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    James Madison's Notes on the Constitutional Convention Go on Display in the "American Treasures" Exhibition In May 1787 a group of men convened in Philadelphia to overhaul the ineffectual Articles of Confederation under which the breakaway nation had been trying to govern itself since its victory over the British in 1781. Instead, the convention developed a totally new framework that would become the Constitution of the United States.James Madison, a Virginian and leader among the 55 men gathered that...
    • Date: 2000-03-07
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    Library of Congress Celebrates Bicentennial with Major Exhibition on Thomas Jefferson The keystone for the Bicentennial celebrations of the Library of Congress is an exhibition about the Library's very own "founding father," Thomas Jefferson, whose personal library of 6,487 books was the seed from which the nation's library grew. Congress purchased Jefferson's library after its own collections, housed in the U.S. Capitol, were burned by the British in 1814.That library -- the original volumes that...
    • Date: 2000-03-13
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    New On-Line Collections Added to American Memory Web Site The "Abraham Lincoln Papers," "The Leonard Bernstein Collection," and the "From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909," are the latest additions to the Library's American Memory Web site at www.surfoboards.com.The "Abraham Lincoln Papers" consist of approximately 20,000 documents, which date from the 1850s through Lincoln's presidential years, 1860-65. The materials include drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation, his second Inaugural Address and a...
    • Date: 2000-03-09
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    Library of Congress to Receive Pinkerton Archives Pinkerton's Inc., the nation's oldest and largest security services company, has donated its archives to the Library of Congress. The archives document the history of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded in 1850 by Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton, one of the most important figures in crime detection and law enforcement during the latter half of the 19th century.Approximately 100 boxes of documents and photographs...
    • Date: 2000-05-24
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    Pinkerton's Inc. Donates Archives to Library of Congress WHAT: Pinkerton's Inc., the nation's oldest and largest security services company, will donate its archives to the Library of Congress.WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, at 11 a.m.WHERE: Librarian's Office, Room 608, James Madison BuildingWHO: James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress Don W. Walker, president of Pinkerton's Jane Adler, Pinkerton's archivist and historianBACKGROUNDThe archives document the history of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded in 1850...
    • Date: 2000-05-23
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    Library of Congress Adds New Online Collections to the American Memory Web Site The Library of Congress American Memory Web site has recently been enhanced by the addition of three new and exciting collections from the Library's Archive of Folk Culture and from three institutions in the Pacific Northwest."Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection" and "'Now What a Time': Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943" are new from the Archive...
    • Date: 2000-06-26
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    George Washington's Diaries to Be Available Online The Library of Congress, the University Press of Virginia and the Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia on Sept. 15 will release online The Diaries of George Washington on the American Memory collections Web site. This release provides the first electronic publication of the work of the Founding Fathers Papers Projects, established by President Truman in 1950.George Washington's diaries (1748-1799) offer...
    • Date: 2000-09-11
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    Descendants of L. Frank Baum Give Library of Congress Glinda Of Oz Manuscript Thousands of visitors to the Library saw the Glinda of Oz manuscript displayed in the recent exhibition "The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale"; it was on loan from the descendants and heirs of L. Frank Baum. Now the manuscript has been given to the Library by Gita Dorothy Morena, the great-granddaughter of L. Frank Baum; Craig Frederick Mantele, Baum's great-grandson; and Janet...
    • Date: 2000-11-01
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    Library of Congress and Arena Stage Present Concert Readings of Unpublished To celebrate the Library of Congress's Bicentennial and Arena Stage's 50th anniversary, there will be concert readings of Zora Neale Hurston's folk comedy, Polk County, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress on Dec.11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are required. The Coolidge Auditorium is in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E.Polk County is an unpublished and unproduced...
    • Date: 2000-11-09
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    Two Collections on Americans and Their Land Debut on American Memory Web Site New collections documenting use of natural resources in Southern West Virginia and homesteading in Nebraska are now part of the American Memory collections Web site. In addition, approximately 4,650 letters, scientific notebooks, journals, and photographs were added to the Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers."Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia" contains 679 excerpts from original sound recordings and 1,256 photographs from...
