Free to Use and Reuse: Genealogy

“Six Generations,” R.W. Harrison, Selma, Alabama. 1893. Prints and Photographs Division. It’s time once again to dip into our Free to Use and Reuse sets of pictures, culled from the Library’s millions of copyright-free photographs, prints, maps and so on. This month, we’re featuring things that relate to ever-popular genealogy searches, as people look to uncover the secrets of their past by identifying their ancestors and … Continue reading Free to Use and Reuse: Genealogy

Jessye Norman, Opera Legend, Dies at 74; Her Papers at Library of Congress

  {mediaObjectId:’93DE917937280072E0538C93F1160072′,playerSize:’mediumStandard’} Jessye Norman in conversation with Librarian Carla Hayden in the Coolidge Auditorium in May 2019. This article was co-written by Sheryl Cannady. Jessye Norman, the operatic soprano whose presence and voice helped define the art form for half a century, died in a New York hospital Monday. She was 74. The cause, her family said in a statement released to the Associated Press, … Continue reading Jessye Norman, Opera Legend, Dies at 74; Her Papers at Library of Congress

Cokie Roberts, a Legend at the Library, Dies at 75

Roberts signing books at the 2015 National Book Festival. Photo: Shawn Miller. Cokie Roberts, the broadcaster, journalist and best-selling author whose multimedia work was a vital part of Washington reporting, died this morning from complications of breast cancer. She was 75. Her political commentary work for ABC News, NPR and PBS, along with her numerous books about women in history, were part of the firmament … Continue reading Cokie Roberts, a Legend at the Library, Dies at 75

Radio Girl and Her De Luxe Revue

Vaughn de Leath, 1939. Jim Walsh Collection, Recorded Sound Reference Center. Taylor McClaskie is one of the Music Division’s summer 2019 interns. She is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Case Western Reserve University. Here, she writes about the early days of radio and one of its near-forgotten stars. Among the hundreds of songs that have crossed my desk this summer as I help process … Continue reading Radio Girl and Her De Luxe Revue

Crowdsourcing Challenge!

By the People, the Library’s crowdsourcing transcription project, is calling on volunteers to complete 1,000 pages from the “Suffrage: Women Fight for the Vote” campaign before Monday, August 19th. The speeches, diaries, and letters of suffragists reveal complex personalities and a multifaceted movement.  Here, Elizabeth A. Novara, a historian in the Library’s Manuscript Division, writes about some of the family and personal relationships that sustained … Continue reading Crowdsourcing Challenge!

Pic of the Week: Mo’Ne Davis Edition

Former Little League World Series star Mo’Ne Davis meets with the DC Force, part of the DC Girls Baseball program, in the Baseball Americana exhibit. Photo: Shawn Miller. Mo’Ne Davis, the pitcher who rocketed to fame behind a historic shutout victory in the 2013 Little League World Series, stopped by the Library’s Baseball Americana exhibit this week. She’s 18 now, five years older and a … Continue reading Pic of the Week: Mo’Ne Davis Edition

Guest Column: Nancy Pelosi on Women’s Suffrage Anniversary

This is a guest post by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. It is (lightly) adapted from the “Last Word” column in the current issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. That issue marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House.  One hundred and seventy-one years ago, 300 women and men gathered in … Continue reading Guest Column: Nancy Pelosi on Women’s Suffrage Anniversary

Eisner Winner! Library’s “Drawn to Purpose”

“Drawn to Purpose,” the Library’s Eisner Award-winning book. Published by the University Press of Mississippi in association with the Library of Congress. “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” a lavishly illustrated study of the field written by Library curator Martha H. Kennedy, won the 2019 Eisner Award for the Best Comics-Related Book at San Diego’s Comic-Con International this weekend, a win for the … Continue reading Eisner Winner! Library’s “Drawn to Purpose”

Pic of the Week: Flickr Edition

Cinderella waltzes down the Great Hall staircase during a celebration of the film’s addition to the National Film Registry, June 20, 2019. Photo: Shawn Miller The Library has featured some of its best historical photographs on a Flickr page for years, with more than 34,000 images in more than 45 albums. If you haven’t checked it out before, we hope you’ll take a minute now. Delights … Continue reading Pic of the Week: Flickr Edition

Pic of the Week: Girls Who Code Edition

  Girls Who Code students and leaders with members of Congress in the Library’s Great Hall, July 10, 2019. First row, standing on floor, from left: Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA); Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH); Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA); Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY); Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV); Rep. … Continue reading Pic of the Week: Girls Who Code Edition