The papers of Union soldier Samuel J. Gibson (1833-1878) consist of a diary kept by Gibson in 1864 while serving with Company B, 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, and a letter to his wife while held as a prisoner at Camp Sumter in Georgia, the Confederate prisoner of war camp commonly known as Andersonville Prison. The diary documents the capture of the Federal garrison at Plymouth, North Carolina, in April 1864, and Gibsonâ€™s experiences as a prisoner of war at Andersonville, Georgia, and Florence, South Carolina. Gibson records war news and rumors received by the prisoners, the state of his physical and emotional health, the deaths of fellow prisoners, and the importance of his diary in maintaining a sense of time.ClickÂ here for more information.
The seven volumes of diaries and notebooks, 1793-1861, of Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton (ca.1775-1865) document her position at the center of a Washington, D.C., social circle that included George and Martha Washington, James and Dolley Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Margaret Bayard Smith and the cabinet members, congressmen and diplomats who constituted the city's entwined social and political worlds. Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton's papers consist of diaries and commonplace books, 1793-1861, which she began when she was 18 and ended at 86, a period of 68 years. These volumes document the operation of her household, including the management of slaves; travel, including visits to the Virginia homes of George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James and Dolley Madison; the construction of Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Capitol; the city under attack during the War of 1812; visits of the Count de Volney, 1796, and Alexander von Humboldt, 1804; an attempt on her life by Arthur, a slave, in 1835; the 1844 shipboard explosion that killed Secretary of State Abel Upshur and Treasury Secretary Thomas Gilmer; the inauguration of president James K. Polk in 1845; and the start of the Civil War.ClickÂ here for more information.
A preview of the Library of Congress' comprehensive exhibition set to open in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., on April 4. Featuring the Library's unparalleled collections related to the conflict, "Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I" examines the upheaval of world war as Americans confronted itâ€”both at home and abroad.Â ClickÂ here for more information.
World War I Primary Source set for classroom use. Includes Teacher's guide. Also available in Student Discovery Set format for iPad via Apple iBooks.ClickÂ here for more information.
Annual update with 2016 additions to Recording Registry. Includes audio montage.ClickÂ here for more information.
The Nation's Forum recordings were made between 1918 and 1920 in an effort to preserve the voices of prominent Americans; in most cases, they are the only surviving recordings of a speaker. The project originated with St. Louis attorney Guy Golterman (1879-1967), an active supporter of the opera and other performing arts. With the endorsement of the Department of State's Committee on Public Information -- a governmental propaganda ministry -- the Nation's Forum sought speakers, and the Columbia Graphophone Company pressed and distributed the recordings under the Nation's Forum label.ClickÂ here for more information.
The Library of Congress has established a channel on the Medium online publishing platform.ClickÂ here for more information.
The papers of Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), educator, U.S. representative from New York, vice president, and thirteenth president of the United States, contain approximately thirty-five items spanning the years 1839-1925, with the bulk dating from 1839 to 1870. The collection includes correspondence relating primarily to political issues such as slavery, Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act, John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and congressional politics. Individuals mentioned in the correspondence include Thomas Hart Benton, John C. Calhoun, and William Henry Harrison. Fillmore's correspondents include Philip Ricard Fendall, Solomon G. Haven, and Humphrey Marshall.ClickÂ here for more information.
The South-Central Georgia Folklife Project collection was an ethnographic field project conducted in the summer of 1977 by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the Arts Experiment Station of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. The eight-county area chosen for the study is in the center of the "Wiregrass" region of Georgia. The collection consists of approximately 376 sound recordings, 14,300 photographs, 13 containers of manuscripts, 8 videocassettes, and 31 pen-and-ink drawings that document the folklife of south-central Georgia from July-August 1977. Topics of research were hymn singing, vernacular architecture, occupations, foodways, jokes, and stories from the region. Approximately 300 hours of audio and various local events were recorded.ClickÂ here for more information.
Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I examines the upheaval of world war as Americans confronted itâ€” both at home and abroad. The exhibition considers the debates and struggles that surrounded U.S. engagement; explores U.S. military and home front mobilization and the immensity of industrialized warfare; and touches on the warâ€™s effects, as an international peace settlement was negotiated, national borders were redrawn, and soldiers returned to reintegrate into American society.
50 new items and biographies, added for National Poetry Month. Read Anne Holmesâ€™ blog post about this collection.Click here to visit the collection.
