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What was in Lincoln's pockets?
When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note, and nine newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the president and his policies. Given to his son Robert Todd upon Lincoln's death, these everyday items, which through association with tragedy had become like relics, were kept in the Lincoln family for more than seventy years. Because it is quite unusual for the Library to keep personal artifacts among its holdings, they were not put on display until 1976 when then Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin thought their exposure would humanize a man who had become "mythologically engulfed."
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Humorous phases of funny faces
SUMMARY Blackton (with only his arm showing on film) "draws" a series of funny faces, including a line drawing of two faces, a man with an umbrella, a line drawing of two faces in profile, a clown, faces of "Coon and Cohen," the profile of a seated man, and a bottle of Medoc. This earliest surviving American animated film--in the strict sense of single exposures of drawings simulating movement--uses chalkboard sketches and then cut-outs to simplify the process. The opening title, animated with bits of paper, repeats a trick seen the previous year in Edison films. J. Stuart Blackton had in 1897 co-founded the Vitagraph Company, producer of the film. The flickering seen here was common to the earliest animation and resulted from the camera operators failure to achieve consistent exposure in manual one-frame cranking. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Vitagraph, 1906. NOTES Copyright: The Vitagraph Co. of America; 6Apr1906; H75272. Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. SUBJECTS Magic drawings--Drama. Cartoonists--Drama. Caricatures and cartoons--Drama. Caricature--Drama. Alcoholic beverages--Drama. Men--Drama. Facial expression--Drama. Comedy--Animation--Short. DIGITAL ID animp 4064 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/animp.4064
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The enchanted drawing
SUMMARY From Edison films catalog: Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from the paper on which they were drawn and pours actual wine out of the bottle into a real glass. Surprising effects quickly follow after this; and the numerous changes of expression which flit over the face in the sketch cause a vast amount of amusement and at the same time give a splendid illustration of the caricaturist's art. 100 feet. 15.00. Although this is not an animated film, the origins of animated film can be glimpsed here. J. Stuart Blackton, then a cartoonist for the New York Evening World, is photographed in Thomas Edisons New Jersey ""Black Maria"" studio performing a vaudeville routine known as the ""lightning sketch,"" supplemented by stop-camera tricks that bring the drawn objects to life. Copyrighted in 1900, it was probably filmed three or four years earlier. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Nov1900; D21656. Performer: J. Stuart Blackton. Camera, Albert E. Smith. Filmed ca. September to early November 1900, on Vitagraph's rooftop studio in New York, New York. Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. SUBJECTS Magic drawings--Drama. Cartoonists--Drama. Caricatures and cartoons--Drama. Caricature--Drama. Magic tricks--Drama. Alcoholic beverages--Drama. Hallucinations and illusions--Drama. Older men--Drama. Facial expression--Drama. Vaudeville--Drama. Trick--Short. Comedy--Short. DIGITAL ID animp 1592 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/animp.1592
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Congress.gov: Overview of the Legislative Process
Congress.gov Legislative Process videos were produced by the Library of Congress (LOC). In service to Congress, analysts in the LOC Congressional Research Service (CRS) authored (Valerie Heitshusen) and narrated (Walter J. Oleszek) the videos for Congress.gov. Video also available at http://beta.congress.gov/legislative-process/.
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The Library of Congress Is Your Library
An overview of the history of the Library of Congress. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6631
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Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus
SUMMARY An animated cartoon about the adventures of Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the circus, where they demonstrate their courage to each other by attempting to scare a woman. Surprisingly, the animal hero became widely popular in American animation only in the 1920s, especially with "Felix the Cat," The earlier Krazy Kat series (1916-29), based loosely on the comic strip by George Herriman, features lovelorn Krazy and the brick-tossing object of his strange obsession, Ignatz Mouse. As with the next four films, these brief films were initially part of William Randolph Hearsts International Film Service newsreels. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : [International Film Service, 1916]. NOTES Copyright: International Film Service, Inc.; 17Mar16; MP574. Story, George Herriman. Based on George Herriman's comic strip Krazy Kat. Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. SUBJECTS Cats--Drama. Mice--Drama. Circus--Drama. Courage--Drama. Women and animals--Drama. Fear--Drama. Comedy--Animation--Short. Animal--Animation--Short. DIGITAL ID animp 4072 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/animp.4072
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The Art of Audiobook Narration
Celeste Lawson explains techniques for becoming a skilled audiobook narrator, demonstrating the subtleties of performance, enunciation and diction. Speaker Biography: Celeste Lawson is recording studio director for the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in the Library of Congress. For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7157
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Train taking up mail bag, U.S. Post Office
SUMMARY The subject of this Postal Department documentary is "snatching" the mail bag from the suspended post by the railroad mail clerk. As the film begins, a man climbs the steps leading to the device that suspends the mail bag in the air. A train can be seen in the distance approcaching the mail bag. At the end of the film, the mail bag is just being snatched from the suspension device. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Company; 01Oct03; H36399. Cameraman, A. E. Weed. Filmed September 21, 1903 in St. Georges, MD. SUBJECTS Railway mail service. Actuality--Shorts. RELATED NAMES Weed, A. E., camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID awal 0571 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/awal.0571
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Watch a President Age
The first bronze casting of the life mask of Abraham Lincoln was made in Chicago by Leonard Wells Volk in the spring of 1860. The second and final life mask of Abraham Lincoln was made in Washington, DC by Clark Mills in February, 1865.
