January 29, 2015

Primary Source Spotlight: Football

"Red" Harold Grange

This primary spotlight shines a light on the sport of American football. National Football League background information and links Library of Congress Business Reference Services Turf Wars on the Football Field Inside Adams blog post February 1, 2013 Topics in Chronicling America - The 1905 Movement to Reform Football More historic newspaper coverage of football through 1922 Books about football 1871-1923 "Football" poem by Louis Jenkins U.S. legislation related to … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover brief bio Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover: American Famine relief Campaign song of Herbert Hoover 1829 presidential opponent Herbert Hoover 1930 judicial nomination of John Parker Herbert Hoover inauguration primary source set Herbert Hoover: Executive Order 5398 – Establishing the Veterans’ Administration The American Presidency Project Herbert Hoover mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History collection Herbert Hoover correspondence related to Orville … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Veterans Administration

Sculpture "Sentinel" at Philadelphia Veterans Administration, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Veterans Administration legislation Veterans Administration reports & other texts Veterans Administration oral histories James Allen Alford served in Veterans Administration Facility Gerald Caffrey served as a radio operator and Morse code interpreter; after retiring served as a Veterans Administration Chaplain Frank Foley served in Europe but did not see action in combat; worked in years after war at Veterans Administration hospital Kathryn Louis Harrrison Jones civilian … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

Pres. L.B. Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Bill

Lyndon B. Johnson oath of office Nov. 22, 1963 image and audio file Lyndon B. Johnson inauguration primary source set Jan. 20, 1965 Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs Jun. 24, 1961 from America's Library Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace webcast Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America webcast Master of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights

Civil rights march on Wash DC

Teaching resources NAACP primary source set with teacher guide Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing Civil Rights Act of 1964 educator webinar recording The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Idea Book for Educators Online exhibitions African American Odyssey: Civil Rights era With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty The NAACP: A Century … [Read more...]

Today in History: Missions of Old California

California missions

Today in History–January 12–the Library of Congress features the missions of Old California. On this date in 1777, Padre Thomas Peña founded Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of California's twenty-one missions. The first mission—San Diego de Alcala—was founded in 1769 by Padre Junípero Serra, who also oversaw the founding of the next eight, and the last—San Francisco de Solano—was founded in 1823.  The missions dotted the California coast from San Diego to Sonoma along El Camino Real (the Royal … [Read more...]

Today in History: George H.W. Bush

Chief Justice William Rehnquist administering the oath of office to George Bush

Today in History–January 6–the Library of Congress features George Herbert Walker Bush who married Barbara Pierce on this date in 1945 while on leave from active U.S. navy duty in World War II. Bush entered politics after a career in the Texas oil industry. He served in the House of Representatives in the 1960s and in the 1970s his political appointments included U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Charles Julius Guiteau

Guiteau letter

Today in History–December 31–the Library of Congress features presidential assassin Charles Julius Guiteau. On this date in 1881, Guiteau penned a New Year's letter to his jailer while awaiting trial for the assassination of President James Garfield.  On July 2, 1881 Guiteau had shot the newly elected president who died seventy-nine days later of infections from the bullet wound. Guiteau's trial was a national sensation and one of the first insanity pleas entered in a court of law. Discover more … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: The Nez Percé

Nez Perce Indians, Montana

Nez Percé images Indian (Nez Percé) Land Cessions in the U.S. 1784-1894 "The Nez Perce" The Galaxy, Volume 24, Issue 6, Dec 1877 "Lawyer of the Nez Perces" Washington Historical Quarterly 1934 Vol. 25, No. 1, p. 37-48 Historic newspaper coverage of the Nez Percé Oral history mentioning Nez Percé Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Reports & other texts of the Nez Percé U.S. legislation related to the Nez Percé Today in History: Chief Joseph Surrenders Nez … [Read more...]

Today in History: Christmas

Bethlehem. Church of the Nativity

Today in History–December 25–the Library of Congress features Christmas. Although the exact origins of this holiday are uncertain, the Christian church in Rome observed the Feast of the Nativity on this date in the year 336. Today, Christmas celebrations include both religious and secular traditions. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Christmas. Christmas image set Christmas sheet music Christmas songs … [Read more...]