New from the Library of Congress, National Jukebox
posted by fings
on May 10, 2011 -
"A Series of Statistical Charts
, Illustrating The Condition
of the Descendants of Former African Slaves Now Resident
In the United States of America." (HQ Library of Congress links.
W.E.B. DuBois : "I wanted to set down its aim and method in some outstanding way which would bring my work to the notice of the thinking world. The great World's Fair at Paris was being planned and I thought I might put my findings into plans, charts and figures, so one might see what we were trying to accomplish." [more inside]
posted by stratastar
on Feb 25, 2011 -
Vintage photos of women in sport.
"At the turn of the last century women in the western world were finding a voice, both collectively and individually. As the Victorian era lapsed in to memory and the Edwardian Era commenced many women chose to pursue sports." [more inside]
posted by gman
on Nov 18, 2010 -
America at Work, America at Leisure
- "Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures." [Library of Congress Youtube playlist]
posted by peacay
on May 20, 2010 -
Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project
The Library of Congress invites you to submit digital audio or video recordings of speeches made between January 16 and january 25, 2009 on the occasion of Barack Obama's inauguration. The speeches will be archived in a collection for future scholarship, much like the Day of Infamy
and other collections capturing signifcant American moments.
posted by Miko
on Dec 24, 2008 -
Webcasts from the Library of Congress.
Hundreds of recent public programs from the Library of Congress, from Indian Religious Freedom, to Litigate or Legislate?
to End of European Colonial Empires
, to Robert E. Lee
, to 1507 Waldseemuller World Map
. Other topics include Performing Arts, Education, Government, World Affairs, Literature, Religion and Science. [more inside]
posted by LarryC
on Feb 22, 2008 -
The latest additions to the National Recording Registry
of the Library of Congress have just been announced
. This year's additions of "culturally, historically or aesthetically important" works include "Swanee'" by Al Jolson, Edward R. Murrow's radio reports from London during WWII, and "Fear of a Black Planet" by Public Enemy. View the full registry here
, selection criteria and nomination information here
posted by me3dia
on Apr 6, 2005 -
Travels in America.
Another amazing resource from the Library of Congress, this contains "253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920... The narratives in American Notes range from the unjustly neglected to the justly famous, and from classics of the genre to undiscovered gems." Go to "Search by keyword," put the name of a city into "Search Full Text," and enjoy. (The quote in the post title is about Santa Barbara, from First impressions in America
by John Ayscough [pronounced "ascue"].) Via MeFi's own plep
posted by languagehat
on Oct 14, 2003 -
Library of Congress celebrates its 202nd birthday
. Today, the Library of Congress celebrates its 202nd birthday. On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of "such books as may be necessary for the use of congress."
The books, the first purchased for the Library of Congress, were ordered from London and arrived in 1801. The collection of 740 volumes and three maps was stored in the U.S. Capitol, the Library's first home. President Thomas Jefferson approved the first legislation defining the role and functions of the new institution on January 26, 1802.
Check out, Jefferson's Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress
and a Concordance of Images
posted by Blake
on Apr 24, 2003 -
is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections. [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit
on Jul 20, 2002 -