August 18, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress contains recordings of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory. As of April, 2018, there are 200 artists represented the digital collection. There is a biography for each artist and each of those links to one or more recordings featuring readings and commentary on their work. Happy poetry month!Collection … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Sweden

Sweden country profile BBCSweden timeline BBCSweden primary source set from the World Digital LibrarySweden mapsSweden image setSwede personal narrativesSwede oral history interviewsU.S. veteran oral histories (service in Sweden)Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning SwedenSwedish American SongSwedish sheet musicSwedish song recordingsBooks, articles and other texts about SwedenThomas Jefferson correspondence related to … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is a project of two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2002-2003) Billy Collins. The Poetry Foundation describes Mr. Collins, "Dubbed 'the most popular poet in America' by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself." In an October, 2002 webcast discussing Poetry 180, Mr. Collins described his vision to … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Kentucky

Kentucky stories from America’s LibraryFighting (Civil War ) for Kentucky Today in History: October 8Kentucky primary source setKentucky image set from American MemoryMore Kentucky imagesKentucky mapsKentucky books, articles & personal narrativesKentucky oral historiesKentucky historical newspapersKentucky historical periodicalsKentucky sheet musicKentucky songs (streaming audio)Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers (streaming … [Read more...]

Today in History: Kentucky Derby

Today in History–May 17–the Library of Congress features the Kentucky Derby, first run on this day in 1875. The oldest thoroughbred horse race in the United States, this famous event held at Churchill Downs in Kentucky was begun by Meriwether Lewis Clark, child of William Clark who named his son after his exploration partner Meriwether Lewis. Learn more about the race and and the state of Kentucky by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source … [Read more...]