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Call for (Sharing) Papers and Books: Political Histories of Building a Strong U.S. Navy

Carl Vinson (Image courtesy Library of Congress) There have been severalinterestingarticlesof late that touch on the politics of U.S. naval strength. I’ve discussed the topic with a number of friends and colleagues, and unsurprisingly I’ve heard a wide range of views. Show More Summary

Party Like It's 1915: Tracking Down the Remnants of San Francisco's World's Fair

Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, via Library of Congress Today marks the 100th anniversary of the opening day of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Earlier this week we took a look at the mega-soiree that was the PPIE, taking up...

Is This What Obama’s Presidential Library Will Look Like?

Though President Obama currently spends most of his days fighting with Congress, he may have his very own space-orb to visit when he leaves office in 2017. With planning already underway for an eventual Obama Presidential Library, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii are all fighting to house Barack’s house of books. Show More Summary

Gene Luen Yang ‘honored’ to be among inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award finalists

LAST SUMMER, at the National Book Festival’s swank kickoff at the Library of Congress, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang gave a rousing speech about diversity, and the late creator Dwayne McDuffie’s place as a pioneer, that subsequently went viral.Read full article >>

1898: Portraits of Native Americans from 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West' show

Iron White Man Image: Library of Congress In 1898, photographer Gertrude Käsebier looked out of her studio window on Fifth Avenue in New York City and saw the cast of Buffalo Bill's Wild West parading past. Buffalo Bill, a.k.a. William Cody, was by that time a legendary figure of the American Old West, a legend he partially self-generated. Show More Summary

Read a Funny, Moving Story From Philip Levine’s Final Lecture As Poet Laureate

The following excerpt is from the Library of Congress’s transcription of Philip Levine’s speech, which took place on May 3, 2012 and was Levine's final lecture as Poet Laureate. Reprinted with permission of the Library of Congress and...Show More Summary

Storified Tweets from Library of Congress, and Other Links

After the What is Love? conference this past week at the Library of Congress, several people asked me to Storify the tweets I wrote as I transcribed as much of the proceedings as I could. Here you go! The collection of all my tweets can be found online at Storify. Show More Summary

How the West got rich and modern capitalism was born

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress. Editor’s Note: Sven Beckert is a professor of American history at Harvard University. His latest book, “Empire of Cotton: A Global History,” has just been published by Alfred A. Knopf. He joins Making Sen$e today to explain how slavery is at the heart of modern, global capitalism. Show More Summary

A Collection of Civil War Portraits

2 weeks agoHumor : Neatorama

The Library of Congress has a special collection of images, donated by the Liljenquist family, of over a thousand ambrotypes and tintypes taken during the Civil War. Many of these are portraits of soldiers, but also includes pictures of children, families, and personal artifacts. Show More Summary

SEE: DC, Marvel reveal diverse changes as new lineups, Black Canary and all-female Avengers are unveiled

LAST SUMMER, two-time National Book Award finalist Gene Luen Yang (“American Born Chinese”) gave a rousing speech at the Library of Congress, letting his fellow writers know at the National Book Festival kickoff that the comic-book industry needs to do more, and give itself more liberty, to increase character diversity.Read full article >>

Monochromes: Step Inside a 1940s Beach Hotel in the 'Hollywood of the East'

Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design. Have a find you want to share? Hit up...

Rosa Parks' Collection opened formally to researchers at the Library of Congress

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

The Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress opened formally to researchers on Feb. 4, on the birthday of the civil-rights icon. The collection contains approximately 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs. Items in the Library?s...Show More Summary

Rosa Parks’ letters and photographs reveal a lifelong warrior for civil rights

The Rosa Parks Collection of 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs are available to researchers at the Library of Congress on Feb. 4 and a portion will be open to the public on March 2. Continue reading ? The post Rosa Parks’ letters and photographs reveal a lifelong warrior for civil rights appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Rosa Parks' archive opening to public at Library of Congress

Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, reflected later on how it felt to be treated less than equal.

Rosa Parks Papers to Be Opened to Researchers

3 weeks agoArts : ArtsBeat

The Library of Congress will open Rosa Parks's papers to researchers on Wednesday, which would have been Ms. Parks's 102nd birthday.

Rosa Parks’ Writings Available to Public; Reveals a 'Lonely' Woman 'Cut Off From Life'

Rosa Parks’ volumes of letters, writings, photographs and personal notes will be released to the Library of Congress on Wednesday, giving researchers and the public access to the civil rights icon’s life and innermost thoughts, the Associated Press reports.

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The papers and photographs of the late Rosa Parks being opened up for scholars at the Library of Congress and a more limited selection will be on view for the public. As the piece notes, this is particularly important for Parks since this is a woman who is all but frozen in time in the public mind for a single iconic moment, even a single photograph. Show More Summary

Rosa Parks' letters open to public at Library of Congress

The public will have full access to Rosa Parks' archive of letters and photos at the Library of Congress for the first time Wednesday.

Roald Dahl: Please Vaccinate Your Children

4 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

    Twentieth-century British author Roald Dahl. Photo by Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Van Vechten Collection As dozens of Americans contracted measles in the first weeks of 2015, many readers rediscovered aShow More Summary

Law Library of Congress Report on Abortion Legislation in Europe

The Law Library of Congress in Washington has released a new comparative report on Abortion Legislation in Europe:"This report summarizing laws on abortion in selected European countries shows diverse approaches to the regulation of abortion in Europe. Show More Summary

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