One of the great things about my job is that the work changes on a daily basis. At the risk of over-simplifying: I oversee Manuscript Division collections that relate to domestic policy, which includes congressional papers, certain cabinet officials, non-government organizations, journalists, Supreme Court Justices and Federal Court Judges, and our LGBTQ collections.
In 2017 we highlighted the work of female photojournalists Helen Johns Kirtland and Toni Frissel. During World War I Kirtland, one of many photographers putting faces and places to “the war to end all wars,” did photographic work for Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly and other periodicals as well as the Red Cross and United States Army and […]
Music has always been a part of major events in history, frequently used to persuade listeners to adopt a point of view or to take action. This was certainly the case during World War I.
The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators.
This post is by Sahr Conway-Lanz of the Library of Congress. Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with. As one of the historians in the Manuscript Division, one of my primary responsibilities is collecting archival materials that document the foreign policy and military history of the twentieth […]
Though away from home, the members of the Colony celebrated Independence Day. The picture below shows the Colony's pageant at the start of the 20th century.
This year marks the centennial anniversary of both the U.S. entry into World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, the events that led to the fall of Russia's tsarist government and the eventual birth of the U.S.S.R. By analyzing reports in historic newspapers, students can explore the Great War’s role as a possible catalyst in starting the revolution and U.S. responses to the rise of communism in Russia.
Learn more about Memorial Day and how it has been commemorated using the following blog posts from the Library of Congress.
Identifying and reflecting on multiple perspectives can help students develop a more rounded, nuanced understanding of history.
When the United States entered World War I, it was also grappling with issues related to suffrage, immigration, and social inequality. The country needed the work of the entire populace to fuel its efforts in the Great War, and the nation's leadership tried to rally all people of the country around the war, urging all to unite against a common enemy. Students can examine primary sources from the Library of Congress to better understand how minority groups were recruited to help support the war effort.