April 19, 2014

State Spotlight: Massachusetts

Massachusetts: Frederick Douglass

Massachusetts stories from America’s Library Massachusetts primary source set Massachusetts maps Pictorial Americana: Selected images of Massachusetts More Massachusetts images Featured Image: Massachusetts Did It Photographs of the sea floor of western Massachusetts Bay July 1999 Massachusetts historic films Massachusetts oral histories Massachusetts song recordings Whaling song Young Johhny Massachusetts sheet music & song sheets Massachusetts books … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: Boston

Indexed map of Boston

Boston maps Boston image set from American Memory More Boston images Canoeing on the Charles River, Boston, Mass 1904 film TR attends his son Archie's wedding at Boston 1917 Boston books & articles Boston correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts Boston sheet music "The Boston Burglar" song lyrics Boston songs (audio recordings) Boston legislation … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: New York

Sunnyside--on the Hudson

New York stories from America’s Library New York primary source set New York state maps Greater New York Illustrated (1899) Pictorial Americana: Selected images of New York state New York state images from American Memory More New York state images New York state books & articles New York historic newspapers New York state reports, printed ephemera, correspondence & other texts New York state sheet music New York state oral histories & … [Read more...]

Today in History: St. Patrick’s Day

Erin is calling

Today in History–March 17–the Library of Congress features St. Patrick's Day. This Irish and Irish-American holiday commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland who, as legend has it, died on this date circa 492. The holiday has been celebrated in the United States since the 18th century. Across the country today, many people celebrate with parades and by wearing the color green. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to uncover St. Patrick's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell's design sketch of the telephone

Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell's knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help save President James A, Garfield. Unfortunately, the attempt to locate the assassin's bullet was unsuccessful. … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore, American candidate for president of the United States

Millard Fillmore image set Millard Fillmore correspondence Millard Fillmore's messages to Congress Message to the Senate announcing the death of President Zachary Taylor  July 9, 1850 First Annual Message to Congress Second Annual Message to Congress Third Annual Message to Congress "Read! Read!!" Being a reply to "a statement proving Millard Fillmore, the candidate of the Whig party for the office of Vice President, to be an abolitionist Fugitive slave bill ... Approved, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Hockey

How to play ice hockey

Hockey image set (ice and field hockey) More hockey images from the Chicago Daily News collection How to play hockey guides & other books (ice and field hockey) Historical newspaper coverage of ice hockey (to 1922) Historical newspaper coverage of field hockey (to 1922) Hockey match on the ice (1898 film) King of Winter Sports | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business blog post … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: George Washington Carver & Tuskegee Institute

George Washington Carver, half-length portrait

From America's Library: Born: About 1864 (exact date is unknown) Died: January 5, 1943 George Washington Carver was born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the nation's most famous agricultural scientists. He is best known for his research on peanuts and his commitment to helping poor Southern African American farmers. Carver worked at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for most of his adult life. In 1943, soon after Carver's death, President Franklin D. Roosevelt … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Harriet Tubman

Moses of her people - San Francisco Call

From America's Library Born: c. 1820, Dorchester County, Maryland Died: March 10, 1913, Auburn, New York Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave from Maryland who became known as the "Moses of her people." Over the course of 10 years, and at great personal risk, she led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom. She later became a leader in the abolitionist movement, and during … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Abraham Lincoln

Plaque of Abraham Lincoln

From America’s Library: Born: February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky Died: April 15, 1865, assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Known for leading the country through the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. His eloquence is evident in many speeches including his most famous one, the Gettysburg Address. His second inaugural address, which includes the phrase, "With malice toward none; with charity for all..." is inscribed on one wall of … [Read more...]