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What’s New Online? Explore Recently Digitized Collections from the Library of Congress

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Tired of the snow and cold? Take your mind off of the weather by exploring some of the new online collections from the Library of Congress. Here is a sampling of what’s new online.

Did you know that the Library of Congress holds the papers of 23 of the presidents of the United States? We do, and a sampling of the papers of all 23 are now available online. The timelines included with each collection will help students learn more about the lives of the presidents and the events that took place during their term of office. Encourage students to explore the correspondence of the presidents during important events in their terms.

Have you visited the Library’s Exploring the Early Americas exhibition online or in person? Then you have seen a portion of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas. This collection includes important archaeological artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, maps and graphic works of art that document the earliest history of the lands that would become known as the Americas. Included are works that document the indigenous peoples of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The Library of Congress is committed to preserving both paper and electronic versions of books. The Open Access Books Collection currently provides access to 1500 contemporary open access e-books. This collection supports the creators and publishers of these works who chose to publish them under open access licenses to allow for the broadest possible access and reuse.

Montgomery Meigs

Who was Montgomery Meigs? He was an army officer, engineer, architect and scientist who worked in the Army Corps of Engineers. He supervised a number of important construction projects in and around Washington, D.C. including the Washington Aqueduct, portions of the United States Capitol and the United States Pension building. His papers document his work on these and other projects as well as his work as a quartermaster during the Civil War.

Explore these collections with your students and let us know what cool things you find.

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