Library of Congress

The Crazy Unbuilt Architecture That Almost Transformed N.Y.C.

A new exhibition looks at dozens of buildings that never were.<p>In Flushing Meadows, Queens, there’s a scale model of the entire city of New York. It’s called “the Panorama,” and though it was built for the 1964 World’s Fair, it’s still a fascinating three-dimensional portrait of New York City that …

Architecture

Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Reality

If you walked into Charles Herzog’s classroom last spring, you’d have seen a peculiarly modern sight: middle schoolers all staring into …

Libraries

RESOURCE: Library of Congress Labs

Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced the launch of Labs (labs.loc.gov), a new online space “designed to empower exploration and …

Libraries

The Library of Congress Wants Your Help Identifying World War I-Era Political Cartoons

The U.S. government’s official library wants your help. And it involves cartoons.<p>The Library of Congress just debuted its new digital innovation lab, …

Culture

Make Your Own Hamilton Signature Shirt

Recently we told you about how the Library of Congress scanned 12,000 of Alexander Hamilton’s papers for you to read firsthand. I decided to use them …

Alexander Hamilton

Library of Congress Labs Goes Live, a “Place to Encourage Innovation with LC Digital Collections”

Say Hello and Welcome to LC Labs from the National Digital Initiatives Team at the Library of Congress.Direct to @LC_Labs of TwitterIn a Few Words …

Libraries

When the US Was Great

The other day I posted a photo I found when looking for images about the many bombings that took place in the US in 1968.The photo didn’t really have …

Grand Central Station

Today's Paper 09/19/2017

Front page September19, 2017<p>The project came together after Orioles player Adam Jones said fans shouted racial slurs at him at Fenway Park.<p>The …

House Judiciary Committee

Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries. Florida photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop stumbled upon an interesting piece of history after an early morning bike ride the day after the natural disaster touched down.<p>Emerging …

Extreme Sports

Harvard’s Amanda Gorman first youth poet to open Library of Congress literary season

Harvard University sophomore Amanda Gorman is the first youth poet to open the Library of Congress’s literary season, The Harvard Crimson reported.<p>On …

Boston

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

Like viewers using an old-fashioned stereoscope, historians look at the past from two slightly different angles—then and now. The past is its own …

History

Hutchins Center Honors

<b>Hutchins Center Honors presents the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal Ceremony - October 4, 2017</b><p><i>Medalists</i> <b><br>Donna Brazile</b>, Democratic Political Strategist <b><br>Ava</b> …

Black History

The Book the Librarian of Congress Wants Young Girls to Read

On Tuesday night, <i>TIME</i> Magazine hosted the TIME Firsts panel discussion which featured four women who are changing the world. The panel, which …

Anne Boleyn

How a shifting definition of 'white' helped shape U.S. immigration policy

Members of the U.S. Congress Joint Immigration Commission, which existed from 1907 to 1911 and studied the effects of immigration in the U.S., pose …

Racism

New Journal Article: “BIBFRAME Development”

The following article (15 pages; PDF) was recently published by the Italian Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science …

Libraries

Fictional staffer solves yet another DC murder in new novel

"Calamity at the Continental Club" by Colleen J. Shogan; Camel Press (272 pages, $15.95)<p>Fictional staffer Kit Marshall solved yet another murder …

Entertainment

Copyright Changes: It’s All Connected

<b>Posted:</b> September 13, 2017 | <b>Author:</b> Margaret Heller | <b>Filed under:</b> copyright, open access, Scholarly Communication | Leave a comment »<p>Libraries rely …

Fair Use

Carla Hayden Talks Making History As The First Woman And First African-American To Become Librarian Of Congress

We're proud to help celebrate Carla Hayden as part of the TIME Firsts series, highlighting phenomenal from multiple industries who broke barriers and …

Libraries

Five First Flights

When people say the Wright Brothers were first to fly, they're talking about a very particular set of circumstances. There are other contenders to …

Libraries

What We Lost on September 11th

By: Jeff Deist <br>The cliché is true: September 11, 2001, represents a defining American moment. Generation X and Millennials suddenly had their own day …

Conservative View

Before the po-boy came the poor man's bakery idea | NOLA.com

A contentious battle over the price of bread was waged in New Orleans in 1917. Bakers pleaded with consumers to accept an increase, and they ended …

New Orleans

An Anonymous Psych Patient Is Now Acclaimed as a Master Artist of the Immigrant Experience

This work by Martí​n Ramírez is known as “Untitled (Train and Tunnels).” Ramírez used crayons and glued together pieces of paper to make his …

Liberal View

Renowned Afghan librarian, longtime San Jose resident dies

SAN JOSE — Omar Seddiqui, the distinguished former head of the Afghanistan public library system who built a new life in San Jose after the Soviet …

San Jose

Hurricane Irma expected to hit U.S. 117 years after Texas' Great Storm

On Sept. 8, a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Galveston, Texas – killing thousands of people and leaving behind lasting devastation.

Weather

Celebrating The (Bike)Centennial: 200 Years of Bikes

From tool to toy, the bike has served many roles over the course of history. Follow along on this two-wheeled tribute to learn how the bike came to …

Cycling

Word on the Hill: Pink-Haired Sánchez

GOP digital challenge, staff kickball tournament for Harvey & LOC departure<p>Pink hair, don’t care.<p>Rep. <b>Linda T. Sánchez</b>, D-Calif., returned to work …

Politics

At the Library of Congress, blind visitors get to feel what others see

Kathy Tuchman, 59, is a visitor services coordinator at the Library of Congress and the designer of the “Touch History” tour for the blind. Alas, her name is not pronounced Touchman. She lives in Bethesda.<p><b>Who had the idea for a Library of Congress “Touch History” tour for the blind?</b><p>I did. We start …

Lifestyle

POST: Using data from historic newspapers

Library of Congress’ blog <i>The Signal</i> features a post drawn from a talk by David Brunton (Library of Congress) on the need to simplify APIs. Brunton …

Libraries

Get Your Firsthand Hamilton Fix With These 12,000 Scanned Documents

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? For your obedient servant, A. Ham., it’s the Library of Congress using his own writing.<p>If you’re still …

Libraries

Take Five: Nancy Pelosi

House minority leader says she didn’t have ‘Potomac fever’ over recess<p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 77, a California Democrat, talks about her …

Politics