November 19, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith The Poet & the Poem audio podcastThis is My Story: Getting to Know Patricia Smith From the Catbird Seat blog February 9, 2015Patricia Smith's "Words That Force Us to Look" From the Catbird Seat April 22, 2013Library Awards Patricia Smith the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry December 22, 2014Patricia Smith Bookfest bioPatricia Smith: 2009 National Book Festival webcastNecessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force 2013/05/01 webcastPatricia Smith … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman fingerprinted

Complete a primary source analysis of this image using the Library's primary source analysis tool. Then click the image above to see if the information found in the curator's note there answers any of your questions.paper (.pdf) digital padletFind out more about the woman in this image by investigating this related primary source set. Were you able to find answers to any of your analysis questions? Which ones? Describe what else you learned.Can you find a discrepancy between … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Katherine Dunham Selections

This collection contains moving and still images, highlighting the dancer’s early explorations as an anthropologist observing movement types and dance forms in Haiti, Trinidad, Martinique, and Jamaica as well as Dunham performing and teaching.Collection resourcesImages Videos Notes on Dunham's Work Katherine Dunham Timeline Katherine Dunham: A Life in Dance articleAdditional Dunham resourcesA Life in Dance: Dunham Created New Forms in Choreography Library of Congress … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Slavery (U.S.)

Library slavery collectionsBorn in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slavesCaroline Hammond (a fugitive) "I was born in Anne Arundel County near Davidsonville about 3 miles from South River in the year 1844...." The story of Charles Crawley, ex-slave "God knows, how old I am. All I know is, I wuz born 'fore de war...."Voices from the Days of … [Read more...]