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House Science & National Labs Caucus: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson kicked off the House Science & National Labs Caucus with a lecture at the Library of Congress. Speaker Biography: Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. He has appeared on or hosted several television programs promoting science and space exploration. For captions, transcript, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5790.
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Music and the Brain: The World in Six Songs: How the Musical
Director of McGill University's Laboratory for Musical Perception, Cognition and Expertise and best-selling author of "This is Your Brain on Music," Daniel Levitin blends cutting-edge scientific findings with his own experiences as a former record producer and still-active musician. The Music and the Brain Lecture Series is a cycle of lectures and special presentations that highlight an explosion of new research in the rapidly expanding field of "neuromusic." Programming is sponsored by the Library's Music Division and its Science, Technology and Business Division, in cooperation with the Dana Foundation. Daniel Levitin is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, record producer, musician, and writer. He is currently James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal. He has published scientific articles on absolute pitch, music cognition and neuroscience and is more widely known as the author of two best-selling books, "This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" and "The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature." He worked as a producer and sound designer on albums by Blue Oyster Cult, Chris Isaak, and Joe Satriani; as a consultant to Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder; and as a recording engineer for Santana and The Grateful Dead.
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Lower Broadway
SUMMARY The film shows a view which appears to be looking north on Broadway at the intersection of Wall Street, in front of Trinity Church. The sidewalk along Broadway is crowded with people, and the traffic in both streets is very heavy. A horse-drawn streetcar passes in front of the camera [Frame: 2814], with a sign giving its destination as the "Courtland and Fulton Street Ferry." OTHER TITLES Title in Biograph photo catalog, v. 5, no. 2138 [MI]: Street scene on Lower Broadway, NY City CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13Jun1903; H32629. Camera, Robert K. Bonine. Photographed May 15, 1902. Location: New York, N.Y. SUBJECTS City traffic--New York (State)--New York. Streets--New York (State)--New York. Transportation--New York (State)--New York. Vehicles--New York (State)--New York. Local transit--New York (State)--New York. Street-railroads--New York (State)--New York. Horse-drawn vehicles--New York (State)--New York. Pedestrians--New York (State)--New York. Broadway (New York, N.Y.) Actuality--Short. RELATED NAMES Bonine, R. (Robert K.), camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID lcmp002 m2a23756 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp002.m2a23756
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Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone
Traditional information sources such as books, photos and sculptures can easily survive for years, decades or even centuries but digital items are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. Rapid technological changes also affect digital preservation. As new technologies appear, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content This video explores the complex nature of the problem, how digital content unlike content on traditional media -- depends on technology to make it available and requires active management to ensure its ongoing accessibility.
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Watch Clips of the 2018 National Film Registry Selections
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady” and the rocking sounds of “Monterey Pop.” Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. Read more at https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-144/. Here is the list of 25 films added to the 2018 National Film Registry. 1. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) 2. Broadcast News (1987) 3. Brokeback Mountain (2005) 4. Cinderella (1950) 5. Days of Wine and Roses (1962) 6. Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908) 7. Eve’s Bayou (1997) 8. The Girl Without a Soul (1917) 9. Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984) 10. Hearts and Minds (1974) 11. Hud (1963) 12. The Informer (1935) 13. Jurassic Park (1993) 14. The Lady From Shanghai (1947) 15. Leave Her to Heaven (1945) 16. Monterey Pop (1968) 17. My Fair Lady (1964) 18. The Navigator (1924) 19. On the Town (1949) 20. One-Eyed Jacks (1961) 21. Pickup on South Street (1953) 22. Rebecca (1940) 23. The Shining (1980) 24. Smoke Signals (1998) 25. Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)
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273 Words to a New America
President Lincoln gave a copy of the Gettysburg Address to each of his two private secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay. According to Nicolay, Lincoln had written the first part of the speech on Executive Mansion stationery, and the second page in pencil on lined paper right before the dedication on November 19, 1863. Matching folds are still evident on the two pages of the Nicolay draft, supporting the eyewitness' argument that Lincoln kept it in his coat pocket before the ceremony.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin on Roosevelt & Taft
Library of Congress historian Michelle Krowl talks to noted author Doris Kearns Goodwin about her book, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism." Speaker Biography: Doris Kearns Goodwin, a former Harvard professor and Woodrow Wilson Fellow, is the author of several New York Times best-sellers, including "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt," which was awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in History, and her latest book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" (Simon & Schuster, 2005). She is the recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize and the Sara Josepha Hale Medal. She was the first woman journalist to enter the Red Sox locker room and has been a consultant and on air-person for PBS documentaries on Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns' "The History of Baseball." Speaker Biography: Michelle Krowl is a historian in the Library's Manuscript Division. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6321
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How a President Learned To Write
Abraham Lincoln considered his formal education to be "defective" from an early age, and he compensated by devoting intense effort to self-education through reading. In his twenties, while serving as New Salem Postmaster and a member of the Illinois State Assembly, Lincoln studied the law and taught himself surveying. After mastering Kirkham's Grammar, he gave his copy of the book to Ann Rutledge, in whom some believe Lincoln had a romantic interest, inscribing it: "Ann M. Rutledge is now learning grammar." Ann died tragically a short time later from typhoid fever.
