News from the Library of Congress

January 2018

  • January 20, 2018  (18-A02)
    Federal Government Shutdown Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government that began at 12:01 a.m., January 20, all Library of Congress buildings are now closed and all public events are canceled until further notice.Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be updated. Copyright.gov and...
    • Date: 2018-01-20
  • January 17, 2018  (18-A01)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, January 20, all Library of Congress buildings will be closed to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2018-01-17
  • January 17, 2018  (18-006)
    Semiannual Main Reading Room Open House Postponed; Restricted Access over Presidents Day Weekend Due to essential building and systems maintenance, the James Madison Memorial Building, the John Adams Building, all Library of Congress reading rooms and the Library Shop will be closed to the public and researchers on Saturday, Feb. 17.The Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the Main Reading Room and also features the incomparable Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions, will remain open to...
    • Date: 2018-01-17
  • January 16, 2018  (18-004)
    Columbia Pictures Classics and The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band at Packard In February, the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater continues its tribute to Columbia Pictures’ centennial year with features released in the 1960s through the1990s. The lineup includes four National Film Registry titles: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Last Picture Show” and “Lawrence of Arabia.” The eight Columbia Pictures to be featured won a combined 19 Academy...
    • Date: 2018-01-16
  • January 5, 2018  (18-002)
    New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden calls the Library “a place where you can touch history and imagine your future,” and the story...
    • Date: 2018-01-05
  • January 4, 2018  (18-001)
    Jacqueline Woodson Named Sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young...
    • Date: 2018-01-04
  • January 3, 2018  (17-187)
    Library Acquires Archive of Humorist, Political Commentator Art Buchwald The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide. Buchwald was often considered “the Wit of Washington.”The archive of approximately 100,000 items includes his columns, plays,...
    • Date: 2018-01-03

December 2017

  • December 20, 2017  (17-A09)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 23, all Library of Congress buildings will be closed to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2017-12-20
  • December 20, 2017  (17-185)
    Historical Versions of the United States Code Now Online More than 60 years of U.S. laws are now published online and accessible for free for the first time after being acquired by the Library of Congress. The Library has made available the main editions and supplements of the United States Code from 1925 through the 1988 edition.The U.S. Code is a compilation of federal laws arranged by subject by the Office of the...
    • Date: 2017-12-20
  • December 19, 2017  (17-182)
    Distinguished Panel of Judges for Congressional Data Challenge Announced The Library of Congress today announced the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. The four-person panel, composed of experts in data visualization, application development, the U.S....
    • Date: 2017-12-19
  • December 18, 2017  (17-181)
    National Ambassador for Young People's Literature to Be Inaugurated The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will inaugurate the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Ambassador Emeritus Gene Luen Yang will participate in the ceremony and deliver comments on his ambassadorship. Tickets are...
    • Date: 2017-12-18
  • December 14, 2017  (17-184)
    Library Seeks Applicants for Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2018 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.From exploring new ways to support digital scholars, developing new preservation techniques and curating historical materials to making veterans histories more accessible, the 2018 Junior Fellows...
    • Date: 2017-12-14
  • December 13, 2017  (17-178)
    2017 National Film Registry Is More Than a 'Field of Dreams' Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of...
    • Date: 2017-12-13
  • December 12, 2017  (17-180)
    Classic Columbia Pictures Featured at the Packard Campus Theater The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will pay tribute to Columbia Pictures’ centennial year with screenings of features dating from the studio’s first picture release, “Submarine,” directed by Frank Capra, to the British Cold War spy spoof “Our Man in Havana” (1959) the starring Alec Guinness. Also, the January lineup dedicates the final week of screenings to famed director Capra, with “It Happened...
    • Date: 2017-12-12
  • December 12, 2017  (17-179)
    Select National Film Registry Titles Now Available Free Online The Library of Congress is offering film lovers a special gift during the holiday season. Sixty-four motion pictures, named to the Library’s National Film Registry, are now available online on the Library's website. The collection, "Selections from the National Film Registry," is also available to the public on YouTube.These films are among hundreds of titles that have been tapped for preservation because of their...
    • Date: 2017-12-12
  • December 11, 2017  (17-183)
    Symposium to Explore Scientific Illustration from Renaissance to Digital Age A symposium March 15-16 will examine how creative illustrations have extended human understanding of science. The Library of Congress will bring together historians specializing in the scientific illustrations of the Renaissance with contemporary scientists, technologists and artists to explore the longstanding relationship between science and illustration.The symposium, “Imagining the Extraordinary: Scientific Illustration from the Renaissance to the Digital Age,” will feature experts from NASA,...
    • Date: 2017-12-11
  • December 8, 2017  (17-176)
    Spend the Chilly Months Inside the Library of Congress This winter season, the Library will host a multitude of free programming that highlight musical genius, showcase film, open the doors of the Main Reading Room and introduces patrons to a world of knowledge and recent findings with lectures, symposiums and book talks. Winter is the perfect time for music enthusiasts to reserve their tickets for the spring “Concerts from the Library of Congress”...
    • Date: 2017-12-08
  • December 7, 2017  (17-A08)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Saturday, December 9, all Library of Congress buildings will be closed to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be updated. Copyright.gov...
    • Date: 2017-12-07

