July 29, 2016

Primary Source Learning: Civil War

Civil War photograph lessons & activities The Mathew Brady Bunch New Technologies and New Uses Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks What Do You See? Civil War Photojournalism: A Record of War The Civil War Through a Child’s Eye Collection Connections teaching strategies & activities Abraham Lincoln Papers Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana Civil War Maps Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment Poet at Work: … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Sheet Music Scanner

Music is such a powerful primary source and can really help us connect to and engage with a person or an event. The Library of Congress is full of digital music resources, including numerous sheet music collections and items.  But what to do if you would like to hear the music but cannot play an instrument yourself? Well, finally, there's an app for that! Thanks to Library of Congress Teacher in Residence Tom Bober for uncovering this wonderful tool! Currently the Sheet Music Scanner app is only … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gibson Girls

From the Library of Congress: An acclaimed master of pen-and-ink drawing, Charles Dana Gibson (1867–1944) came of age when the expansion of women's roles and increasing social mobility were changing America. After training at the Art Students League in New York City and in Europe, Gibson began to create satirical illustrations based on his observations of upper-middle-class life for such mainstream magazines as Life, Collier's Weekly, Harper's Weekly, Scribner's, and Century. In the 1890s he … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jazz Music

Jazz audio recordings Jazz webcasts and performance videos Jazz image set Gottlieb jazz photos on Flickr "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free" images & score Jazz sheet music Jazz life histories Jazz Chicago 1 Jazz Chicago 2 Jazz Chicago style Jazz magazine clippings from the William P. Gottlieb collection Historic newspaper coverage: jazz (through 1922) More jazz texts Joslyn Art Museum: Jazz on the Green A Local Legacy "The Faces of Jazz" … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Arctic Circle & the North Pole

Arctic Region Library of Congress Places in the News November, 2011 Arctic National Geographic Encyclopedic Entry Arctic Region maps Arctic image set Arctic Circle image set Streaming webcasts Finding the Antipodes: history and cartography of the Arctic and the Antarctic 2015/05/14 Day 1 morning Day 1 afternoon Day 2 My Winter in Greenland & Summer in Antarctica 2012/09/12 Big Ice Sheets Doing Big Things: Why It's a Big Deal 2011/07/20 On Thin Ice: … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Carpet-bagger

Read this brief description of carpetbaggers and scalawags from History.com. Next review this Encyclopedia of Virginia entry on Benjamin F. Butler, being sure to read at least the introductory paragraph as well as the first paragraph under the New Orleans header. Now look closely at the cover of this sheet music. Describe the perspective of carpetbaggers that you think this song takes and provide reasons for your conclusion. If possible, get someone to play the tune then closely read through … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

  War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February 12, 2013 New Orleans historical newspapers Books & other texts related to New … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Poughkeepsie, where New York voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788. The city is located along the Hudson River about midway between New York City and Albany. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie images Poughkeepsie maps Poughkeepsie Polka sheet music Foreign Affairs oral history mentions of … [Read more...]