December 19, 2014

Today in History: Suez Canal

Suez Canal

Today in History–November 17–the Library of Congress features the Suez Canal, opened on this day in 1869. The waterway connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Indian Ocean. The longest canal in the world without locks, this heavily-traveled channel stretches 101 miles across Egypt's Isthmus of Suez. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Suez Canal. U.S. Historical newspaper coverage of the Suez … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Astronomy

Planisphaerium coeleste : secundum restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam

Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Library collection Understanding the Cosmos primary source iBook Astronomy primary source set Astronomy maps Astronomy images Astronomy books and articles Historical newspaper coverage: astronomy through 1922 Astronomy and other "Onomies" sheet music The old country fiddler on astronomy audio recording Astronomy webcasts Everyday Mysteries: Astronomy (more everyday mysteries) U.S. legislation … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery (U.S.)

The slaves' dream

Library slavery collections Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves Caroline Hammond (a fugitive) "I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844...." The story of Charles Crawley, ex-slave "God knows, how old I am. All I know is, I wuz born 'fore de war...." Voices from the Days of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Los Angeles

Los Angeles as it appeared in 1871

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels) founded on this day in 1781. Located between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles remained independent until it was taken in a bloodless effort by U.S. forces during the Mexican American War. Originally focused on agriculture, Los Angeles is now known as a center for tourism and the entertainment industry as well as trade, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fall of Atlanta

How Sherman's veterans took Atlanta

Today in History–September 1–the Library of Congress features the fall of Atlanta. On this date in 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood evacuated and left the city in Union hands. The capture of this crucial Confederate supply center by William T. Sherman helped ensure the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln two months later. Find out more about the events preceding and following the fall of Atlanta by visiting the Today in History section, the click the links below to access … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Nevada

The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 23 May 1905

Nevada stories from America’s Library Nevada primary source set Nevada maps Nevada images Nevada sheet music Nevada songs & oral histories Nevada films and webcasts Nevada books & other texts Correspondence related to Nevada Nevada: U.S. legislation Nevada Guide to Law Online More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Russia & the former Soviet Union

Russia--administrative divisions

These primary source collections relate to Russia as well as the former Soviet Union. Russia primary source set World Digital Library Soviet Union primary source set World Digital Library Meeting of Frontiers, Russia & America in Alaska bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library Prokudin-Gorskii Collection color photos from the Russian empire 1905-1915 Revelations from the Russian Archives online exhibition Russian Photographs, 1992-2002: Reflections online … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]