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Library of Congress announces $200,000 in literacy prizes

5 hours agoArts : Arts Post

Literacy organizations from Oregon to Turkey are among the winners of this year’s Library of Congress Literacy Awards, announced Saturday at the National Book Festival in Washington. The prizes are funded by Washington-based philanthropist David M. Show More Summary

Monochromes: Look Upon the Beauty of an Empty Courthouse in 1941

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...

Washington, D.C., 1962

Most of the cars in this Marion Trikosko photo of the parking that was available in front of the U.S. Capitol in March 1962 – which we came across on the Library of Congress’s photo archive – obscure the other cars’ license plates, but it’s a fairly good bet that the cars came from all […]

Labor Day Quiz: Do You Really Know What We're Celebrating?

Library of Congress By Bruce Watson Most people only think of Labor Day as a nice excuse for long weekend, the beginning of fall or the start of football season. But the last holiday of summer is more than a day off work: It's also one...Show More Summary

Virginia Flaggers Interpret Image of Silas and Andrew Chandler

[This posting was no doubt prompted by the news that the famous image of Andrew and Silas has been donated to the Library of Congress.] And once again we are reminded that it’s about heritage, not history. You would think that “restoring the honor” would at least involve honoring what we now know about this... Continue reading

Library of Congress cooks CDs in quest to save them

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

In an attempt to preserve its collection of more than 500,000 CDs, the Library of Congress is doing some torture testing.>

Library of Congress racing to preserve vast CD collection

2 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Researchers are using accelerated aging techniques to test the durability of the 500,000-disc collection

A Photograph Of The Future, Taken 100 Years Ago

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

While filing photographs at the Library of Congress, Barbara Orbach Natanson was momentarily startled by a 1920 picture that looked as if Portland, Oregon was being attacked from above. "How frightening would it have been to be on the streets," she asked herself, "when these airplanes swooped overhead?" Read more...

Alice McDermott: Working overtime for the National Book Festival

4 days agoArts : Arts Post

Scores of people at the Library of Congress have been working for months to make the National Book Festival a success this Saturday, Aug. 30. And hundreds more are gearing up to help this week. Among the many writers involved is Washington-area novelist Alice McDermott, a National Book Award winner who’s kindly contributing on several fronts. First, she’s […]

Monochromes: Curbed Miami has 21 vintage photos...

Curbed Miami has 21 vintage photos of Art Deco architecture in the Miami Beach Architectural District, all of which come from the Library of Congress' archives. The neighborhood received its title as the nation's first historic district of 20th century...

Duke Ellington -- Jazz on the Screen: A Jazz and Blues Filmography

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

This article appears courtesy of David Meeker and the Library of Congress. Learn more about Jazz on Screen. Overview of Jazz on the Screen By David Meeker The cultural, sociological and technical histories of jazz and motion pictures have run in parallel, sometimes intersecting, lines ever since bot...

A Victory For the Good Guys

Last week I shared the news that the iconic image of Andrew and Silas Chandler had been donated to the Library of Congress. Over the weekend The Washington Post picked up the story. The title of the article makes it perfectly clear that the image does not show two men going off to war voluntarily.... Continue reading

"Preparing for Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life" --World's Scientists Gather to Discuss

How might humanity prepare for the possibility of discovering microbial or complex life beyond Earth? Scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians from around the world will convene at the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Center for two days in September...

Monochromes: 1934 Photos Inside Yale Show How Dapper College Could Be

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...

Elvis Presley signs autographs for fans in Germany, ca. 1959

Elvis Presley riding a bike, stops to sign autographs for fans in Germany in 1959. (Library of Congress)

Monochromes: Look Around a Grand Knoxville Department Store in 1955

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 of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share?...

American Ballet Theatre donating archives to Library of Congress

3 weeks agoArts : Culture Monster

American Ballet Theatre is donating its sizable archives to the Library of Congress, which will open an exhibition focused on the renowned dance company in Washington on Aug. 14. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to Los Angeles next year.

Rigoberto González Lectures at the Library of Congress

We’ll close out the day by pointing you over to the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies’s Letras Latinas blog for this lecture by Rigoberto González, “Latino Poetry: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition,” presented at the Library of Congress this past April. González’s lecture references a number of poets, but hones in on [...]

Library of Congress discovers unreleased Duke Nukem game, chews bubblegum

Hail to the king of unlikely archival discoveries, baby. David Gibson, a moving image technician with the Library of Congress, stumbled upon a diamond in the rough while scouring through hundreds of games and game-related media artifacts submitted to...

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