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VE Day – Take One

This blog post was written by Matt Barton, curator of the Recorded Sound Section. The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and other radio networks all covered the last hours of World War II in Europe in depth, and these recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress, where they are available for listening in the Recorded Sound […]

The Talking Machine Industry and the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

This blog post was written by David Sager, reference assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center.   102 years ago, the United States and the rest of the world were in the midst of a terrorizing Spanish influenza pandemic, referred to at the time as an epidemic. Industries were disrupted and injured, just as were […]

The Women Who Founded an Industry

With the end of Women’s History Month approaching, the Library’s Recorded Sound Section would be remiss if we failed to mention the remarkable accomplishments of Barbara (Cohen) Holdridge and Marianne (Roney) Mantell, founders of Caedmon Records.   These two Hunter College graduates with degrees in Greek wanted careers in publishing, but weren’t particularly excited about […]

Meet the Staff: New Teleworking Colleagues (aka Our Pets)

All of us at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center are teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re still getting a lot done. Copyright and gift collections are being processed and catalog records created or enhanced. We’re writing quality control reports and documenting Standard Operating Procedures. We’re doing research for film restoration projects and creating new […]

Newest Additions to the National Recording Registry Announced!

Today, the Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, announced the 25 newest inductees to the National Recording Registry.  The selections range is date from 1920 to 2008 and cover almost every genre known to recorded sound including jazz, pop, rock, spoken word, classical, rap, children’s recordings and even disco. Some of the luminaries on […]

Library of Congress Film Screenings –UPDATE

 The Library of Congress beginning today will be cancelling all film screenings until Thursday, May 14, 2020. Both the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper and the Pickford Theater on Capitol Hill will be subject to this temporary closure.  The Library of Congress is taking this action to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. During the […]

Film Night at the Pickford Theater – Thursday, March 19

Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison Building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery. Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. SIMON AND LAURA (Group […]