May 27, 2020

Today in History: A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas
Today in History–December 24–the Library of Congress features the famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” penned by Clement C. Moore on this day in 1822. Today the poem is best known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Find out more about Moore and his famous tale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Santa Claus.

Featured Source: Why I Believe in Santa guided primary source analysis activity

A reprint of the first publication of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (c. 1830)

Christmas Carol. The visit of Saint Nicholas (broadside, 1842)

A Visit from Saint Nicholas (illustrated book, 1862)

Historic news pages: A Visit from Saint Nicholas

“A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (article showing poem in author longhand)

The Night Before Christmas (1901 audio recording)

The Night Before Christmas (1914 audio recording)

Poems by Clement C. Moore (book, 1844)

Santa Claus images

Santa Claus sheet music

Santa Claus tells about his toy shop (1918 audio recording)

Santa Claus visits the children (1921 audio recording)

Santa Claus tells of Mother Goose Land (1922 audio recording)

Santa Claus hides in your phonograph  (1922 audio recording)

Santa Claus books

Topics in Chronicling America – Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (1897-1920)

Santa Claus front-page news

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Library blog posts

Today in History: Christmas primary & secondary sources

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