June 12, 2021

Primary Source Spotlight: Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Library of Congress is collecting images, maps, web content and many more primary sources in order to, in the words of collection development officer Joe Puccio, "acquire and what a researcher in a hundred years will need to see from what is being produced today." Learn more about the Library's collection efforts by reading the following Library of Congress Blog post: How Will We Remember COVID-19? Then click the links below to review … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Foundational Lessons in Democracy & Civil Discourse

"Conspiracy theories run amok. Fear of spies and meddling in American politics at the highest levels by foreign powers. A bipartisan divide so bitter that the federal government moves to muzzle what many politicians believe to be a biased, out-of-control news media." Current events? Actually, the excerpt paints a picture of the political climate during John Adam's tenure as president of the United States and is the lead paragraph of a book review from the Christian Science Monitor of Friends … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Poetry

April certainly is not the cruelest month if you're looking for poetry resources from the Library of Congress. LOC.gov has loads of treasures to choose from. Teaching resources Primary Source Learning: Poets & Poetry Library Collections Collection Spotlight: Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature Collections with significant poetry-related content Living Nations, Living Words story map featuring 47 contemporary Native Nations poets PSN poet primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Halloween

Today in History–October 31–the Library of Congress features Halloween. On this day many Americans celebrate spookiness and becoming someone else by dressing in costumes. To learn more about the origins of this fun-filled holiday and ideas for finding unique Halloween primary sources, visit the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Halloween, ghosts, and witches. Primary source collections LOC Halloween Chambers of Mystery posters … [Read more...]