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In Praise of Unfinished Novels

Several years ago, I spent a summer traveling back and forth between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., to visit the Ralph Ellison papers stored at the Library of Congress. I had long been enthralled by Invisible Man, Ellison’s seminal 1952 novel of race and identity in the waning years of Jim Crow. Show More Summary

“And shout, and shout, and shout, and shout, for brave AMERICA”

This broadside shown on the website of the Library of Congress could be the first printing of the words to “The New Massachusetts Liberty Song.” (I think the original is at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.)The sheet might even have been created for Josiah Flagg’s 13 Feb 1770 concert, the first time we know that song was publicly performed. Show More Summary

News Briefs for January 2018

LYRASIS gets $90k from Mellon Foundation, Penn State Press and Eisenbrauns partner on ancient Near East and more, Library of Congress and WGBH preserve Watergate hearings, and more News in Brief from the January 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Glimpses of Revolutionary Camp Followers

In recent months Susan Holloway Scott at Two Nerdy History Girls shared a couple of artifacts that offer glimpses of the families who traveled with eighteenth-century armies.In the collections of the Library of Congress is a panoramic view of the Hudson River in watercolor by Pierre L’Enfant. Show More Summary

Congressional Analysis Cites ‘Coiled Spring’ Precedent for ‘Bump Fire’ Stocks

The CRS, essentially a Library of Congress issues “think tank” for federal legislators—does not generally make its reports available to the public, despite our tax dollars funding them. This post Congressional Analysis Cites ‘Coiled Spring’ Precedent for ‘Bump Fire’ Stocks appeared first on AmmoLand.com.

Tagged: 1930

August 5, 1930. "The big league has nothing on this game. A good action shot of a couple of the girls at the 'Y' camp at Plano, Illinois." Witteman Bros. Collection "Albertype" collotype print, Library of Congress. View full size.

Alexander Hamilton’s Love Letter Revealed!

Julie Miller of the Library of Congress recently wrote at Medium about the effort to read crossed-out lines in one of its Alexander Hamilton letters.This is a 6 Sept 1780 letter from Hamilton to his fiancée Elizabeth Schuyler (“Betsey” in real life, “Eliza” in the musical), two months before they married. Show More Summary

The Presidential Portraits That Went Up In Flames In 1851

last monthNews : The Daily Beast

When fire ravaged the Library of Congress in 1851, the cultural casualties included portraits of America's first three presidents–Washington, Adams and Jefferson–by Gilbert Stuart.

Friday's TV highlights: 'Tony Bennett: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song'

SERIES MacGyver Mac (Lucas Till) gets involved in a competition to create robotic vehicles suited for combat, and one competitor – an ex-love interest (guest star Ashley Tisdale) – has her entry hacked, and sent to attack the Pentagon in this new episode. George Eads and Eddie McClintock also star....

How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress highlights female artists and their contributions to comic strips, magazine covers and political cartoons

Required Reading

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

This week, Shigeru Ban's Mt. Fuji Center, Basquiat in London, the Met's new admission policy, reviewing Trump's border wall prototypes, the Library of Congress's Twitter archive, and more. The post Required Reading appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Jacqueline Woodson, Ambassador

Year in Reading alum Jacqueline Woodson has been named the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Gene Luen Yang was the previous ambassador. The program is sponsored by the Library of Congress and the official ceremony is January 9th. Congratulations Jacqueline! The post Jacqueline Woodson, Ambassador appeared first on The Millions.

Library of Congress acquires archive of humorist, political commentator Art Buchwald

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide. Show More Summary

Law Library of Congress Report on Mandatory Deposit Laws

The Law Library of Congress has published a 2017 update to its report on Mandatory Deposit Laws in Selected Jurisdictions:"This report contains data on 131 countries, indicating whether or not published books are subject to a mandatory...Show More Summary

The Library of Congress Quits Twitter

Amanda Petrusich on the Library of Congress’s decision to take a selective approach to its Twitter archive.

Why The Library Of Congress Is Stopping Archiving All Of Twitter

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"From the get-go, the project was a behemoth. The Library of Congress was essentially vacuuming up every tweet, archiving it, and attempting to turn it into a public searchable destination. In 2013, the data already represented hundreds of terabytes. Even back then, creating this archive was an immense task, and as Twitter has grown and […]

The Library of Congress is about to stop archiving every public tweet

2 months agoTechnology : Post Tech

For the past six years, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single tweet that's been published on Twitter. Celebrity feuds, political campaigns and mundane "here's what I had for lunch" tweets have all been scrupulously archived. But now, the Library of Congress says it'll stop trying to cover the entire platform. The LOC […]

Library of Congress admits defeat, accepts the futility of trying to archive all of Twitter

At least you tried. Starting Jan. 1, the Library of Congress will curtail what's been a seven-year effort to collect and archive every single utterance on Twitter. A Tuesday missive from the federal institution notes that, come 2018,...Show More Summary

Library of Congress Finally Accepts That Much of Twitter is Hot Garbage

They'll stop archiving every tweet in January. The post Library of Congress Finally Accepts That Much of Twitter is Hot Garbage appeared first on RedState.

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