Library of Congress

This week's discoveries: Sleeping late may be early warning of Alzheimer's

(NEWSER) <b></b>– Sure, NASA found seven Earth-size planets that could theoretically harbor life, but that wasn't the only discovery to make headlines this week:<p>Grad student finds early Walt Whitman novel: A University of Houston grad student poking around in the Library of Congress' archives stumbled …

Alzheimer's Disease

Just Add Water: 1921

June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach costume contest." The ladies last glimpsed here, an array of lesser lights orbiting the transcendently …

Photography

David Brooks Wants to Make America Great Again

<i>David Brooks in 2012. (Nam Y. Huh / AP)</i><p>Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, …

Liberal POV

Black and privileged until Jim Crow came and crushed a sense of dignity

<i>Michael A. Fletcher, a former Washington Post reporter, is a senior writer with ESPN’s The Undefeated.</i><p>Anyone interested in learning more about the incalculable damage done to African Americans and, really, all of America in the decades following Reconstruction ought to read historian Elizabeth …

Opinion

A Difficult Childhood Inspires A Dad To Do Better

Michael Ryan, 45, is a juvenile judge in Cleveland, Ohio. And like many of the kids who end up in his courtroom, he didn't have an easy childhood.<p>He adored his mother, he tells his son — also named Michael, 19, at StoryCorps in Cleveland, but she was addicted to heroin.<p>"My mother and my stepdad, …

Parenting

Interesting Video: “Library of Congress Director Focuses on Making Collections More Accessible”

I thought this was an interesting new video from Voice of America. The Library of Congress Director talks about future tech plans:<p><i>Related</i><p>Author: …

Libraries

2017 Nonfiction Award Finalist: An Interview with Linda Barrett Osborne on This Land Is Our Land - The Hub

In the introduction to <i>This Land is Our Land,</i> Linda Barrett Osborne writes how she hopes her book acts as a conversation starter for such an important …

American History

This day in history — Feb. 24

<b>Today’s highlight in history</b><p>On Feb. 24, 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal …

Milwaukee

POST: Assembling the Whole: An Interview with Librarian|Artist Oliver Baez Bendorf

Jamie Mears (Library of Congress) has posted an interview with Oliver Baez Bendorf on LOC blog, The Signal. The post, entitled “Assembling the Whole: …

Libraries

RESOURCE: On a Collections as Data Imperative

The Library of Congress has published “On a Collections as Data Imperative” by Thomas Padilla (UC Santa Barbara). The article focuses on rethinking …

Libraries

Thomas Edison and the Origins of Surf Filmography

More than a century ago, a cameraman on Waikiki Beach captured something extraordinary—and ordinary.<p>Searching for surfing videos will lead you into some of the gnarliest, most awe-inspiring rabbit holes on the internet—in part because there are so, so many of them out there.<p>You could spend days …

Hawaii

The whiskered White House: Ranking the 12 presidents with facial hair

Of the 44 men who have been elected president, just 12 — 27 percent — have had some sort of facial hair while in office.<p>The most famous, of course, is Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president.<p>The best looking was Rutherford B. Hayes.<p>But, according to GQ, the president with the best facial hair was …

Facial Hair

Now and Then: American Propaganda and Protest Posters

As a history nerd (my undergraduate degree is in history), I simply cannot resist going down the rabbit hole of the history behind great design. …

Libraries

You can now read Walt Whitman's long-lost Jack Engle novella 165 years after it disappeared

The novella, originally written under a pseudonym and serialised in The New York Times, was serialised in 1852 before vanishing shortly after<p>A staggering 165 years ago, a down-on-his-luck housebuilder in Brooklyn was working on two books. The first, written under a pseudonym, was serialised in <i>The</i> …

Poetry

'Third Reconstruction' theory says nation still in progress on civil rights

Those blindsided by the 2016 presidential election results -- and there were millions -- needed only to have considered one of our nation's most tumultuous eras, Reconstruction, to understand that the seeds of Donald Trump's unanticipated victory were planted more than 150 years ago.<p>Born in the …

Libraries

When Hollywood Glamour Was Sold at the Local Department Store

During the 1930s, the world’s most fashionable looks came not from Paris, but from La-La Land

Fashion

A Lesson From the 1940s: ‘America Is Capable of Being Un-American’

In the spring of 1942, the federal government hired a small group of photographers to document the relocation and incarceration of about 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were United States citizens living on the West Coast. Some of the photographs were used for propaganda purposes …

Social Studies

Word on the Hill: A Healthy Talk

D.C. awards nominations<p>Learn about staying healthy this year from the Library of Congress.<p>As part of the LOC’s Office of Health Services and the …

Libraries

Five Myths About Reconstruction

<b>By James W. Loewen</b><p>This is the sesquicentennial of the Reconstruction era in the United States, that period after the Civil War when African Americans briefly enjoyed full civil and political rights. African Americans—200,000 of them—had fought in that war, which made it hard to deny them equal …

American History

11 pioneering architects of color who made their mark

The inspiring architects—and a multitude of buildings—that history often overlooks<p>Securing commissions as an architect is no easy feat, even when one has academic connections, career mentors, and a balance sheet that’s in the black. In trying to garner such commissions under the tyranny of …

Architecture

The Last Decent Person in Washington

There is a straight line from the worst person in the government to quite possibly the best: Every tweet that Donald Trump sends each morning, …

Luke Cage

Black History Month: Librarian of Congress on her Trailblazing Role

Roll Call’s series with lawmakers and Capitol Hill figures continues<p>The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of …

American History

'Not Sitting Quietly Anymore': How Librarians Are Fighting Trump | Broadly

When Audrey Lorberfeld woke up in her Brooklyn apartment on Saturday, January 28, she was, like much of the country, angry. In the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump had already signed executive orders reinstating an expanded global gag rule, calling for the construction of a border wall …

Librarianship

‘Whitman, Alabama’ Documentarian Unites Southerners Via Poetry

The simplicity of Jennifer Crandall’s concept for “Whitman, Alabama” is also its power: the filmmaker has traveled all over Alabama, inviting a broad spectrum of residents to contribute to her project by reading lines from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” in front of her camera: “Over the course of …

Poetry

Holiday Throwback Recipes: Cornbread Dressing

We’ve got a pretty solid collection of community cookbooks here in the office—and many more in our staffers’ home libraries. And the holidays seem …

Cornbread

A Beginners Guide To Overthrowing The Government

I get it; you're angry.<p>The country is a garbage nest of rage. And no matter which side of the political pop you're licking, the situation sure feels …

Cool Stuff

See Past Presidents in Vibrant Color

VIEW GALLERY | 24 PHOTOS<p>Col. Theodore Roosevelt with a dead elephant at Meru, Kenya. The Siena Research Institute (SRI) at Siena College often …

History

When Leaking Is an Act of Patriotism

In 1800, a newspaper report incensed supporters of President John Adams—and sparked the nation’s first major leak investigation.<p>An administration in turmoil. A president sometimes “absolutely out of his senses.” Panic over foreign terror; a lurch toward war; rumors of immigrant roundups; foreign …

Government

CDs Are Beginning To Rot

Image: Creative Commons<p>It has been almost 35 years since Polygram, Sony and Philips executives gathered at a German factory to get their hands on the …

Libraries