Welcome back to Monochromes, a regular 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...
Black and white photos from the Library of Congress show New Yorkers rallying, praying, on June 6, 1944. Noon mass at Saint Vincent de Paul's Church on D-day. Noon mass at Saint Vincent de Paul's Church on D-day. Seven o'clock mass on...Show More Summary
The Law Library of Congress in Washington has released a new comparative report on the right to peaceful assembly in a number of countries: "Freedom of peaceful assembly is a recognized right under international human rights law. This...Show More Summary
The musician Billy Joel has received the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, honoring his life's work in songwriting. The prize, created by the Library of Congress in 2007, is named after songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Show More Summary
It was a pretty good crowd here in Washington Wednesday night at the DAR Constitution Hall when the Library of Congress honored Billy Joel with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Even the congressmen gave a smile, because they knew it was Joel they were coming to see, to forget about life for a while. […]
Photo taken in 1934 by Arthur C. Haskell via Library of Congress Classic 19th-century whale tale Moby-Dick was published on this day in 1851. Author Herman Melville, who spent time on a commercial whaling ship before writing vividly about Captain...
S pend some time on this Veterans Day perusing this new online exhibit from the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project: World I Remembered. It includes photographs, letters and other manuscripts of the Great War. Fascinating....Show More Summary
Scrawled in Medieval Latin on yellowing parchment, an original copy of the Magna Carta is now on view at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The historic charter turns 800 next year. To celebrate, the Library of Congress is hosting...Show More Summary
'Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier', May 1943. Photograph by John Collier via the Library of Congress The New York Times reports on seminars held to help local law enforcement get the most out of America's increasingly-used civil forfeiture laws. Show More Summary
As part of the exhibition "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor." [ more › ]
Britain's Princess Anne opened Thursday a 10-week exhibition at the Library of Congress that features one of only four surviving original copies of the nearly 800-year-old Magna Carta. The 64-year-old daughter of Queen Elizabeth hailed...Show More Summary
No need to practice those curtsies — it’s a relatively low-key visit to Washington for Princess Anne, who was at the Library of Congress on Thursday for the opening of an exhibit celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter cut the ribbon to the display (they must have a whole class […]
Via the Washington Post: A yellowing piece of parchment covered in Latin, the Magna Carta now on view at the Library of Congress is as charming as a tax form. Hey, no one ever said cornerstones of constitutional law and civil liberty had to be pretty. Magna Carta (experts drop the preceding “the”) got off to a rough start. Show More Summary
America awakes this morning to a Republican wave breaking over Washington and coursing across our nation. While some may view yesterday’s election results as simply a stamp of approval of “right vs left”, I think the nation as a whole said something far more meaningful than that. I believe a significant percentage of voters tried […]
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a petition to the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office this week over the modification of abandoned games, particularly those that require an online connection to prevent piracy. The EFF...
Illustration: Thomas Nast/Library of Congress; Scott Brown: Seamas Culligan/ZUMA Former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown's comeback bid hit a wall on Tuesday, as he failed to unseat New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Show More Summary
Steven Dick, a famed astronomer and historian, has completed a one-year residency at the Library of Congress, researching his next book, How the Discovery of Life Will Transform Our Thinking. In an exclusive interview posted on the Library's blog, he discusses such provocative issues as evolution on a cosmic scale. Read more...
Mark Twain is considered by some to be one of America's earliest celebrities — those book tours! the signature white suits! — and his legacy as a writer has proved to be one of the country's most lasting.
From the Cape to Cairo, Puck, 1902. (Source: Library of Congress, public domain). The White Man's burden has been turned against itself. If the British adhere to a higher standard of civilization, their behavior must likewise be judged by a higher standard. Show More Summary
In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, has been running an interview series featuring members of the library staff. The series started in late October 2010.There are more than 140 posts in the series. Show More Summary