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Latest News: Sanborn Insurance Maps Online

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:00

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.

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Latest News: Seattle Organization Wins NLS Honor

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:05

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.  

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Latest News: Online Catalog Records Released

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:59

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.

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Latest News: FEDLINK Federal Library Awards

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 07:53

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.

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Latest News: Library Combines Youth Reading Programs

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:45

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 off its annual summer contest, now titled A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature. The program will still target rising 5th- and 6th-grade students and will be managed in collaboration with libraries in six states as in past years. Winners will be honored at the 2017 National Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 2.

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Latest News: The Library Has A New Book

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:33

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.

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Latest News: World War I Exhbition Opens

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 08:09

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.

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Latest News: Rare Harriet Tubman Photo Among Album Treasures Acquired Through Collaboration of National Cultural Institutions

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 15:46

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress today announced the joint acquisition of an album of 44 rare photographs, including a previously unrecorded portrait of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and the only known photograph of John Willis Menard, the first African American man elected to the U.S. Congress.

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Latest News: New National Recording Registry Picks

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 04:34

Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.

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Latest News: New Book on Pictorial Maps

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:39

Designed to educate, amuse, or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography. A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby, celebrates these vibrant maps, tracing their development and proliferation from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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Latest News: New Chief for European Division

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:27

Grant Harris has been appointed chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress.

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Latest News: Library Acquires Adelman Archives

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:26

The Library of Congress today announced the acquisition of the archives of Bob Adelman, one of the best-known photographers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Watch a live announcement event on YouTube at 2 p.m. ET on March 20.

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Latest News: Applications Open for Teacher-in-Residence

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 14:50

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current world history or world geography teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2017-18 school year.

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Latest News: New Chief for Geography and Map Division

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:22

Paulette Marie Hasier has been appointed chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress.

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