The Library of Congress recently digitized rare 19th-century photographs of African American women active in suffrage, civil rights, temperance, education, reform, and journalism.
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575,000 Images by Civil Rights Photographer Bob Adelman Go to Library of Congress
The institution has acquired a massive archive of Adelman’s work, including his 1960s photographs of the Civil Rights Movement.
Library of Congress and Digital Public Library of America Launch Partnership with Maps
The Library of Congress has joined the Digital Public Library of America as a content hub and is sharing around 5,000 objects from its map collections.
Digitizing the World’s Largest Braille Music Collection
Digitizing braille music isn’t as easy as just scanning the page. The tactile notations require multiple steps for accurate transcription, and their history of touch means the dots are sometimes smashed or otherwise unreadable.
Scarred Rejects from the Farm Security Administration’s Great Depression Photos
Spend some time browsing the 145,000 negatives at the Library of Congress from the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and an odd pattern will emerge.
Library of Congress Acquires Four Decades of Courtroom Art, Spanning Manson to Madoff
With some exceptions, courtrooms remain one of the few places where photography is forbidden, so sketching is a vital way of capturing the moods, emotions, and actions of what’s going on.
Why Cannibals Were on Every 16th-Century Map of the New World
Many of the first European maps of the Americas included warnings of cannibalism, despite no proof of such activity.
Library of Congress Acquires Portfolio of 681 Photos of US Public Libraries
There are over 16,000 public libraries in the United States, and although photographer Robert Dawson only visited a fraction — 526 over two decades — his series presents a diverse portrait of this community space.
Library of Congress Celebrates First Handwritten Bible Commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in Centuries
While the pomp around Pope Francis’s United States tour recedes, the Library of Congress is marking one lasting legacy with a rare bible given in honor of his visit.
From Camera Clubs to Syphilis: The WPA’s Practical, Modernist Posters
From 1936 to 1943, around 2,000 posters were created as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The Library of Congress Is Uploading 75 Years of Poetry and Literature Recordings
Yesterday selections from the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress became available to stream online for the first time.
From Set Models to Costume Drawings, Library of Congress Showcases Theatrical Design
In the performing arts, stage design often goes overlooked while the audience is captivated by the completely immersive experience of actors, scene, music, and costumes. The current Library of Congress exhibition Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design showcases this essential craft.