What’s new online at the Library of Congress – January 2023

Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal shares semi-regular updates of new additions to publicly available digital collections and we love showing off all the hard work of our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently and some of our favorite highlights. Click here for previous updates.


 

What’s new on loc.gov?

 

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

58 new recordings were added to the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The newly released recordings span three decades, from the 1960s-1980s, and feature writers reading, giving talks, and participating in panels at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus. Read even more about this release in a recent post from the Library’s blog From the Catbird Seat.

Copy of the first slide of the representative image carousel for Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature on loc.gov. 5 black and white headshots of authors in the archive: Audre Lorde, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Kurt Vonnegut, and Denise Levertov.

Click through to view the full Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature online at the Library of Congress.

 

New datasets

Two new datasets were added to the Selected Datasets collection since our last edition! They are LandScan GIS datasets with population densities for both Ukraine and Russia.

 

New Open Access eBooks

Over 100 new open access (OA) titles are now available on loc.gov. Some highlights include collections of original poetry, such as She Took Off Her Wings and Shoes: Poems and The Beautiful Lesson of the I: Poems. This month’s releases also feature books about folklore and oral traditions, including When Our Words Return: Writing, Hearing, and Remembering Oral Traditions of Alaska and the Yukon, Folklore in Utah: A History and Guide to Resources, and Native American Oral Traditions: Collaboration and Interpretation (see covers below).

 

New materials in Chronicling America

Digitization of German newspapers published in Washington, D.C., 1859–1963 is now complete and materials are now available in Chronicling America. This family of titles began with the Washingtoner Intelligenzblatt and continued through the Washington Journal, supporting Washington’s German-speaking population, the city’s largest ethnic population in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This project added more than 7,600 issues and 44,400+ pages of newspapers from Library holdings to the Chronicling America online collection.

A page from the 30 June 1860 edition of the German-language newspaper, Washingtoner Intelligenzblatt, now available in Chronicling America

A page from the 30 June 1860 edition of the German-language newspaper, Washingtoner Intelligenzblatt, now available in Chronicling America. View the whole page, and the rest of the newspaper, at this link

 


Leave us any questions or comments below and keep an eye out for our next edition at the end of March 2023!

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