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.

Multimedia Moment: Analyzing Film in the Classroom

Viewing a film in class is a commitment of time and technology. Teachers want students to be active viewers, but most are more familiar with passively viewing film and video. How can teachers present film in a way that students are more likely to analyze its content? What aspects of viewing film may be beneficial to consider before analysis?

Preserving Songs and Culture: Zora Neale Hurston and the Federal Writers’ Project

By the time Zora Neale Hurston went to work for the Florida Writers’ Project in 1939, she had already written her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), numerous short stories, and nine plays. (All nine plays, including one musical, are available online from the Library of Congress.) The Library’s “Sources and Strategies” article in the May/June 2015 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, discusses Hurston’s work during her time with the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) in Florida.

A Journey Back in Time: Analyzing Primary Sources to Paint a Picture of the Past

As a newly hired intern here at the Library of Congress, I have been asked quite frequently, “Where are you from?” but most people are puzzled when I respond “San Bernardino, California.” When I told my manager how the city seems desolate with empty and unused buildings due to recently filing for bankruptcy, we wondered what the city was like before. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to explore the primary sources available from the Library to discover what was going on in the city before it became what it is today