What’s New Online? Recent Additions to the Library of Congress Digital Collections

As the new school year approaches, we thought it might be helpful to highlight new collections that have been added to the Library of Congress digital collections. We hope you can use these collections to supplement your classroom activities.

Carrie Chapman Catt

The papers of Carrie Chapman Catt provide correspondence and other materials on two issues of special interest to her: women’s suffrage and world peace.

The papers of Anna E. Dickerson offer a glimpse into the life of a noted speaker, activist, and author who worked in support of the suffrage movement and advocated for full rights for African Americans. This collection includes correspondence with noted people including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.

Dispatches from the Associated Press Washington Bureau, 1915-1930, provide the text sent to media outlets about events of the day including the sinking of the Lusitania, the end of World War I, the stock market crash of 1929, and the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment.

The Library continues to digitize and make available collections of presidential papers, and the latest addition is the papers of James Garfield.

President James A. Garfield, 1880.

Want to learn more about the social and modern history of Tibet through the eyes of everyday Tibetans and officials from the traditional Tibetan government? The Tibetan Oral History and Archives Project includes 118 interviews with transcriptions in English.

The American Folklife Center’s Occupational Folklife Project includes interviews with people working in a variety of different careers including gold miners, circus performers, home health care workers, and those working with thoroughbred race horses. These interviews provide detailed personal perspectives and offer insights into a wide variety of careers, including some that your students might find surprising.

In addition to the new collections:

Let us know what you and your students discover in these new and updated collections!

What’s New Online? Recent Additions to the Library of Congress Digital Collections

One of Dr. Carla’s Hayden’s stated goals for her time as Librarian of Congress is to continue to expand access to our primary source collections, and the Library of Congress staff is working hard to achieve this goal. Here is the first post from the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog team highlighting some […]

Exploring America’s Cinematic Heritage through the National Film Registry

On December 16, Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced the addition of 25 films to the National Film Registry, showcasing the richness and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation. The films selected for the Registry are deemed to be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Encouraging Student Interest in the Economic Context of the Constitution with Continental Currency

In the September 2014 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article focused on the economic challenges facing the young United States at the time of the Constitutional Convention. We suggested that continental currency might ignite student interest in the subject.

Educator Webinar: Tapping the Power of Teaching with Visual Images

On Tuesday, September 23, at 7 PM ET, education experts from the Library will offer a webinar that will engage participants in a model photograph analysis activity, facilitate a discussion about the power of teaching with visual images, and demonstrate how to find visual images from the Library of Congress.

Throughout the year, the Library will be hosting educator webinars every other Tuesday at 7:00 ET focusing on a variety of instructional strategies for using primary sources in instruction. The 2014 schedule and information about joining the webinar is now available from loc.gov/teachers.