November 16, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on June 14, 2017 and began serving on September 13, 2017. Her mission the Library's chief poet is to bring poetry to rural areas. "I wanted to go into the more rural communities that don’t have programming on a consistent basis, where people’s lives are equally affected by the kinds of questions and memories that poems can draw upon. If writers and scholars are only talking to each other, we’re missing out on a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916. Learn more about this remarkable citizen by clicking the links below.Primary sourcesJeanette Rankin image set "'Wonder-Woman' is Miss Jeannette Rankin; Will be First of Sex to Sit in Congress" Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), November 11, 1916 "I can't vote for war" Jeanette Rankin in Atlanta Journal April 6, 1917 Ms. Jeanette Rankin: The Lady from Montana The New York Times … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Dorothea Dix

Dorothea L. Dix (1802-1887) was an actively engaged citizen who tirelessly advocated for help for the less fortunate, particularly the mentally ill. Use the resources below to learn more.Dorothea Lynde Dix portraitDorothea Lynde Dix to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, June 17, 1861 (transcription)To the Legislature of Massachusetts [protesting against the confinement of insane persons and idiots in almshouses and prisons] Dorothea Dix 1843Memorial soliciting a state hospital for the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Billy Collins

Billy Collins served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and then as New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. Collins is the author of 11 books of poetry and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2016.Integrating Tech: Poetry 180 a project of U.S. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy CollinsVideoPoetry 180: Bookfest 02 Poet Laureate Billy Collins Reads his Poems Everyday Moments Caught in Time Ted2012 2014 Book Festival Video (Poetry) 2014 Book … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan photosBetty Friedan The Feminine Mystique 1963A Conversation with Betty Friedan streaming webcast'The Revolution Is Not Over' Betty Friedan on Women Changing America Library of Congress Information Bulletin April 2005 - Vol. 64, No. 4109 HRES 695 IH: Honoring the life and accomplishments of Betty Friedan109 HCON 475 IH: To congratulate the National Organization of Women on its 40th anniversaryFirst Measured Century: Interview: Betty Friedan PBSBetty … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm

U.S. legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Representative Shirley Chisholm 1969-1983U.S. legislation related to Representative Shirley Chisholm 1984 to presentShirley Chisholm image setDiplomat oral histories mentioning Shirley Chisholm (search the .pdf documents for Chisholm)Aaron Dixon civil rights oral history transcript discussing Shirley Chisholm"Women on the Ballot" Library of Congress Magazine January/February 2017 (pp. 16-19)"Women on the Move" Library of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham

Martha Graham bioMartha Graham timelineMartha Graham imagesMartha Graham correspondence & other documentsMartha Graham article clippings & program billsMore Martha Graham clippingsMartha Graham at the Library streaming webcastBallet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring streaming webcastDocumenting Dance: The Making of Appalachian Spring p. 10 Library of Congress Magazine September/October 2014More Appalachian Spring primary sources & resources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy the Kid

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character.Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America's LibraryYoung Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015The Authentic Life of … [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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Pablo Neruda

Poet Pablo Neruda was born as Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile in 1904. He is the author of more than fifty books, mostly of poetry and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Learn more about this wondrous wordsmith by investigating the resources below.Pablo Neruda reading his poem, Alturas de Macchu Picchu June 20, 1966 audio recordingPablo Neruda image setPablo Neruda brief biography (in English and Spanish)Pablo Neruda biography & bibliography … [Read more...]