Start off 2020 by exploring some of the new online collections from the Library of Congress. Here is a sampling of what’s new online.
Delve into the papers of Lincoln’s secretary and biographer John G. Nicolay. Included in this collection are documents related to his work as Lincoln’s private secretary during the Civil War and his work on Lincoln’s biography. The collection also includes correspondence between Nicolay and Robert Todd Lincoln and other military and governmental leaders from Lincoln’s administration.
For a contrast to the papers of Nicolay, examine the papers of Jubal Anderson Early. Early was a Confederate army officer who also served in the Virginia State Legislature. Early’s papers include materials from his time at the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as diaries and other correspondence from throughout his life. The collection documents his military activities including his participation in the battles of Bull Run (1st battle), Williamsburg, Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.
The latest addition to presidential papers collections available online from the Library are the papers of James Garfield. This collection includes Garfield’s diaries and correspondence; his college notebooks; information on his military service and his governmental career; materials documenting his condition after he was shot; and tributes given after his death.
As the United States celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Library has released the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). This collection documents the history of NAWSA as well as the work of other organizations involved in both the abolition and women’s rights movements.
As a complement to the NAWSA records, Library has also digitized the papers of Carrie Chapman Catt. Catt was president of NAWSA and also founded the International Women’s Suffrage Association. Her papers document her strategy to insure the passage of the 19th amendment and her work with other organizations toward this effort.
Both newcomers and longtime fans of the National Jukebox will be excited to visit the updated collection. Browse by genres, by artists, or by previous playlists. There is an updated version of Victrola Book of the Opera as well as essays on acoustical recording, phonograph advertising, and the uniquely designed Stroh violin.
We hope you will explore these new collections and let us know how you use them with your students.