August 17, 2018

World Spotlight: New Zealand

Places in the News: New ZealandApril 2009 September 2010 February 2011 September 2011 July 2013New Zealand country profile BBCNew Zealand timeline BBCNew Zealand primary source set World Digital LibraryNew Zealand mapsNew Zealand image setBooks & reports about New ZealandHistorical newspaper coverage of New ZealandU.S. veteran oral history collections (service in New Zealand)Oral history transcripts mentioning New Zealand from the Foreign … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Revolution

American Revolution primary source setThe American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts collectionMapping the American Revolution and Its EraAmerican Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis promptsOnline exhibitionsThe American Revolution - John Bull and Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations  Creating the United States: Revolution of the Mind Declaring Independence: Drafting the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Clara Barton & the Red Cross

Today in History–May 21–TPS-Barat features Clarissa "Clara" Barton, who founded the Red Cross on this date in 1881. A former teacher, Barton was working in the U.S. patent office at the start of the Civil War. Despite having little nursing training, Barton administered aid to soldiers at several battlefields,  After the war she established the Missing Soldier Office in Washington, D.C., led effort to establish a national cemetery at Andersonville Prison, and, in 1881, founded the American Red … [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: Tuskegee Airmen

Online exhibition itemsTuskegee Airmen Breaking Flight Barriers Tuskegee Airmen with Lena Horne The 332nd Fighter GroupTuskegee Airmen image setTuskegee Airmen in Art Exhibit The Detroit Tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 01 Sept. 1945Tuskegee pilots historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group veteran oral history collectionsWWII Reunion: Tuskegee Airmen streaming webcastPatriotism, Courage, Discipline, Skill … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skating

Figure skating"International Style" Figure Skating Championship March 20, 1914 from America's Library Ice-dancing, St. Moritz photograph Timeline & select historical newspaper articles More historical newspaper articles related to figure skating Olympic figure skating historical newspaper coverage How to become a skater; containing full instructions for excelling at figure and speed skating 1904 illustrated book A handbook of figure skating arranged for use on the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was born on Nov. 30, 1912 and died on March 7, 2006. A highly influential photographer, he contributed to the Farm Security Administration, Life Magazine, and Vogue, and also wrote books and poetry, composed music, and directed movies.Gordon Parks photographsTrumpet Awards honorees Tom Bradley, Gordon Parks, Maya Angelou and others 1994 photographGordon Parks mention in The Detroit tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 06 Nov. 1948Gordon Parks in Today in HistoryGordon … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Italy

Library blog posts related to ItalyEuropean Month of Culture: Spotlight on Italy In the Muse May 13, 2016 Alan Lomax in Italy: a letter to Goffredo Plastino Folklife Today May 21, 2015 Deciphering the Land: An Unknown Estate Survey Book from Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century Italy Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps February 19, 2016 The Italian Legislative Procedure In Custodia Legis June 17, 2013 Law, a Curse and Life in an Italian Ghetto In Custodia Legis … [Read more...]

Today in History: Haiti

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features Haiti. On this date in 1893 Frederick Douglass, who once served as U.S. minister to this caribbean country, delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Learn more Douglass' speech and the country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary and secondary sources.Lecture on Haiti, Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893Frederick … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hoover Dam

Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features the Hoover Dam, which got its start when President Calvin Coolidge signed the Boulder Canyon Project Act on this date in 1928. Originally known as the Boulder Dam, this wonder of civil engineering distributes water from the Colorado River for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.The … [Read more...]