April 11, 2014

Primary Source Spotlight: Vietnam War

Vietnam memorial soldiers

Vietnam Veteran collections All Vietnam veteran digitized oral history collections (some contain additional items such letters, photos, etc.) Select Vietnam veteran digitized collections Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 1 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 2 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 3 Vietnam War: Looking Back Part 4 Vietnam War image set Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson standing among group of Vietnamese soldiers and Americans during a visit to Saigon, South … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Vietnam

Bridge over branch of many-mouthed Mekong

Vietnam country profile Vietnam country study Vietnam primary source set World Digital Library Vietnam maps Vietnam images Group of children, with baskets, posed under palm tree, Saigon Group of ten workers posed by palm trees, Saigon Two women posed, seated, Saigon Mandarin, full length, seated, facing front, Saigon Elderly man watching two young boys Street in Saigon Municipal theatre and stand for "malabars," the oriental hansom cab Bridge over branch of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Chicago Cubs

Baseball game at historic Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Cubs historic image set Wrigley Field historic image set World Series of 1908 historic newspaper coverage Cubs Capture Place in Finals of Grand Grapple for Title, The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.), October 9, 1908, Last Edition, Page 10, Image 10, Cols. 1-5. Cubs Look Like Better Team than the Detroit Tigers, The Evening World (New York, NY), October 10, 1908, Final Results Edition, Image 7, Cols. 1-8. Detroit Wins Third Game, Deseret Evening News (Great Salt Lake … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Virgin Islands

The harbor, Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Today in History–March 31–the Library of Congress features the U.S. Virgin Islands. On this date in 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Danish West Indies, renaming them the Virgin Islands. The U.S. purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million because of their strategic location near the Panama Canal. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about these beautiful Caribbean islands. U.S. Virgin Islands primary source … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

World Spotlight: Ukraine

Album of the Coats of Arms of Ukraine

Ukraine primary source set World Digital Library Ukraine image set Ukraine maps Historic U.S. newspaper coverage of Ukraine (through 1922) Songs of Ukraine Ukrainian sheet music Foreign Affairs oral histories mentioning Ukraine First Lieutenant Clotilde Kaluta oral history video - WW II service locations: England & Ukraine Odessa: Genius & Death in a City of Dreams streaming webcast U.S. legislation related to Ukraine (through 2013) current legislation Guide … [Read more...]

Today in History: Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park, Maine

Today in History–February 26–the Library of Congress features Acadia National Park in Maine. On this day in 1919, Congress approved an Act to Establish the Lafayette National Park at Mt. Desert Island. Ten years later this coastal Maine park expanded and was renamed Acadia National Park. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section then discovering the primary source linked to below. Acadia National Park image set Acadia National Park maps Mount Desert national park (1918) "An … [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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: King Kamehameha

King Kamehameha [statue], Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

From America's Library: Born: Between 1740 and 1758 Died: May 8, 1819 King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was the head of a dynasty (a succession of rulers from the same family) that ruled the Hawaiian islands for more than a century. Legend has it that he was born at the time of the appearance of Halley's comet and that this was a sign that he would rise to greatness. The name Kamehameha (pronounced kuh-may-ha-may-ha) means "the one set apart." More King … [Read more...]