September 23, 2019

Today In History: Toni Morrison

Today in History–August 5–the Primary Source Nexus features Toni Morrison, who died at the age of 88 on this date in 2019. Her novel Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 and Morrison was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature for “novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, [giving] life to an essential aspect of American reality.” In 2000, the Library of Congress named her a Living Legend; in 2011, it awarded her the Library of Congress National Book Festival … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emmeline Pankhurst

From the Library of Congress: Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was the unchallenged leader of the direct action wing of the British suffrage movement. She had, followers claimed, "invented most of the ingenious and daring devices of the "Militant Suffragette' which have stirred up so much discussion throughout the civilized world." Primary sources Emmeline Pankhurst image set Emmeline Pankhurst news clippings and other texts More Emmeline Pankhurst texts Emmeline Pankhurst U.S. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Music

National Jukebox PSN curated primary source sets American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Marian Anderson California Folk Music Project George M. Cohan Aaron Copland Duke Ellington James Reese Europe Ella Fitzgerald George Gershwin & Gullah Culture Dizzy Gillespie W.C. Handy & the Blues Victor Herbert Billie Holiday Jazz Music Julia Ward Howe Mahalia Jackson Louis Jordan Jenny Lind Metropolitan Opera House … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Polio

Historical newspaper coverage of polio A Special Report on Polio 1955 film U.S. legislation related to polio from 1985 on What is Polio? CDC When Polio Was Defeated by a Vaccine…and a Seven-Year-Old Girl Now See Hear! blog post October 28, 2014 Whatever happened to polio? Smithsonian National Museum of American History Polio timeline History of Vaccines, College of Physicians of Philadelphia Jonas Salk historical newspaper coverage Jonas Salk speech at the National Press … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jefferson Davis Captured

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis by Union troops on this day in 1865. The capture thwarted Davis’ plan to escape by sea from the east coast of Florida and then to sail to Texas where he hoped to establish a new Confederacy. He was sent, along with his family, to Fort Monroe in Virginia. There he was placed in solitary confinement and indicted for treason but was never tried. Davis was released two years later, in May … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Pakistan

Pakistan: Places in the News articles Pakistan country profile Pakistan country study Pakistan profile BBC Pakistan timeline BBC Pakistan primary sources from the World Digital Library Pakistan maps Pakistan images Audio recordings related to Pakistan Pakistan: U.S. veteran’s oral histories Alan Lomax Collection Manuscripts, Pakistani indigenous singing groups Manuscripts, Performance style, Choreometrics, sources, Correspondence and notes by culture, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Peru

Peru: Places in the News Peru country study Country profile: Peru BBC Peru timeline BBC Peru primary source set from the World Digital Library Peru images Peru maps Pizarro in Peru sheet music Peruvian song recordings Peru literary recordings Manuscripts, Performance style, Choreometrics, sources, Correspondence and notes by culture, Peru Alan Lomax Collection Service in Peru: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: World War I Hello Girls

Hello Girls: Topics in Chronicling America timeline and select newspaper articles Hello Girls articles from The Stars and Stripes Hello Girls articles from New York newspapers More Hello Girls historical newspaper coverage Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act legislation Women and the War Effort article from Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918 to 1919 Hello Girls Answer Uncle Sam's Call Headlines & Heroes blog January 29, 2019 100 … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music 

Music has long had a powerful connection to social and political movements. The Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music collection spans the years 1838-1923 and includes over 200 pieces of sheet music written by notable composers and everyday citizens and representing the views of both suffragists and anti-suffragists. Collection items Essays Music in the Women's Suffrage Movement Highlighted Sheet Music Selections Learning integration resources Singing for Women's … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Science & Technology

Primary source sets People John James Audubon Astronomer & Mathematician Benjamin Banneker Alexander Graham Bell Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Daniel Burnham Rachel Carson George Washington Carver Marie Curie Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre Clarence Darrow Thomas A. Edison Cyrus Eidlitz Albert Einstein Gilbert Grosvenor & National Geographic Elias Howe & the Sewing Machine Inventors Benjamin Henry Latrobe Thomas Moran Samuel Morse … [Read more...]