November 2017

  • November 30, 2017  (17-177)
    Librarian of Congress Presents Holiday Story Time The Library of Congress will host a special edition of the Young Readers Center weekly story time with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building, on Friday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.Hayden, who started her career as a children’s librarian, will read a selection from the beloved Paddington Bear series. Families with children of all ages are...
    • Date: 2017-11-30
  • November 29, 2017  (17-173)
    Kluge Fellow To Present Cutting-Edge Research on Social Media and Politics Kluge Fellow Todd L. Belt will share his findings on the impact of social media on attitudes, behaviors and voter choices in an afternoon lecture at the Library of Congress titled, “How Effective is Social Media, Really?”The lecture will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, located at 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C. The event...
    • Date: 2017-11-29
  • November 21, 2017  (17-155)
    Library of Congress Acquires Extremely Rare Mesoamerican Codex The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century. After being in private collections for more than 100 years, the codex has been digitally preserved and made available online for the first time to the general public at loc.gov/resource/g4701g.ct009133/.The codex, also known as the Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, represents one of the...
    • Date: 2017-11-21
  • November 17, 2017  (17-157)
    Library of Congress Launches Three New Educational Apps The Library of Congress, in collaboration with various educational organizations, today announced the launch of three web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation for use in K-12 classrooms.From stepping behind the camera with photographers who fought against child labor to building a timeline that traces African Americans’ journey towards freedom, students are able to do all these things and more using...
    • Date: 2017-11-17
  • November 15, 2017  (17-172)
    Tony Bennett Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated performer Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, Nov. 15. The diverse group of performers will pay homage to Bennett’s extraordinary gift as an interpreter of America’s songbook—showcasing some his most memorable songs—at...
    • Date: 2017-11-15
  • November 13, 2017  (17-170)
    Double Features, Musicals and Hollywood Stars on Screen at Packard Campus Theater During double feature December, the Library’s Packard Campus will showcase pairs of films from the 1930s that feature great directors, Western cinematography, leading ladies and iconic romances. Titles include King Vidor’s New York City drama “Street Scene” paired with William A. Wellman’s rarely seen “Stingaree” and “Love Affair,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer, paired with Cary Grant in the British romantic comedy “Romance...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • November 13, 2017  (17-169)
    Library to Host Symposium on Early Research of Papers of King George III Scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, in the Georgian Papers at England’s Windsor Castle will reveal their early findings in a symposium Friday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress.The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure tickets, visit...
    • Date: 2017-11-13
  • November 8, 2017  (17-A07)
    Hours of Operation, Nov. 10-11 On Friday, November 10th, the Jefferson Building Great Hall and exhibitions at the Library of Congress will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. All reading rooms and the Madison and Adams Buildings will be closed to the public for the federal holiday.On Saturday, November 11, the Great Hall, exhibitions and the Library...
    • Date: 2017-11-08
  • November 8, 2017  (17-168)
    Papers of Abraham Lincoln Now Online in Full Color Abraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress.The Library holds a collection of more than 40,000 Lincoln documents dating from 1774 through Lincoln’s presidency and beyond, including materials from his campaigns, Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses and...
    • Date: 2017-11-08
  • November 7, 2017  (17-149)
    Veterans History Project Launches Web Feature Recognizing Medal of Honor Recipients The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched its latest “Experiencing War” website feature, titled “Stories Above and Beyond: The Medal of Honor,” which offers access to nearly 150 digitized collections of Medal of Honor recipients. The veterans’ service spans World War II to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each collection uniquely illustrates the evident courage and intrepidity of these...
    • Date: 2017-11-07
  • November 6, 2017  (17-139)
    New Chief for the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Division Announced Kimberley Bugg, a librarian dedicated to the users of research services, has been named chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Division at the Library of Congress. Bugg has experience managing and coordinating all aspects of reference work at several academic libraries, including the Robert W. Woodruff Library (2006-2010), Villanova University (2011-2014) and the College of Technology—City University of New York (2014-2017). Bugg’s...
    • Date: 2017-11-06
  • November 3, 2017  (17-167)
    Library and WGBH Acquire Historic TV Coverage of Senate Watergate Hearings The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH announced today that gavel-to-gavel television coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973, donated to the Library by WETA Washington, D.C., has been digitally preserved and made available online. Produced by the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT), the hearings were taped during the day and rebroadcast every evening on public television for 51...
    • Date: 2017-11-03
  • November 3, 2017  (17-166)
    Library Acquires Archives of Iconic Talk Show Host Dick Cavett With a career spanning more than 50 years, legendary TV personality Dick Cavett is recognized as one of the most cultured and savvy talk-show hosts in the history of television. The Library of Congress announced today that Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. The collection totals nearly 2,000 hours of...
    • Date: 2017-11-03
  • November 1, 2017  (17-163)
    Library Symposium on Geographic Information Systems The Library of Congress will celebrate GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day on Nov. 14 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology in the federal government and academia.The discussions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.,...
    • Date: 2017-11-01

