October 17, 2017

Today in History: Compromise of 1850

Today in History–September 20–the Library of Congress features the abolishment of the slave trade in Washington D.C., which was a feature of a legislative package known as the Compromise of 1850. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary & secondary sources. Compromise of 1850: American Treasures of the Library of Congress Compromise of 1850 timeline and select documents January 29, 1850 : Senator Henry Clay … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse could be seen from coast to coast in the United States, the first time that had happened since Aug. 1918. Spark discoveries about solar eclipses with primary sources! Eclipse blog posts from the Library Chasing Shadows: Eclipses and Eclipse Observations in the Library of Congress Collections Inside Adams blog August 18, 2017 Looking to the Sky: Solar Eclipse 2017 Picture This August 16, 2017 Solar Eclipse: A Moment of Awe, Wonder, and Belief … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Dorothea Dix

Dorothea L. Dix (1802-1887) was an actively engaged citizen who tirelessly advocated for help for the less fortunate, particularly the mentally ill. Use the resources below to learn more. Dorothea Lynde Dix portrait Dorothea Lynde Dix to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, June 17, 1861 (transcription) To the Legislature of Massachusetts [protesting against the confinement of insane persons and idiots in almshouses and prisons] Dorothea Dix 1843 Memorial soliciting a state hospital for the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Spring

Children of Spring 1888 verses and color illustrations Spring 1892 book of poetry Springtime and Other Verses 1910 The Springtime of Love and Other Poems 1914 Spring: historical newspaper articles & advertisements Spring oral history audio recordings Spring song recordings Springtime song recordings Spring sheet music Springtime sheet music Spring image set Springtime image set Streaming webcasts Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish Passover

The Jewish passover of 1858 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1858 April 10 American Colony (Jerusalem) Passover photos early 20th century More Passover photos Jewish Passover historical newspaper coverage Hagadat Pesaḥ ha-ḥadashah = The new Passover Haggadah 2006 book Hagadat Moriyah The Moriah Haggadah English translation and explanation of images A Genzil for the Holidays life history interview Passover related sheet music K'shimcho Passover prayer, part 1 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Denali National Park

Originally established as Mt. McKinley National Park in 1917, today Denali National Park encompasses 600 million acres of land from low lying taiga forests to the summit of America's tallest peak Denali (20, 310 feet). Learn more about this magical place by clicking the links below. Alaska's High Point from America's Library Mt. McKinley National Park historical newspaper coverage Mount McKinley National Park historical newspaper coverage Teklanika River, Mount McKinley National … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe biography African-American History Month: James Reese Europe In the Muse blog February 24, 2010 James Reese Europe images Ragtime Dance: Castle Walk film Ragtime Dance: One Step Variation film James Reese Europe song recordings James Reese Europe sheet music James Reese Europe: timeline & select newspaper articles More James Reese Europe historic newspaper coverage Clef Club historic newspaper coverage 369th Infantry historic newspaper … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Snow

Snow images Snowflake images CCSS K-5 writing prompts Snow-related films The first sleigh-ride 1897 Sleighing scene 1898 Montreal Fire Department on runners (sleigh) 1901 Esquimaux village Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec 1902 Snow-related song recordings Land of snow and a thousand lakes (Tuhatjärvien lumien maa) Snow deer Snow flakes waltz When the snow birds cross the valley Snow sheet music Snowflake sheet music Picnic … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Gambia

Gambia primary source set World Digital Library Gambia country profile BBC Gambia timeline BBC The Gambia map Books & reports about Gambia Webcasts related to Gambia Oral histories mentioning Gambia from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Historical newspaper coverage of Gambia (through 1922) U.S. legislation related to Gambia Guide to Law Online: Gambia … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Australia

Places in the News: Australia February 2009 March 2010 April 2010 December 2010 Tasmania, Australia January 2013 Australia country profile BBC Australia timeline BBC Australia primary source set World Digital Library Australia maps Australia image set Australia sheet music Books & reports about Australia Webcasts related to Australia An evening of Australian poetry Vincent Buckley, David Malouf, and Les A. Murray reading their poems U.S. veteran … [Read more...]