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"Daisy" Ad (1964): Preserved from 35mm in the Tony Schwartz Collection
Formally titled "Peace, Little Girl," but more commonly known as the "Daisy" ad, this famous political commercial was produced primarily by Tony Schwartz for President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 campaign against Barry Goldwater. Preserved from a 35mm print in the Tony Schwartz Collection by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. For more information, http://blogs.loc.gov/now-see-hear/2016/09/daisy-the-most-effective-political-commercial-ever/.
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Why Digital Preservation is Important for You
Our personal photos, papers, music and videos are important to us. They record the details of our lives and help define us. But increasingly our possessions and our communications are no longer material: they're digital and dependent on technology to make them accessible. As new technology emerges and current technology becomes obsolete, we need to actively manage our digital possessions to help protect them and keep them available for years to come. This video offers simple and practical strategies for personal digital preservation.
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A Spiteful Souvenir
Just before setting fire to the Capitol Building, Admiral Cockburn searched the president's ceremonial office for a memento that would match the official mace stolen from the Parliament Building by the American forces the previous year. He chose the only item labeled as "President of the U. States," a modest printed summary of the federal government's expenses.
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Larry King Magna Carta Public Service Announcement
Television and radio host Larry King announces the upcoming Library of Congress exhibition "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor." For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6333
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Girls Taking Time Checks, Westinghouse Works
SUMMARY Almost 200 women file by a device on the wall from which they take their time checks. A man runs half-way across the screen at the end of the film. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 6May1904; H45400. Original main title lacking. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Filmed April 26, 1904, probably at the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Received: 5/6/04; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection. SUBJECTS Women electric industry workers--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Time clocks--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Factories--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Manufactures--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Silent films. Actuality--Short. Industrial--Short. RELATED NAMES Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID westhpp 2033 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/westhpp.2033
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NDIIIPP Special Event: Ian MacKaye
Groundbreaking singer, songwriter and guitarist Ian MacKaye spoke at the Library of Congress on personal digital archiving and the need to educate creators and users in ways to steward our digital cultural heritage. Speaker Biography: As both performer and producer, MacKaye has documented music coming out of the Washington, D.C. underground for the past 30 years. MacKaye founded Dischord Records as a teenager in 1980 with partner Jeff Nelson. Their original intent was simply to release a single to document their recently defunct band, The Teen Idles. The label has since gone on to release music from more than 60 bands, with more than 160 albums during the past 25 years. In the process, the label performed a citizen-archivist role, documenting Washington-area music in many forms and catalyzing cultural activity and community-building in the nation's capital and around the world. For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5905.
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Legal Research Tutorial: Finding Case Law Using Google Scholar
Robert Brammer and Barbara Bavis demonstrate how to use Google Scholar to locate caselaw. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6195
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David McCullough on John Adams
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington engages noted author and historian David MCullough in a discussion on John Adams. Speaker Biography: James H. Billington is the 13th Librarian of the United States Congress. Speaker Biography: David McCullough is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6245
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LC Performance. Interview. Conversation With Rod Serling
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Rosie the Riveter: Real Women Workers in World War II
Sheridan Harvey explores the evolution of "Rosie the Riveter" and discusses the lives of real women workers in World War II. Sheridan Harvey is Women's Studies Specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division and senior editor of "American Women," a resource guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States.
