Library of Congress

The US Library of Congress Just Put 25 Million Records Online, Free of Charge

Set the knowledge free.<p>Knowledge is power, the old saying goes, but it isn't much use if it's hidden away – so we're excited to learn that the US …


12 signs you desperately need a vacation from work

We're all terrible at taking vacations.<p>A recent Glassdoor report found that, on average, Americans don't use half of their vacation time or paid time off.<p>And once we're actually on vacation, we have trouble kicking back and relaxing.<p>According to the same Glassdoor report, 66% of Americans say that …

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WWII veteran recounts his experience in Okinawa for Library of Congress

EASTON -- John “Jack” Hurley joined the Navy in 1944 because he loved playing in the water as a boy in Dorchester.<p>Yet when asked Friday what he …


Image 1 of Gertrude's dream waltz, with variations, op. 425

Rights assessment is your responsibility.<p>The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and …


Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records Available for Free

In its largest digital release to date, the Library of Congress is making 25 million records available for free online. As the United States' oldest cultural institution, the organization holds an incredible amount of information—books, music, manuscripts, maps, and other visuals.<p>The records …


The Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records From Its Catalog Free to Download

A quick fyi: According to <i>Fortune</i><i>,</i> The Library of Congress announced that it “will make 25 million records from its catalog available for the public …


Capturing Racism on Camera

Historical documentation of racism in America spans both the oppressed as well as the oppressor. Typically, images of racism focus on the aftermath …


Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor

In late March of 2006, a college dropout named Jack Dorsey finished coding a site for Internet users to post 140-character messages.<p>It was called twttr.<p>Dorsey and his co-founders eventually added vowels to the service, forming Twitter. The name made total sense.<p>“The definition was ‘a short burst of …


Look Inside the Sketchbook of a World War II Soldier

Even with news of the Second World War congesting airwaves in 1942, 19-year-old Victor Lundy was optimistic about his future. He was studying at New …

Military History

How data is transforming the music industry

Today, companies are trying to make decisions relying on as few assumptions as possible. Whereas in the past, the industry relied primarily on sales …


New York on D-Day

As the "Great Crusade" begins, New Yorkers wait in suspense<p>At 6:30 a.m. London time on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, the German news agency DNB issued the first reports that thousands of Allied paratroopers were touching down near the mouth of the Seine River, with fierce fighting near the city of …

Military History

Rural Mother (Colorized): 1936

The Shorpy Archive<p>6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.<p>Social Shorpy<p>To love him …


The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matter

Orderly boxes of cards once filled libraries large and small, and even the most humble of books boasted a catalog card of its own. But when the …


See the Civil War Through the Lens of Its First Photographer

American Civil War

These photos from the 1800s first proved that galloping horses levitate

If you are one of the many thousands people who tune in to horse racing’s Triple Crown this time of year, watching a horse move is, in itself, no special feat. But before Eadweard Muybridge starting experimenting with stop-motion photography in the 1870s, no one had ever seen it before.<p>Muybridge, a …


Poetry in stone: The Cathedral of St. Dmitry in Vladimir

The cathedral’s carvings survived centuries of war and weather.<p>At the beginning of the 20th century the Russian chemist and photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky invented a complex process for vivid, detailed color photography (see box text below). His vision of photography as a form of education and …


Timeless city

What happens when you use 19th-century travel guides to navigate Venice? Gabriella Gage tackles the ancient locale’s twisting alleys<p>From across the Grand Canal at the Venezia Santa Lucia train station, the patina of San Simeone Piccolo’s dome glows an unnatural hue, intensified by the canal water. …


Virginia's Labor Problem, 1617-1620 - American Memory Timeline- Classroom Presentation | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress

<i>The Virginia Company attempted to solve the labor problem in Virginia, in part, by shipping numerous laborers to the colony. Many laborers were sent</i> …


Founders' Keepers

Ever since the founding, the people of the United States have been particularly interested in their own history. The first collected edition of the …


Is Trump Flirting with a Palace Coup?

Conservatives are beginning to whisper about the 25th Amendment.<p>In the highest echelons of Washington, survival depends on getting used to countless minor provocations and threats. They are like bees crawling on your arms and face. Ignore them, and most will fly away. Swat them, and they’ll swarm …

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House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

Dr. Carla Hayden, the current and 14th Librarian of Congress, is many things: a brilliant scholar, a forty year veteran of libraries, a defender of …


Days Since News Of An Impeachable Scandal: [0][0][0][1]

We're all going to die<p><b>Like what you read below?</b> <b>Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL</b> <b>and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!</b><p><i>President Trump has found an incredible new way to</i> <i>hold someone hostage</i> <i>while also providing them a robust health plan. Three journalists</i> <i>found major weaknesses</i> <i>in Mar-a-Lago’s</i> …

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Cover Story: 'The Bone Queen'

A look at Candlewick's redesign of YA fantasy author Alison Croggon's Books of Pellinor series.


The HistoryMakers: An idea that changes our world

An idea is not enough! Having an idea is just the starting point for taking action and making a change. While many people have ideas, for some it is …


Photographer Alfred T. Palmer captures US women at work in WWII, in pictures

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World History

Catalog Records: Library of Congress Releases 25 Million Free Records of Bibliographic Metadata

From LC:<p>The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at …


'One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat' — See beautiful pictures of New York's old Penn Station before it was torn down

It's hard to believe that Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station was once a masterpiece of pink granite, marble columns, and arched-glass windows.<p>In 1963, the above-ground portion of the station was demolished to make room for a massive sports arena, Madison Square Garden. Its reputation as an …

Penn Station

Trump signs ride-sharing bill into law

Updated 05/17/2017 07:38 AM EDT<p><i>With help from Margaret Harding McGill, Steven Overly, Ashley Gold and Nancy Scola</i><p><b>UBER WINS IN WASHINGTON</b> — Uber may be besieged by reports of a toxic work culture, a trade secrets lawsuit and a Justice Department inquiry, but the company still has allies in …


Refugees in Syria, Syrian Refugees: Then and Now

<i>by Dr. Benjamin Thomas White, University of Glasgow</i><p><b>This post originally appeared on the Refuge History blog and is reposted here with permission</b><p>Six …