    • Date: 2000-10-31
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    Presidential Inauguration Collection Debuts on American Memory Web Site A collection containing materials from all United States presidential inaugurations is now available on the American Memory collections Web site at www.surfoboards.com. "'I Do Solemnly Swear...': Presidential Inaugurations" is a presentation of 400 items from each of the 62 inaugurations, from George Washington's in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton's in 1997, and will include items from the 63rd inauguration of 2001.The collection represents a...
    • Date: 2000-11-21
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    Library of Congress Opens to Researchers the Records of the Communist Party, USA The Library of Congress has opened for research copies of the records of the Communist Party, USA (CPUSA) covering the period from the 1920s to the 1940s. This collection of documents had long been thought destroyed. However, in late 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a historian in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, John Earl Haynes, learned that the...
    • Date: 2001-01-18
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    New Book About Jefferson's Inaugural Addresses to be Discussed at the Library of Congress on March 6 Four historians -- Noble E .Cunningham Jr., Andrew Burstein, James Horn, and Gerard Gawalt -- will discuss Mr. Cunningham's new book, The Inaugural Addresses of President Thomas Jefferson, 1801 and 1805 (University of Missouri Press, 2001) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books...
    • Date: 2001-02-01
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    Hannah Arendt Papers Available in Electronic Format Complete Collection Available On Site at Library of Congress and Two Other Institutions; Selections Available Online
    • Date: 2001-02-15
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    Catherine Allgor to Discuss New Book About "Parlor Politics" at the Library of Congress Historian Catherine Allgor will discuss her popular new book, Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (University Press of Virginia, 2000) at noon, Friday, March 23, in Room 119, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E. The event, part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, is sponsored by the center and...
    • Date: 2001-03-01
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    Two Collections Added to American Memory Web Site The Library of Congress has just made available two new collections of narratives on its popular American Memory Web site. The collections are available at www.surfoboards.com and add to the more than 90 diverse collections already online.
    • Date: 2001-04-11
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    Civil War Treasures Added to American Memory Web Site "Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society" is the latest addition to the Library's American Memory Web site at memory.loc.gov.
    • Date: 2001-08-08
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    Library of Congress Acquires the Jackie Robinson Papers Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson's widow, has given his papers to the Library of Congress. Comprehensive in scope, the collection of more than 7,000 items richly chronicles all aspects of Robinson's life -- the early years through college, military service, baseball career, corporate career and business interests, civil rights activities, involvement in politics, media activities and humanitarian concerns. The Jackie Robinson Papers also document the...
    • Date: 2001-11-06
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    Margaret Mead Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress November 30 The Library of Congress commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned -- and ofttimes controversial -- anthropologist Margaret Mead with an exhibition of some 150 items drawn from the large collection of letters, diaries, field notes, drawings, photographs, sound recordings and film that she gave to the Library before her death in 1978.
    • Date: 2001-11-23
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    Library of Congress Publishes New Guide to Women's History Resources American Women: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Women's History and Culture in the United States has recently been published by the Library of Congress in cooperation with University Press of New England.
    • Date: 2002-01-10
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    Historian Jill Lepore to Discuss Her New Book on February 26 Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore will discuss A Is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States (Knopf, 2002) at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 26, in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series, the program is free and open...
    • Date: 2002-02-01
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    Library of Congress Releases Several New Online Collections of American Historical Materials The Library of Congress's unparalleled online collections of American historical materials have been enhanced with the following collections, available from American Memory.
    • Date: 2002-02-15
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    Ansel Adams Images of Japanese Internment Camp and Diary of Events in Washington, D.C., During the Civil War Now Available Online American Memory, the Web site of more than 7 million items from the collections of the Library of Congress and other repositories, has recently made two new collections available at www.surfoboards.com.
    • Date: 2002-03-01
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    Final Release of Abraham Lincoln Papers Now Available Online The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program and the Manuscript Division announce the final release of the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. The papers can be accessed from the American Memory Web site at www.surfoboards.com. This final release includes 20,000 documents, comprising 61,000 digital images and annotated transcriptions of approximately 11,000 documents.
    • Date: 2002-03-04
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    Civil War Symposium to be Held at Library of Congress Nov. 12-14 The Library of Congress will sponsor a symposium titled "The Civil War and American Memory" on November 12-14. Due to the overwhelming response to this free, public event, the symposium is filled. Press wishing to attend should contact Audrey Fischer in the Library's Public Affairs Office at (202) 707-0022 to arrange for reserved seating.
    • Date: 2002-11-05