Free to Use and Reuse: Movie Magic

The Grand Riviera’s opening week, 1925. Historic American Buildings Survey. Photo: Jack Boucher. Prints and Photographs Division. The Grand Riviera Theatre opened on Grand River Boulevard in Detroit in 1925, an intoxicating, million-dollar movie palace designed to resemble the wealthiest of Italian Renaissance courtyards. It was gorgeous. It was crazy. You couldn’t believe it. Three stories, 3,000 seats and an 80-foot octagonal tower above the … Continue reading Free to Use and Reuse: Movie Magic

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood: On Stage at the Library March 2

Garth Brooks, the 2020 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Garth Brooks has friends in library places – sorry, couldn’t help it – and one of them will be in the Coolidge auditorium on March 2, as the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will be talking about his life and career ahead of receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song … Continue reading Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood: On Stage at the Library March 2

Latest News: Shawn Walker Photo Archives Acquired

The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of photographer Shawn Walker and his collection of photos, ephemera and audio recordings representing the influential Kamoinge Workshop based in Harlem, the Library announced today. Founded in New York City in 1963, the Kamoinge Workshop is a collective of leading African American photographers, such as Anthony Barboza, Louis Draper, Adger Cowans, Albert Fenner, Ray Francis, Toni … Continue reading Latest News: Shawn Walker Photo Archives Acquired

For Presidents Day…Why Not Read Lincoln’s Mail?

Our very own Michelle Krowl and special guest. Photo: Shawn Miller. When President Abraham Lincoln (in the form of George Buss of Illinois) recently visited the Manuscript Division, Civil War specialist Michelle Krowl put him to work reviewing transcriptions in the Letters to Lincoln crowdsourcing campaign. Mr. Lincoln did his part, and now you can too! To commemorate Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents Day, the By the … Continue reading For Presidents Day…Why Not Read Lincoln’s Mail?

Love Letters Straight to Your Heart

  “Devoted lover,” Ulysses S. Grant. ca. 1860. Photo: Bain News Service. Prints and Photographs Division.  History knows Ulysses S. Grant as the relentless Union commander who subdued the South, guided by a simple and brutally effective philosophy of war: Hit them as soon as you can, hit them as hard as you can, move on. Few know Grant the romantic — the all-lovey-dovey writer of … Continue reading Love Letters Straight to Your Heart

Latest News: Major Gift for Visitor Experience

A major gift by philanthropist David Rubenstein will help fund a project to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience for the nearly 2 million people who visit the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each year. The goal is to better connect visitors with history and provide better access to the unparalleled collections held by the national library. Rubenstein, the chairman of the Library’s … Continue reading Latest News: Major Gift for Visitor Experience

NEWS: Cherry Blossom Book Features Library Collections

Vibrant springtime traditions of cherry blossom viewing in Japan and Washington, D.C., are explored in the new book “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress,” published today by Smithsonian Books, in association with the Library of Congress. Events at the Library in April will feature the book and celebrate the annual return of the cherry blossoms to the nation’s capital. Click here … Continue reading NEWS: Cherry Blossom Book Features Library Collections

Love in the Comics: The Star-Crossed Story of “Negro Romance”

Panel from “Negro Romance” #2. Art: Alvin Hollingsworth. Serial and Government Publications Division. Hayley Salvatore, an intern in the Office of Communications, contributed to this post.  It’s so romantic! Gloria, pretty and hard-working, goes for a walk in a city park and meets kind and handsome Lloyd. Sparks fly! He takes her to meet her mom, who works nearby, then gently holds her hand, walking her … Continue reading Love in the Comics: The Star-Crossed Story of “Negro Romance”

“Caged Bird” Inspired by the Library of Congress

Paul Laurence Dunbar Poet Maya Angelou’s debut memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” is her most famous work. The coming-of-age story has influenced writers and touched millions of people. Yet its title is not original to Angelou: She borrowed it from a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar that he composed, at least in part, in response to his employment at the Library of … Continue reading “Caged Bird” Inspired by the Library of Congress