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In Istanbul, You Can Find Old Prisons in Restaurants, Mosques, Even 4-Star Hotels

A photochrom of Istanbul, c. 1890. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ppmsca-03047) If we know anything about Turkish prisons, we probably learned it from the 1978 film Midnight Express, loosely based on Billy Hayes' memoir of the same name. Show More Summary

How Do We Make Up for the Way Our Nation Fails Black Women and Girls?

Just ahead of last weekend's White House Correspondents' Dinner, a gathering of another sort took place. Women from around the country came together at the Library of Congress to commemorate the launch of the Black Women and Girls Caucus, the first caucus to discuss the issues affecting black women and ... More »

The Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language

Deaf children signing the Star-Spangled Banner in Cinncinati, c. 1918. (Photo: Library of Congress/ LC-DIG-npcc-33373) In 1979 in the town of Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard, Joan Poole Nash sat across from her great-grandmother Emily Howland Poole, surrounded by a team of linguists and a video camera. Show More Summary

Discover Clarendon Avenue With A Free Walking Tour Next Saturday

Looking south on Montrose from Clarendon, around the turn of the century (via Library of Congress) On the first weekend on May, cities all over the world honor urban activist Jane Jacobs with a free series of walks, usually led by neighborhood volunteers. Show More Summary

In Texas, There's Statue of Jesus in Cowboy Boots

5 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Photo: Library of Congress) Why? Because Texas is awesome, that's why. And here's further evidence: go to the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas. There you will find the grave of Willet Babcock (1821-1881), a wealthy resident who built furniture, caskets, and the town's 1,200-seat opera hall. Show More Summary

The Hushed Interiors of 19th Century Libraries

Main reading room, the New York Public Library, c. 1910. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-det-4a24347) Public libraries as we know them – government-funded, free to access – have existed since the 1800s. The Boston Public Library was the earliest large-scale library, with 16,000 items available to borrow when it opened its doors in 1854. Show More Summary

Vivid color postcards of Rome circa 1890

Outside the Coliseum. Image: Library of Congress These postcards of the ancient landmarks of Rome were produced around 1890 using the Photochrom process, which add precise gradations of artificial color to black and white photos. Invented...Show More Summary

Library Laundry: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Laundry at Library of Congress." Equipped with mangle and steam cabinet. 8x6 inch glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

When Librarians Attack

While the Library of Congress does not often become the subject of political disputes, it has seen occasional dust-ups, including a protracted controversy in the late 19th century over the cement used in its construction. Nearly a century later, in 1975, the Library of Congress made news when President Gerald Ford nominated Daniel Boorstin to run it. Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: Opposition

Opposition, England, 1890from the Library of Congress's Photochrom Travel Views collection

A 19th-Century Map of Our 'Square and Stationary' Earth

(Image: Library of Congress/2011594831) According to Orlando Ferguson we are not living on a globe but in a giant donut mold. In 1893, Ferguson, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, published his Map of the Square and Stationary Earth. It depicts the world spread over a basin with a mound in the middle. Show More Summary

GOP wants to 'help' the Library of Congress with word choice

The Library of Congress doesn't want to want to refer to undocumented immigrants as "illegal aliens." Congressional Republicans hope to require it anyway.

GOP takes on Library of Congress on immigration terminology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may not be able to overhaul the immigration system, fix the broken tax code or even pass a budget. The move came in response to a petition from the American Library Association to change immigration-related search terms to make them less judgmental.

Fight Brews in House Over Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ by Library of Congress

Congress isn’t going to overhaul the immigration system anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean they can’t fight about it in the meantime. This week a panel of the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill funding the legislative branch...Show More Summary

Gloriously Melodramatic Portraits of 19th-Century Shakespearean Actors

From left, E.H. Sothern as Macbeth, Lillie Langtry as Lady Macbeth, and Kyrle Bellew as Hamlet. (Photos, L-R: Folger Shakespeare Library/ CC BY-SA 4.0; Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-54508; New York Public Library) For a late 19th-century...Show More Summary

Library of Congress Shares Rosa Parks Collection

.A collection of 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs relating to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is now available for public viewing, thanks to the Library of Congress and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. The Foundation has loaned the collection to the Library of Congress for ten years. Show More Summary

TRANSPARENCY! Access to Merrick Garland File Barred at Library of Congress. The executors of the…

TRANSPARENCY! Access to Merrick Garland File Barred at Library of Congress. The executors of the papers of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Jr. are blocking public access to the justice’s file on high court nominee Merrick Garland, who clerked for Brennan in 1977 and 1978. The file, along with other documents relating […]

Librarian of Congress nominee says library must operate ‘seamlessly’ in digital world

Speaking for the first time since being nominated to be the 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla D. Hayden called for greater access to the “treasure chest” that is the nation’s library and for modernizing its technological infrastructure to ensure it meets its core responsibilities. “As I envision the future of this venerable institution, I see […]

Worth a Thousand Words: Emir of Bukhara

Alim Khan, Emir of Bukhara, seated holding sword, 1905.From the Russian Empire in Color collection (Library of Congress).

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