October 19, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Supreme Court

United States Reports official reports of decisions for the United States Supreme Courtby Volume by Authoring Justice by Major Case TopicSupreme Court Nominations: ConfirmedSupreme Court Nominations: Not Confirmed or WithdrawnThe Supreme Court and the Constitution 1912More books about the Supreme CourtU.S. legislation related to the Supreme Court 1973 onSupreme Court historical newspaper coverageSupreme Court image setToday in History: John … [Read more...]

Today in History: County and State Fairs

Today in History–August 22–the Library of Congress features county and state fairs, many of which are held around this date. County and state fairs feature entertainment as well as showcase the agricultural industry and rural lifestyles. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources & more.County and State Fairs from America's LibraryCounty fair imagesA rube couple at a county fair 1904 filmCounty fair audio … [Read more...]

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields,  After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women Photojournalists

Below you will find links to biographies, images, and more resources related to women photojournalists from the Library of Congress. Late 1800s and early 1900s Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)bio Ladies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016 Birches at the Sprague Smith Studio (source record | curator note) More Jessie Tarbox Beals photographs Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals in New York newspapers historical newspaper coverage of Jessie Tarbox … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was born on Nov. 30, 1912 and died on March 7, 2006. A highly influential photographer, he contributed to the Farm Security Administration, Life Magazine, and Vogue, and also wrote books and poetry, composed music, and directed movies.Gordon Parks photographsTrumpet Awards honorees Tom Bradley, Gordon Parks, Maya Angelou and others 1994 photographGordon Parks mention in The Detroit tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 06 Nov. 1948Gordon Parks in Today in HistoryGordon … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hoover Dam

Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features the Hoover Dam, which got its start when President Calvin Coolidge signed the Boulder Canyon Project Act on this date in 1928. Originally known as the Boulder Dam, this wonder of civil engineering distributes water from the Colorado River for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.The … [Read more...]

Today in History: Halifax Explosion

Today in History–December 6–TPS-Barat features the Halifax explosion, which occurred on this day in 1917. The largest man-made explosion in history, killed nearly 2,000, injured around 9,000, and left approximately 6,000 people homeless. It's a story of local devastation but also of multinational cooperation. Click the primary sources and other resources below to learn more.Halifax explosion image setReport on the explosion 7th December, 1917 Canadian War MuseumReport of the Halifax … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish Passover

The Jewish passover of 1858 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1858 April 10American Colony (Jerusalem) Passover photos early 20th centuryMore Passover photosJewish Passover historical newspaper coverageSiddur: Jewish holy day prayer bookHagadat Pesaḥ ha-ḥadashah = The new Passover Haggadah 2006 bookHagadat MoriyahThe Moriah Haggadah English translation and explanation of imagesHaggadah shel Pesah (Passover Haggadah) curator noteJoel ben Simeon & the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Esther Bubley

Esther Bubley images +2,000Esther Bubley biographical information & collection guideWomen Come to the Front: Esther Bubley background information & select imagesLadies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016Women Photojournalists Picture This January 8, 2016Documenting America, 1935-1943: The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photo Collection streaming webcastEsther Bubley Photography Archive  … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yugoslavia

Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features Yugoslavia, or the“Land of the South Slavs”, formed on this date in 1929. The kingdom included the regions of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. In the early 1990s, most of the countries had declared their independence; the last to become independent nations were Montenegro and Serbia in 2006. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]