October 2017

  • October 31, 2017  (17-164)
    Families Are Invited to Spend the Holidays with the Library The Library of Congress wants to be included in everyone’s family holiday plans. Over the next few weeks, the Library will be hosting events suitable for learners of all ages.The holiday events are the latest in expanded programming at the Library. Since being sworn in last September, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has opened the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office to visitors, expanded hours at the...
    • Date: 2017-10-31
  • October 30, 2017  (17-162)
    Kluge Center Lectures to Explore Early Mapping in China, Persia The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in November will host lectures and public dialogues on the topic of mapping in ancient Chinese and Persian cultures.Dr. Xin Conan-Wu, an associate professor of art and art history at the College of William and Mary will deliver a lecture entitled “Mapping the Landscape: Vision, Memory and Place-Making” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 4...
    • Date: 2017-10-30
  • October 27, 2017  (17-165)
    Library to Open "Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists" Original works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.In fields traditionally dominated by men, many women have long earned their...
    • Date: 2017-10-27
  • October 27, 2017  (17-161)
    Library Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation The Library of Congress will host two lectures and a display marking the quincentennial of the Reformation. Oct. 31, 2017, marks the 500th year since Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany – the start of the Reformation movement. In the run-up to this year’s observation of the anniversary, a consortium of German and American partners collaborated to...
    • Date: 2017-10-27
  • October 24, 2017  (17-A06)
    Jefferson Building to Close Early Nov. 1 On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Great Hall, all exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will close to the public at 3 p.m. for a special event.Additionally, the West Main doors and the Capitol Visitors Center tunnel will be closed to the general public and researchers.Researchers with Library issued credentials may access the Jefferson Building reading...
    • Date: 2017-10-24
  • October 24, 2017  (17-144)
    Library of Congress Kicks Off Writing Competition for Young Readers The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested in learning more about the program and how to use it in a classroom on October 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. The program invites readers in grades four through 12 to share letters they...
    • Date: 2017-10-24
  • October 23, 2017  (17-156)
    Swann Foundation Announces Award Fellowships for 2017-2018 The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is awarding fellowships to four applicants for the academic year 2017-2018. Recipients are affiliated with Fordham, Boston and Cornell universities and The Graduate Center at New York University.Olivia Badoi, a doctoral candidate in English at Fordham University, is investigating the relationships among the genres of the woodcut novel,...
    • Date: 2017-10-23
  • October 23, 2017  (17-145)
    New Book Highlights Architecture of U.S. Libraries Technology continues to reshape our ideas about what a library can be, yet library architecture is still framed around the physical dimensions of books and the furniture and spaces designed to store and display them. “American Libraries 1730–1950”—a new book by Kenneth Breisch, published by W.W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress—celebrates the history of library architecture in America, from...
    • Date: 2017-10-23
  • October 19, 2017  (17-158)
    Library Highlights Horrors of "The Blair Witch Project" The Library of Congress today announced that the creators of “The Blair Witch Project,” a 1999 horror film known as one of the most successful independent movies ever made, will host a panel discussion during the Library’s Halloween festivities.The panel discussion, “Creating Modern Ghost Stories: The Blair Witch Project,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, in the Coolidge Auditorium of...
