April 18, 2014

Today in History: R.M.S. Titanic

Heroes of the ocean in memory of the Titanic disaster

Today in History–April 14–the Library of Congress features the R.M.S. Titanic, which struck an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland on this date in 1912 and sank to the bottom of the sea just a few short hours later. Find out more about the tragic maiden voyage of the Titanic by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to learn more. Titanic image set Titanic sheet music Titanic song recordings Titanic-related legislation Titanic books In Memoriam, … [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...]

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...]

City Spotlight: Boston

Indexed map of Boston

Boston maps Boston image set from American Memory More Boston images Canoeing on the Charles River, Boston, Mass 1904 film TR attends his son Archie's wedding at Boston 1917 Boston books & articles Boston correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts Boston sheet music "The Boston Burglar" song lyrics Boston songs (audio recordings) Boston legislation … [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...]

Presidential Spotlight: Millard Fillmore

Millard Fillmore, American candidate for president of the United States

Millard Fillmore image set Millard Fillmore correspondence Millard Fillmore's messages to Congress Message to the Senate announcing the death of President Zachary Taylor  July 9, 1850 First Annual Message to Congress Second Annual Message to Congress Third Annual Message to Congress "Read! Read!!" Being a reply to "a statement proving Millard Fillmore, the candidate of the Whig party for the office of Vice President, to be an abolitionist Fugitive slave bill ... Approved, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: George Washington Carver & Tuskegee Institute

George Washington Carver, half-length portrait

From America's Library: Born: About 1864 (exact date is unknown) Died: January 5, 1943 George Washington Carver was born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, around 1864. He is one of the nation's most famous agricultural scientists. He is best known for his research on peanuts and his commitment to helping poor Southern African American farmers. Carver worked at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for most of his adult life. In 1943, soon after Carver's death, President Franklin D. Roosevelt … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Teddy Bears

Theodore Roosevelt as Rough Rider with Clifford Berryman's bear

Teddy bears got their name from Theodore Roosevelt. He had a soft heart for animals in general and in particular for a bear that his aides cornered and thought he would like as a hunting trophy. The incident inspired the cartoon illustration above which, in turn, inspired a New York toy store owner to create a toy stuffed bear he called "Teddy's bear".  Below you can find out more of the story and then explore teddy bear resources from the Library of Congress. The teddy bear story from … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Abraham Lincoln

Plaque of Abraham Lincoln

From America’s Library: Born: February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky Died: April 15, 1865, assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Known for leading the country through the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. His eloquence is evident in many speeches including his most famous one, the Gettysburg Address. His second inaugural address, which includes the phrase, "With malice toward none; with charity for all..." is inscribed on one wall of … [Read more...]