The renowned Eastern Orthodox Monastery of St. Catherineâ€™s on Mt. Sinai was constructed by the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I, in the late sixth century AD over the relics of the martyred saint and the place of the biblical burning bush as identified by St. Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor, Constantine. It is home to reputedly the oldest continuously run library in existence today. Its holdings of religious and secular manuscripts are legendary and allegedly second only in number to the collection held by the Vatican: from bibles, to patristic works, to liturgies and prayers books, and on to legal documents such as deeds, court cases, Fatwahs (legal opinions). The greater proportion of the manuscripts were copied in Greek, and then in Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, and Ethiopic, as well as Old Church Slavonic.In 1949, Kenneth W. Clark, led an expedition to the Middle East under the Auspices of the Library of Congress and its partners, to microfilm old manuscripts in various libraries of the Middle East, the largest and most isolated of which was that at St. Catherineâ€™s. His group evaluated the 3,300 manuscripts held there and chose 1,687 for filming. Finally, the group also prepared under his direction a Checklist of Manuscripts in St. Catherineâ€™s Monastery, Mount Sinai Microfilmed for the Library of Congress (1950), which gave researchers access to both the manuscripts microfilms and the black and white transparencies.Since its appearance, this set has been so widely consulted by scholars around the globe that the Library has now digitized the microfilms to facilitate their use by scholars worldwide. At the same time the descriptions of the manuscripts as found in the Checklist have also been edited and updated.ClickÂ here for more information.
This exhibition showcases the Libraryâ€™s extensive collections of original art by talented artists hired by both newspapers and television to capture the personal dynamics of legal trials.ClickÂ here for more information.
May is both Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress and other federal agencies join in paying tribute to the Asian and Pacific Americans and the Jewish Americans who have enriched America's history and are instrumental to its future success.ClickÂ here for more information on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.ClickÂ here for more information on Jewish American Heritage Month.
The papers of Margaret Bayard Smith (1778-1844), author and leader in Washington, D.C., social and political circles during the first decades of the nineteenth century, span the years 1789-1874. Topics covered include Washington, D.C., social life, presidential elections, the British occupation of Washington in 1814, and visits to the Virginia homes of Thomas Jefferson and James and Dolley Madison.ClickÂ here for more information.
Produced by the Japanese-Americans interned at assembly centers and relocation centers around the country during World War II, these newspapers provide a unique look into the daily lives of the people who were held in these camps. They include articles written in English and Japanese, typed, handwritten and drawn. They advertise community events, provide logistical information about the camps and relocation, report on news from the community, and include editorials. Included in this collection are 4600+ issues of 29 newspaper titles (in English, Japanese, or both) from camps in seven states.ClickÂ here for more information.Or readÂ this blog post about the collection.
The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.Click here for more information.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched a web exhibit that complements the Library of Congressâ€™s major exhibition â€śEchoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.â€ťÂ The three-part web companion, â€śExperiencing War,â€ť will help tell the larger story of the war from the perspective of those who served in it.Â ClickÂ here for more information.
The Library of Congress has announced two new born-digital collections are now available on loc.gov â€“ the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.Click here for more information.
In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland â€“ more than 5.5 million of them â€“ signed a unique birthday card, The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship. Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages â€“ many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by photographs â€“ are digitized and accessible on the Library of Congress website.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced it has put online the first installment of a major oral history project documenting the diverse culture of contemporary workers around the United States. The Occupational Folklife Project, a multi-year initiative of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, launches today online with a collection of interviews from the Port of Houston.ClickÂ here for more information.
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Alexander Hamilton online for the first time in their original format.Click here for more information.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched â€śA World Overturned,â€ť the final chapter in a three-part, online website series titled â€śExperiencing War,â€ť dedicated to U.S. veterans of the First World War. â€śA World Overturnedâ€ť highlights eight digitized veteransâ€™ stories about how World War I forever changed their lives, shared through original photographs, letters, diaries, memoirs and other materials.Click here for more information.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congressâ€™ Hispanic Division recently unveiled a redesigned website for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) that enhances user experience with handheld devices, visually appealing graphics and responsive features.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has put the papers of Ulysses S. Grant online for the first time in their original format. The Library holds a treasure trove of documents from the Civil War commander and 18th president of the United States, including personal correspondence, â€śheadquarters recordsâ€ť created during the Civil War and the original handwritten manuscript of Grantâ€™s memoirâ€” regarded as one of the best in historyâ€”among other items. The collection totals approximately 50,000 items dating from 1819-1974, with the bulk falling in the period 1843-1885.Click here for more information..