August 21, 2014

State Spotlight: Iowa

Galbraith's railway mail service maps, Iowa

Iowa stories from America’s Library Iowa primary source set Iowa maps Iowa images Iowa sheet music Iowa songs & oral histories Iowa books & other texts Iowa historical newspapers Iowa broadsides & printed ephemera Lao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa webcast Writers from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their Work Iowa: U.S. legislation Iowa Guide to Law Online More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison biographical information from University of Virginia Miller Center Term: 23rd President of the United States (1889–1893) Born: August 20, 1833, North Bend, Ohio Nickname: “Kid Gloves Harrison,” “Little Ben” Education: Miami University (Ohio), graduated 1852 Religion: Presbyterian Marriage: October 20, 1853, to Caroline Lavinia Scott (1832–1892) April 6, 1896, to Mary Scott Lord Dimmick (1858–1948) Children: Russell Benjamin (1854–1936), Mary Scott (1858–1930), Elizabeth … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Georgia, USA

At a Georgia campmeeting

Georgia stories from America’s Library Georgia primary source set Georgia maps Georgia: select images More Georgia images Georgia sheet music Georgia songs & oral histories Georgia WPA life histories Georgia books & other texts Georgia historical newspapers Georgia legislation Georgia Guide to Law Online City Spotlight: Columbus, Georgia More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alcatraz Island

View of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

Today in History–August 11–the Library of Congress features Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. On this date in 1934 a group of federal prisoners arrived at the newly opened Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, designed as a high-security, escape-proof fortress. Before that, the island had been used to house military prisoners. Alcatraz is an English version of the Spanish name—Isla de los Alcatraces (Isle of the Pelicans)—given by Juan Manuel de Ayala following his 1775 exploration. Later, it was … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Germany

Suderode, Halle, Germany Saxony, Germany

Germany: country profile Germany country study East Germany country study Germany primary source set World Digital Library Germany maps Germany image set Books & other texts about Germany & Germans 1900-1939 German language newspaper published in American through 1922 Germany mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Trial of the Major War Criminals before the International Military Tribunal Nuremberg, Germany 14 Novr 1945 - 1 Oct. 1946 official … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: League of Nations

The League of Nations

Topics in Chronicling America - League of Nations More League of Nations historical newspaper coverage through 1922 League of Nations texts, including address transcripts 1916-1929 Speeches about the League of Nations audio recordings and transcripts League of Nations mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection League of Nations sheet music Why did Congress Reject the League of Nations? primary source lesson plan World War I primary source … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Chester A. Arthur

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The death of President Garfield--Judge Brady administering the Presidential oath to Vice-President Arthur Chester A. Arthur images & political cartoons Chester Arthur Papers webcast Chester A. Arthur books & other texts Historical newspaper coverage for President Arthur "Chester Alan Arthur" The Bay State Monthly Volume 1, Issue 5, May, 1884 Sheet music President Arthur's grand march by C. Carlberg President Arthur's grand march by A. H. Rosewig … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fourteenth Amendment

Mending the family kettle

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. On this date in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the amendment The 14th amendment granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States", including former slaves freed after the Civil War. Referred to as one of the "Reconstruction Amendments", this amendment also prohibits states … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

Religion

PSN primary source collections Today in History: Religious Freedom Today in  History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Today in History: Cardinal James Gibbons Today in History: Anne Marbury Hutchinson Today in History: William Penn Today in History: Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Today in History: Phyllis Wheatley American Memory Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 Early … [Read more...]