August 18, 2018

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...]

Collection Spotlight: Women Photojournalists

Below you will find links to biographies, images, and more resources related to women photojournalists from the Library of Congress. Late 1800s and early 1900s Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)bio Ladies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016 Birches at the Sprague Smith Studio (source record | curator note) More Jessie Tarbox Beals photographs Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals in New York newspapers historical newspaper coverage of Jessie Tarbox … [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...]

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...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: World History Middle East

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted.The Crimean WarWitness to History: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimean War Picture This blog March 23, 2017 Fenton Crimean War Photographs (background) Speech of Hon. T. L. Clingman, of N. C., in favor of his proposition for a mediation in the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jewish Passover

The Jewish passover of 1858 Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1858 April 10American Colony (Jerusalem) Passover photos early 20th centuryMore Passover photosJewish Passover historical newspaper coverageSiddur: Jewish holy day prayer bookHagadat Pesaḥ ha-ḥadashah = The new Passover Haggadah 2006 bookHagadat MoriyahThe Moriah Haggadah English translation and explanation of imagesHaggadah shel Pesah (Passover Haggadah) curator noteJoel ben Simeon & the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Esther Bubley

Esther Bubley images +2,000Esther Bubley biographical information & collection guideWomen Come to the Front: Esther Bubley background information & select imagesLadies Behind the Lens Library of Congress Blog November 29, 2016Women Photojournalists Picture This January 8, 2016Documenting America, 1935-1943: The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photo Collection streaming webcastEsther Bubley Photography Archive  … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yugoslavia

Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features Yugoslavia, or the“Land of the South Slavs”, formed on this date in 1929. The kingdom included the regions of Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. In the early 1990s, most of the countries had declared their independence; the last to become independent nations were Montenegro and Serbia in 2006. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Urban Planning, Housing, Architecture, Environment

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly CMHEC) NHD 2017 theme-related topic ideas. The links lead to resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted. Note: U.S. historic newspaper coverage is from 1789-1922 unless otherwise noted.Burnham and the City BeautifulToday in History: Daniel Burnham background & primary sources Featured Source: 1893 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Architecture

Architecture primary source setLibrary architecture collectionsAmerican Treasures of the Library of Congress: Architecture & Design Architecture, Design, and Engineering Drawings collection Brumfield Collection images of the architecture of the Russian North, including Siberia Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South collection Gottscho-Schleisner Collection U.S. architectural styles and trends Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering … [Read more...]