January 29, 2023

Collections Spotlight: African American Perspectives

"African American Perspectives" gives a panoramic and eclectic review of African American history and culture and is primarily comprised of two collections in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division: the African American Pamphlet Collection and the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection with a date range of 1822 through 1909. Most were written by African-American authors, though some were written by others on topics of particular importance in African-American history. Among the authors … [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: Morocco

Morocco primary source set World Digital Library Morocco map Fez and the Kingdom of Morocco map Morocco image set Morocco printed ephemera (tourism, food, folklore) Alan Lomax collection 1967 Moroccan chorus and dance song recording 1959 U.S. historical newspaper coverage of Morocco Books and other texts related to Morocco U.S. veteran oral histories (Morocco service) Morocco mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection Early U.S. government … [Read more...]

Today in History: Russian Molokan Church

Today in History–September 14–the Library of Congress features the Russian Molokan Church, which held services in their new church in San Francisco on this day in 1938. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Russian Molokan Church Service photos & audio recordings Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Susoeff and Mr. and Mrs. Popoff singing unaccompanied Russian Molokan hymns Historic U.S. newspaper coverage: Russian … [Read more...]

Today in History: Missions of Old California

Today in History–January 12–the Library of Congress features the missions of Old California. On this date in 1777, Padre Thomas Peña founded Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of California's twenty-one missions. The first mission—San Diego de Alcala—was founded in 1769 by Padre Junípero Serra, who also oversaw the founding of the next eight, and the last—San Francisco de Solano—was founded in 1823.  The missions dotted the California coast from San Diego to Sonoma along El Camino Real (the Royal … [Read more...]

Today in History: Touro Synagogue

Today in History–December 2–the Library of Congress features the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on this date in 1763. Named for the first officiating rabbi, Isaac Touro, the first synagogue in the U.S. was built in Newport, Rhode Island. Learn more about the Touro Synagogue and Newport's Jewish community by visiting the Today in History section as well as the links below. First Jewish Synagogue Was Dedicated in the United States from America's Library Touro Synagogue images & architectural … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

PSN Today in History primary source collections John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Cardinal James Gibbons Anne Marbury Hutchinson William Penn Phyllis Wheatley Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Religious Freedom Missions of Old California Touro Synagogue Library Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress La Musica Nuevo Mexicana: Religious and Secular Music from the Juan B. Rael … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Illinois Civil War Resources

Illinois Civil War books (1800-1929) Illinois Civil War sheet music Illinois Civil War maps Illinois Civil War image set More Illinois Civil War images Illinois soldier historic newspaper coverage (1860-65) “The Union. V. Illinois and Missouri Compared” Continental monthly: devoted to literature and national policy Volume 3, Issue 3, March 1863 YouTube videos Illinois During the Civil War, 1861-1865: Illinois, Native Americans and the Civil War Northern Illinois … [Read more...]

Today in History: William Penn

Today in History–October 14–the Library of Congress features the religious and social reformer William Penn, born on this day in 1644.  Having no luck in his campaign for religious freedom for Quakers and others in England, Penn received an American land grant in payment of a debt owed his father. He named the colony Pennsylvania in honor of his father, promising freedom of worship for all settlers. Many of Penn's ideas helped lay the groundwork for the future United States. Learn more about … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cardinal James Gibbons

Today in History–July 23–the Library of Congress features Roman Catholic Cardinal James Gibbons, born on this date in 1834 in Pennsylvania. The second U.S. cardinal, Gibbons was a supporter of child labor reform and advocate of the separation of church and state. Learn more about this proactive priest and his journeys to and in the United States by visiting the Today in History section, then check out the primary source sets listed below. Cardinal James Gibbons primary source set Cardinal … [Read more...]