While the Library of Congress might be best known for collections related to American history, many of its collections reflect global events, locations, and individuals. Here are a few starting paths for exploring the collections.
Sample this list of collections related to world history, many in languages other than English. In fact, the Library collects materials in 470 languages! A few highlights to pique your curiosity:
- The World Digital Library: “some of the world’s most important cultural objects…[and narrative descriptions] to contextualize the item and its cultural and historical importance;”
- Africana Historic Postcard Collection: “more than 7000 historical photographic postcards documenting an important visual record of Africa and its people during the historically intensive years of European colonialism, from 1895 to 1960;”
- The PALABRA archive: “audio recordings of prominent writers from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, the Caribbean, and other regions with Luso-Hispanic heritage populations reading from their works.”
Chronicling America, a partnership program providing access to select digitized newspapers, includes newspapers in many languages, searchable via a dropdown menu.
For even more possibilities, take advantage of subject matter expertise in blogs and research guides. Here are a few places to start:
- Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts on world history
- 4 Corners of the World – International Collections blog
- Selected posts about global law from the “In Custodia
- Research Guides, prepared by Library of Congress
reference librarians, including law-related resource guides
- Global Legal Monitor resources by region
- guides to law online from the nations of the world
For your reference and ease of sharing, download this handout of highlights of Library of Congress Global Resources: 2023. Please leave a comment to let our readers know what global resources you discover in the Library’s collections!
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