Packard Campus Theater — October 2018

The Packard Campus Theater is highlighting contemporary women directors through the end of the year with a series of films from the 1970s to the present. Throughout the 1970s training and mentorship programs for women directors were established, including Women Make Movies (1972), the Women in Film Foundation (1973), the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women […]

Voices of the Great Migration

This is a guest post by Tenesha Hare and Jasmyne Post, 2018 summer interns with the Junior Fellows Program in the Library’s Recorded Sound Section. Tenesha is a senior at the University of South Carolina, Aiken, studying Political Science with a concentration in Government and Public Relations. Jasmyne is a sophomore at the University of Louisville, majoring […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 17; 19-20, 2018)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, May 17 (7:30 p.m.) The Dam Busters (Warner Bros., 1955) This British epic war film depicts the true story of the May 16, 1943 “Operation Chastise,” when the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked the Ruhr dams in Nazi Germany with British engineer Barnes […]