Beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the Library of Congress will reopen four reading rooms to allow research access for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only.
This represents the first step in the Library's plan to gradually resume on-site public services and access, while incorporating proven health and safety policies and procedures. The Library expects to resume additional reading room services as conditions allow, followed by a return of limited, ticketed public access to Library buildings this summer.
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Remembering the Fallen: Memorial Day
This Memorial Day, we commemorate those who have died in service with these looks into our collections:
Remembering the Fallen in Photographs
Walt Whitman at Memorial Day
Civil War Nurse Clara Barton: A Memorial Day Story
The Tulsa Race Massacre: 100th Years After
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, in which a white mob invaded and burned to ashes the thriving African American district withinin Tulsa, Oklahoma, known as Greenwood, so prosperous at the time to have been called "the Black Wall Street."
It was, then and now, among the bloodiest outbreaks of racist violence in U.S. history. The official tally of the dead has varied from 36 to nearly 300. White fatalities are documented at 13. Some 35 square blocks of Black-owned homes, businesses, and churches were torched; thousands of Black Tulsans were left homeless – and yet no local, state or federal agency ever pursued prosecutions. The event was so quickly dismissed by local officials that today, a century later, several local organizations are still investigating reports of mass graves.
The Library has assembled these resources to help you conduct your own research about the Tulsa Race Massacre with Library collections:
Racial Massacres and the Red Summer of 1919
Tulsa Race Massacre: Topics in Chronicling America
Also, several Library of Congress blogs guide you through different aspects of this staggering tragedy:
How to Research the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
Tulsa Race Massacre: Newspaper Complicity and Coverage
For Teachers: Exploring the Impact of the Tulsa Race Massacre
The Tulsa Race Massacre: Relief and the Role of the American Red Cross
Also, follow #Tulsa100 on the social media channels of the Library and the museums of the Smithsonian Institution through June 1, the National Day of Remembrance, to learn more.
May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. Visit this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events: asianpacificheritage.gov
Celebrating Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Blog Posts from Around the Library
Chinese Americans and the Gold Rush
King David Kālakaua: Royal Folklorist
Teaching the Japanese Tea Ceremony: Mine Somi Kubose
Native Hawaiian Law
Recognizing the Service of Asian Pacific American Veterans
Homegrown Plus Concert: Ann Yao
Tragedy and Transformation: Looking at San Francisco's Chinatown with Primary Sources
Video: Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes
DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee discussed his work in celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. He appeared in conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang ("Generations Forged") and writers Sarah Kuhn ("Shadow of the Batgirl") and Minh Lê ("Green Lantern: Legacy"). This event was moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang ("Superman Smashes the Klan").
Watch it now: loc.gov/item/webcast-9784/
Hawaiian Imprint Collection: A Resource Guide
The Rare Book and Special Collections Division holds an important collection of early Hawaiian imprints, dating from 1822 when printing first started in the Islands to about 1860. The 275 books and pamphlets forming the Hawaiian Imprint Collection consist largely of nineteenth-century school books, religious texts, and government documents and include some of the earliest works printed in Oahu and Maui. Many of these items are only known to exist in only a few copies in research Libraries around the world, often with no other copy in the Continental United States.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. Visit this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events: jewishheritagemonth.gov
Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month: Blog Posts from Around the Library
American Yiddish Radio
Roman Totenberg: A Symphony of a Life
Exploring Buildings by Louis I. Kahn in the Historic American Buildings Survey
Francis Salvador, the First Jewish Member of a Legislative Assembly in American History
Imagining the U.S. Immigrant Musical Theater
Simon Sobeloff and Jewish Baltimore
Public Service Recognition Week
The Library celebrated its employees and the hard work and dedication of the Federal workforce during Public Service Recognition Week, May 2-8, 2021.
More than 3,200 people work at the Library of Congress, and our staff includes world-class experts and scholars in a vast number of fields — U.S. and world history, literature, book-binding, films, folklore, maps, manuscripts, printing, photography, maps — and the art and science of keeping all of those available to the public while also preserving them for centuries to come. Sure, we have great librarians, but also chemists, film preservationists, and, in the case of the papers of Alexander Hamilton, scientists who used hyperspectral imaging to uncover long-hidden lines of text.
Watch each short video in a series of Library staff talking about their work.
Literary Series Programs for June 2021
The Library of Congress continues its series of online literary events. All programs will be virtual and premiere on the Library's Facebook page and its YouTube site (with captions).
Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m.: Made at the Library with Paul Hendrickson. Author of “Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright,” Hendrickson discusses how his book was “made” through his use of the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress. According to Hendrickson, Wright was plagued by fire both literally and metaphorically throughout his life.
Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m.: Behind the Book: Great American Translators with Nobel Prize in Literature recipient Mario Vargas Llosa and his longtime Spanish-to-English translator, Edith Grossman. Throughout her celebrated career, Grossman has also translated works of other writers such as Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Mayra Montero and Miguel de Cervantes.
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