Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Denis Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “Jesus’ Son” and the novel “Tree of Smoke,” will posthumously receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 2. Click here for more information.
Lucianne Walkowicz will hold the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She will begin on Oct. 1, 2017, and be in residence for 12 months. Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced a new opportunity for booklovers to support the beloved annual celebration of reading and literacy, the National Book Festival, while enhancing their own festival experiences. Click here for more information.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched, “Over There” the second in a three-part, online “Experiencing War” website series dedicated to United States veterans of the First World War. “Over There” highlights 10 digitized World War I collections found in the Veterans History Project archive. To access Part II and other veterans’ collections featured in […]
In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland – more than 5.5 million of them – signed a unique birthday card, The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship. Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages – many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by […]
The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges – King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799). Click here for more information.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is enhancing its ability to serve its patrons through several major technological initiatives being advanced this summer. NLS is launching a new and improved website and a new multimedia education campaign—both designed to raise awareness of NLS’s remarkable free […]
Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives. Click here for more information.
Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in five Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from June through August. Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress this week welcomed 37 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive, Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. From curating historic copyright material ,to helping develop new preservation techniques, making World War I veterans histories more accessible and exploring the creation of a digital scholar’s lab, the Junior Fellows will work on […]
The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. Click here for more information.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, has named the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) of Seattle as the Network Library of the Year for 2016. Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download in the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. Click here for more information.
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, scholarly communities and the American public. Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress is combining its two reading and writing programs for young people – A Book That Shaped Me and Letters About Literature. The move will enable the Library to better leverage its resources, to brand the programs more consistently and to encourage greater participation in these long-running programs. The Library today kicks […]
A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books. Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today opens a major exhibition to commemorate the centennial of World War I. “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” tells the stories of Americans in the war, through correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project. […]
Attempting what only a handful of daredevil flyers would dream of, “birdman” Harry N. Atwood made a record-breaking 14-day multi-leg trip from Boston to Washington, DC, at the helm of a Moth biplane. Several days after his arrival, "the biplane scudded and clipped over the Tidal Basin, its wings all a-quiver," as he landed on […]
For the past 6 years, in the little town of Whitesbog, New Jersey, a "remarkable woman" has been doing remarkable work in the quietest sort of way. By applying eugenic principles, Elizabeth White produces the first crop of cultivated “super-blueberries.” Read more about it in Philadelphia's Evening Public Ledger and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!
“Some years ago a gentle, inoffensive stranger landed on this terrestrial sphere with no luggage but a book….This was Mr. Skygack from Mars,” wrote Fred Schaefer, author of the comic “Mr. Skygack, from Mars” in the Day Book (Chicago, IL) in 1912. This early comic strip first began appearing in newspapers associated with the Scripps […]
The famous and gay poet Walt Whitman often wrote stories for newspapers. His recently rediscovered serial novel, “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” a purported first-person autobiography, appeared anonymously in the Sunday Dispatch (New York , NY), March 14 through April 18, 1852. A front page ad in the New-York Daily Tribune of March 13, 1852 […]
Did you know that Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day? Or that the practice of honoring the war dead during spring first arose in the South as the Civil War ended? Featuring newspapers from around the country during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, discover more about the fascinating history of this […]
In the heart of San Francisco, CA, on May 12, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt was greeted by throngs of spectators. The following day the San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA) reported on the parade in detail, describing the military splendor, decorations on Market Street, bells pealing out and the roar of the crowd. In addition […]
We’re asking for your help to understand how you, the users, work with our online newspapers! The Library of Congress is investigating new approaches to providing access to the historic newspapers available from the Chronicling America Web site. We’re looking at adding new features and updating others, as well as integrating the historic newspapers with […]
After more than two years of remaining neutral in the conflict happening 'over there,' President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation on April 6, 1917 to the people of the country declaring a state of war exists between the United States and the Imperial Government of Germany. The first act of war was to seize all […]
Known as “the Good Gray Poet,” Walt Whitman, author of Leaves of Grass and other poems, died peacefully in March 1892 in Camden, NJ, after a long illness. With a sorrowful tone, the Wilmington Daily Republican (Wilmington, DE) provided details along with reflections on his literary accomplishments and critics. “His critics ‘cut him up,’” according […]
55 African American newspapers from across the US, are available online in #ChronAm. Included among these titles are issues of Frederick Douglass’ newspaper the New National Era. In his first issue, Douglass writes “It has been a cherished hope of mine, since the abolition of slavery, that…some new man…thoroughly alive to the great interests of our newly enfranchised people, […]
That’s a lotta barks! Judges line up as 1,612 canines make their way to Grand Central Palace for the Westminster Kennel Club’s exhibition. For a full re-pawt of the 44th annual show, look no fur-ther than the New-York Tribune (New York, NY) issue for February 8, 1920. Read more about it and follow us on Twitter […]
First published in late January 1845, “The Raven” by Edgar A. Poe quickly caught the attention of readers far and wide with its dark and gothic imagery. It soon appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines across the country including the Feb. 4, 1845 issue of the New-York Daily Tribune (New York, NY). "Once upon a […]
On Jan. 8, 1790, beginning with "Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives, I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity, which now presents itself, of congratulating you on the present favorable prospects of our public affairs...." President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to the joint session of […]
In mid-December 1916, Germany suddenly and unexpectedly proposed peace to the Allied nations of Europe involved in “the Great War.” Newspapers across America, still neutral in the conflict, announced the offer with surprise and glaring headlines. From the optimistic “The Dawn of Peace” (Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot; Bryan, TX) and “End of World-Wide Conflict Near” (Bemidji […]
For non-meat eaters and the frugal, a century ago the Perrysburg Journal (Perrysburg, OH) shared suggestions for a feast of Thanksgiving dishes fit for the most discerning vegetarian palate. Including such delectables as Cream of Chestnut Soup, Vegetable Turkey (2 kinds!), and Nesselrode Pudding (a frozen custard dessert), the result is a choice menu for […]