    • Date: 2017-10-19
  • October 19, 2017  (17-132)
    Library of Congress Launches Congressional Data Challenge The Library of Congress today launched a Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. Submissions could take the form of interactive visualizations, mobile or desktop applications, a website or other digital creations.The Library of Congress will award $5,000 for the...
    • Date: 2017-10-19
  • October 18, 2017  (17-153)
    Veterans History Project Celebrates Veterans Day at the Library The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) will celebrate Veterans Day, between Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, with live book talks and a variety of performances, guided tours, workshops and other activities. The series of events, titled “Coming Home: Veterans Day at the Library of Congress,” will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library. From a letter-writing event for active-duty...
    • Date: 2017-10-18
  • October 18, 2017  (17-147)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Jérôme Combier and Argento New Music Project, Georg Friedrich Haas and Third Coast Percussion, Yotam...
    • Date: 2017-10-18
  • October 17, 2017  (17-154)
    Veterans History Project Panel Discussion on Oral History Interviews The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host a panel discussion, titled “On the Other Side of the Mic: Perspective from the Interviewer,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The panel will feature experts who will discuss how oral interviews serve the objectives of the U.S. American Vietnam War Commemoration (the Commemoration)...
    • Date: 2017-10-17
  • October 17, 2017  (17-131)
    Library of Congress Announces Librarians-in-Residence Pilot Program The Library of Congress is launching a Librarians-in-Residence pilot program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. The application period is Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2017. The Library will select up to four applicants for a six-month residency beginning in June 2018. The program is open to students...
    • Date: 2017-10-17
  • October 16, 2017  (17-152)
    November Film and Event Series at Packard Campus Theater The Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting a night of music and conversation featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith as part of the ongoing “Marty Stuart Sessions” concert series at the Packard Campus Theater. Smith will be joined by her husband of 20 years, Marty Stuart, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are required for this free...
    • Date: 2017-10-16
  • October 16, 2017  (17-150)
    Librarian to Host Conversation with Filmmaker Christopher Nolan In its ongoing mission to preserve and celebrate America’s film heritage, the Library of Congress will host celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan for a special conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the evening of Thursday, November 2.“As a member of our National Film Preservation Board, Christopher Nolan is a strong advocate for the preservation of this important part of our cultural history,” said...
    • Date: 2017-10-16
  • October 13, 2017  (17-151)
    All Things Tactile: Maps, Graphics, Objects and Tours The Library of Congress is using technology and ingenuity to make collections accessible to visitors, researchers and tourists who are blind. A panel of speakers will present on a variety of Library programs and best practices in 3D imaging and curation for the visually impaired. The “All Things Tactile” panel discussion will be held Monday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. in room 119 of...
    • Date: 2017-10-13
  • October 12, 2017  (17-142)
    Library and WGBH Celebrate 50 Years of Preserving Public TV and Radio The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting Friday, Nov. 3, 2 –6 p.m. The symposium—“Preserving Public Broadcasting at 50 Years”—will be held in the Montpelier room on the sixth floor of the Library’s James Madison...
    • Date: 2017-10-12