July 25, 2014

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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Design sketch for T-1 Locomotive Pennsylvania Railroad

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page Primary source sets Transportation image set Transportation maps Films & webcasts related to transportation Oral histories related to transportation Life history mentioning transportation Historical texts related to transportation Historical newspaper coverage: modes of transportation PSN curated … [Read more...]

Today in History: General John J. Pershing

General Pershing's Victory Visit to Philadelphia

Today in History–July 15–the Library of Congress features General John J. Pershing, who died on this date in 1948. Pershing received a hero's burial at Arlington National Cemetery, a fitting tribute to the only military leader since George Washington to earn the title General of the Armies of the United States. Find out more about this officer who led troops from the cavalry to World War I by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related … [Read more...]

Today in History: Frank Sinatra

Portrait of Frank Sinatra and Axel Stordahl

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features Frank Sinatra, who made his recording debut on this day in 1939 with the Harry James band. After, Sinatra sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before beginning his solo career. On his own, Sinatra became a teenage sensation but would later appeal to music and movie fans of multiple generations. Learn more about this talented artist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jelly Roll Morton

jellyroll

Today in History–July 10–the Library of Congress features jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton, who died on this day in 1941. Born Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe in New Orleans, Louisiana, Morton billed himself as "Jelly Roll" while playing minstrel and vaudeville shows. In addition to jazz, Morton also played ragtime, blues and spirituals. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more jazz resources from the Library. Jelly Roll Morton from America's … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alaska

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska maps Alaska images Alaska books Alaska reports & other texts Alaska sheet music Alaska songs Veteran oral histories: Alaska service Alaska films Alaska legislation Alaska Guide to Law Online Alaska Purchase primary source collections & teaching resources Iditarod primary source collection Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles & Souvenirs May to August … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Great Seal of the United States

E pluribus unum

Images Great Seal of the United States Reverse of the great seal of the United States Detail of northwest medallion at base (Great Seal of the United States) - District of Columbia War Memorial Great Seal of The United States made with lace Pic of the Week: A Great Seal Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business blog post April 29, 2011 Great seal of the U.S. embossing machine Affixes U.S. seal to all state documents Parade viewing stand with the Great Seal of the United … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yosemite

Yosemite Valley as seen from Discovery View

Today in History–June 30–the Library of Congress features Yosemite. On this day in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act, giving the valley and nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove to California "upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation." The area became a top tourist destination but towards the end of the century, there was support to return Yosemite to the federal government. In 1890, Yosemite National Park was … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Labor

The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 13 Nov. 1904

The Industrial Revolution in the United States primary source set Grace Abbott & child labor primary source collection The "Bonus" Army primary source collection Eight-Hour Work Day primary source collection First American Cotton Mill primary source collection Mexican Americans & United Farm Workers of America primary source collection America at Work, America at Leisure Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 National Child Labor … [Read more...]