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National Film Registry: “All My Babies” (1953)

  Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) sets a theme for February’s Black History Month, and this year, they’ve chosen the impact and importance of Black Health and Wellness. According to their website, “this theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in […]

From the National Recording Registry: “Singin’ the Blues” (1927)

Ninety-five years ago today–February 4, 1927–Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke headed into the studio to lay down their classic “Singin’ the Blues.”  “Blues” was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2005.  In the essay below, the Library’s own David Sager recounts the making of a legendary recording. “Singin’ […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — February 2022

Here are some of the titles from the Library’s motion picture collection–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 NYC BOARDING HOUSE BLUES (1948) […]

Captain Hugh Mulzac and the SS Booker T. Washington

This 15-minute broadcast from January 2, 1943 comes from the Office of War Information (OWI) Collection at the Library of Congress, and reflects a unique and vital chapter of World War II. It features Captain Hugh Mulzac and members of the integrated crew of the “Liberty Ship,” he captained, the SS Booker T. Washington. Though […]

Remembering Sidney Poitier Through the National Film Registry

How do you write about Sidney Poitier and feel you that are doing him justice?  How do you recap a repertoire of some of the most important and beloved films of the last century, a career that spanned decades, and a legacy that broke barriers?  How do you thank someone who’s taken you from crayons […]

The Rolling Stones, Hell’s Angels, and Altamont: A New View

Here at the Library, we’re dedicated to the acquisition, description, preservation and accessibility of our film, video, and sound recording collections regardless of perceived “worth.” We really do want to make it all available for future generations ̶ so we don’t necessarily prioritize beloved classics over a refrigerator ad or the song “Fido is a […]

Film Loans from the Library of Congress — January 2022

Here’s a title from the Library’s motion picture collection–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. Museum of Modern Art – To Save and Project Festival, […]

Librarian of Congress adds 25 films to the National Film Registry

  Today, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection of 25 films into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.  Films are selected based on their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, and must be at least 10 years old. The 2021 National Film Registry represents one of the most diverse collections of films […]