September 19, 2022

Primary Source Spotlight: Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley image set James Meredith and NAACP lawyers Constance Baker Motley and Jack Greenberg photo Founding of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund memorandum from Thurgood Marshall Constance Baker Motley historical newspaper coverage NAACP lawyer Constance Baker Motley discusses her surprise at crowds at the March on Washington video Our Guest Speaker: Constance Baker Motley event program Supreme Court cases argued by Constance Baker Motley (9/10 success … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Black Women Achievements Against the Odds

Look closely at this source and respond to the questions below. Where is your eye drawn to first? Next? After? What do you notice about the source's design? What, in particular, stands out to you? Why do you think this source was created? How do you know? (Be sure to point to evidence from the source that supports your conclusion.) Take two minutes to make a list of names that you recognize and one fact about each. Pair up with another student and take one minute to share what you … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Black American History & Heritage

Primary source sets with teacher guides Baseball: Across a Changing Nation Civil War Images: Depictions of African Americans in the War Effort Harlem Renaissance Jim Crow in America The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Rosa Parks Veterans' Stories: Struggles for Participation Story maps Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said Freedom Susie King Taylor Curated resource sets - primary sources & secondary too Individuals … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Afghanistan

Afghanistan primary source set World Digital Library The Great Game and Afghanistan story map Voices from Afghanistan online exhibition highlighting citizen letters Afghanistan maps Afghanistan image set Films & webcasts related to Afghanistan Books & articles about Afghanistan Dance styles Pashtu Afghanistan Alan Lomax Collection Veteran oral histories Current Conflicts: Afghanistan and Iraq Persian Gulf and Iraq/Afghanistan:Women of Four Wars More … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Spring

Children of Spring 1888 verses and color illustrations Spring 1892 book of poetry Springtime and Other Verses 1910 The Springtime of Love and Other Poems 1914 Spring: historical newspaper articles & advertisements Spring oral history audio recordings Spring song recordings Springtime song recordings Spring sheet music Springtime sheet music Spring image set Springtime image set Library blog posts An 'Appalachian Spring' Collaboration In the Muse … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Dance

Curated collections of LOC.gov links Collection Spotlight: Katherine Dunham Selections Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham Today in History: George M. Cohan Today in History: Bob Fosse Today in History: Stravinsky & Balanchine Library collections An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev Bronislava Nijinska Collection … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Martha Graham

Martha Graham at the Library of Congress Martha Graham bio Martha Graham timeline Martha Graham images Martha Graham correspondence & other documents Martha Graham article clippings & program bills More Martha Graham clippings Martha Graham at the Library streaming webcast Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring streaming webcast Documenting Dance: The Making of Appalachian Spring p. 10 Library of Congress Magazine September/October 2014 More … [Read more...]

Collections 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 resources Images Videos Notes on Dunham's Work Katherine Dunham Timeline Katherine Dunham: A Life in Dance article Blog posts & articles Bringing History and Dance Together: The World of Katherine Dunham Teaching … [Read more...]

Today in History: Stravinsky & Balanchine

Today in History–December 1–the Library of Congress features the New York City Ballet premier of Agon, a collaboration between Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine, on this date in 1957. Both Russian émigrés and colleagues from the Paris Ballet Russes, Stravinsky was a top composer of ballet music and Balanchine a leading ballet choreographer. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links to related resources below. A Ballet for Balanchine American Treasures of … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Iowa

Iowa stories from America’s Library Iowa primary source set with Teacher’s Guide Iowa-focused primary source sets address national and international history as well as Iowa-specific history Iowa's People & Places primary & secondary sources Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Iowa maps Iowa images Iowa sheet music Iowa songs & oral histories Iowa books & other texts Iowa historical newspapers Iowa broadsides & printed ephemera Lao Natasinh … [Read more...]