January 24, 2023

Collections Spotlight: Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Mary Ann Shadd Cary House 116 HR 5972 IH: Mary Ann Shadd Cary Post Office Dedication Act Break Every Yoke and Let the Oppressed Go Free speech by Mary Ann Shadd Cary, April 6, 1858 Black Past Colored Schools: Second District National Republican (Washington City (D.C.) 06 Sept. 1875 Officers of the N.W.S.A. for 1877 and '78 The New Northwest (Portland, Or.) 11 Jan. 1878 Triolene or Diptheria Cure and Cattarh Relief The Virginia Star (Richmond, Va.) 11 May 1878 The Provincial … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Chinese Girl Wants Vote New-York Tribune (New York [N.Y.]) 13 April 1912 | Curator's note China Past & Present - The Economic History of China by Mabel Ping-Hua Lee The New York Herald (New York, N.Y.) 02 April 1922 Dr. Mabel P. Lee image c 1920-25 Celebrate Women's History Month with Mabel Ping-Hua Lee and Suffragist Cards Minerva's Kaleidoscope March 10, 2021 Diversity in the Struggle: Exploring the Lives of Suffragists Teaching with the Library of Congress March 11, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ida Tarbell & Standard Oil

Ida Tarbell image set The crusaders 1906 political cartoon Books by Ida Tarbell Anna E. Dickinson letters to Ida Tarbell The Documents of Ida M. Tarbell Allegheny College Select sources from the collection Standard Oil's Monopoly: Topics in Chronicling America select newspaper articles & timeline What's Wrong with America & Big Business? Ida Tarbell Answers Both Questions The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.), 26 Nov. 1911 More historical newspaper articles … [Read more...]

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: Skiing

Downhill skiing, cross-country or Nordic skiing, ski jumping, and even water skiing—peer into the past and look to the future with these fun primary sources! Skiing image set Snow skiing image set Cross-country skiing images Ski area maps 20th-century historical newspaper coverage of skiing How to ski and how not to 1914 book More books about skiing U.S. legislation related to skiing Women of Winter Sports: The First U.S. Olympic Ski Medalists Headlines & … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Joy Harjo

On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. On making the appointment, Dr. Hayden said: Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry—‘soul talk’ as she calls it—for over four decades. To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,’ and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker image set Madam C.J. Walker advertisements & historical newspaper coverage Modern-day legislation commemorating Madam C.J. Walker Blog posts & articles Madam C.J. Walker Headlines & Heroes May 29, 2020 The Beauty Entrepreneur Inside Adams March 6, 2020 From Rags to Riches: Author Reviews Life of Madam C.J. Walker Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Vol. 60, No. 5, May 2001 How Business Executive Madam C. J. Walker Became a Powerful … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers Woman's Suffrage by Constitutional Amendment compiled by Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt mentions in the Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission report Carrie Chapman Catt's Winning Plan National American Woman Suffrage Association. Headquarters News Letter, vol. 2, no. 8, August 15, 1916 More printed ephemera related to Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt: Topics in Chronicling America More historical newspaper coverage of Carrie Chapman … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Voices for Suffrage

Voices for Suffrage, part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project supported by a grant from the Library of Congress, is an interactive web application for students in grades 7-12 that promotes primary source analysis, reading comprehension, and supporting inferences with evidence. This web-based learning application contains over 700 primary sources from the Library and other digital archives and includes a research section, interactive timeline detailing the story of … [Read more...]