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Web Archiving
Web content changes all the time. If we don't save that content before it disappears, a major part of our cultural history will be lost. The Library of Congress is working to provide permanent access to web content of historical importance. It selects websites for collection, requests permissions from the website owners, addresses the technology of collecting websites and preserves the websites and makes them available. This video examines those four challenges. Transcript at: http://www.digitalpreservation.gov:8081/videos/docs/webarchiving_video_transcript.pdf
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The Book Lincoln and Obama Have In Common
Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using the Bible of a court clerk. With the brief words, "I, Abraham Lincoln, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," Lincoln was sworn in as the sixteenth President. The ceremony was witnessed by Clerk of the Supreme Court, William Thomas Carroll, who recorded the occasion in the back of this Bible. On January 20, 2009, President Barack Obama chose this same Bible for his historic inauguration ceremony.
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Tapping a Furnace, Westinghouse Works
SUMMARY A large bucket is lowered into a pit by male workers using machinery. Molten material from a furnace is poured into the bucket using a slide. The bucket, which has flames coming from inside, is lifted up from the pit by a crane. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 23July1904; H48416. Original main title lacking. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Filmed May 16, 1904, at the Westinghouse foundries in Trafford City, Pennsylvania, most likely part of the Westinghouse Machine Co. Received: 7/23/04; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection. SUBJECTS Westinghouse Machine Company. Furnaces. Foundries--Pennsylvania--Trafford. Foundry workers--Pennsylvania--Trafford. Manufactures--Pennsylvania--Trafford. Manufacturing processes--Pennsylvania--Trafford. Silent films. Actuality--Short. Industrial--Short. RELATED NAMES Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID westhpp 2213s1 2213s2 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/westhpp.2213
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An Introduction to BARD Express
Karen Keninger introduces BARD Express, a Windows-based application. Speaker Biography: Karen A. Keninger is the director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7377
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Linda Ronstadt: 2013 National Book Festival
Linda Ronstadt appears at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Singer and songwriter Linda Ronstadt has won 12 Grammy awards during her long and celebrated career. She has been successful in genres as diverse as pop, rock, country, ranchera, classical, jazz and American Songbook and was the top-selling female artist of the 1970s. Ronstadt is one of the most successful recording artists in U.S. history with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. She began her professional career in the mid-1960s, and with her fifth solo album, her 1974 masterpiece, "Heart Like a Wheel," she burst into superstardom. Ronstadt also starred in the Broadway and film versions of "The Pirates of Penzance" during the 1980s. She remains active in the music industry and has just released "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir." For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6042
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The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress
When most researchers arrive at the Library of Congress, their journey of discovery begins in the Main Reading Room. As the home to the library's reference collections, the computer catalog center, and knowledgeable reference staff, the Main Reading Room's purpose is to make library research easily accessible to anyone with enough curiosity to pursue it. This video includes general information about the library's staff and material resources, the reader ID process, and encourages researchers to experience all that the library has to offer. Speakers include 2012 Library of Congress Junior Fellow Kristen Schumacher and Library staffers Cheryl Adams, Kathy Woodrell, Steven Davenport, Abby Yochelson, Thomas Mann, Kristi Conkle and Judy Robinson. For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5585&loclr=ytb
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BagIt: Transferring Content for Digital Preservation
The Library of Congress's steadily growing digital collections arrive primarily over the network. The Library and the California Digital Library have developed guidelines for creating and moving standardized digital containers, called bags. A bag functions like a physical envelope that is used to send content through the mail but with bags, a user sends content from one computer to another. This video describes the preparation and transfer of data over the network in bags.
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Stephen King: 2016 National Book Festival
Stephen King discusses his career and new book "End of Watch," and receives recognition for his work in literacy from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Speaker Biography: Stephen King is the international best-selling author of more than 50 books and almost 200 short stories. Many of his works have been adapted for film or other media and his books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. His recent books include "Mr. Mercedes," "Finders Keepers" and the latest in the Bill Hodges trilogy, "End of Watch". King has received many honors, including the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and multiple Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards and British Fantasy Society Awards. As a philanthropist, he is co-chair of The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and provides scholarships for local high school students, donations to various organizations which underwrite the arts and more than $2.8 million in grants each year to community-based initiatives in Maine. King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7480
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Rahim AlHaj Trio: Middle Eastern Music from New Mexico
The Rahim AlHaj Trio features traditional middle eastern music on the oud (Arabic lute) and antour (hammered dulcimer). Speaker Biography: Rahim AlHaj was born in Baghdad, Iraq and began playing the oud (Arabic lute) at age nine. He moved to the US in 2000 as a political refugee and has resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ever since. Rahim has performed around the globe and is considered one of the finest oud players in the world. His compositions evoke the experience of exile from his homeland and of new beginnings in his adopted country. In 2015 Rahim was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Speaker Biography: Sourena Sefati was born in Ramsar, Iran, and started playing santour (hammered dulcimer) at age 11. He won the award for best composer of Iranian music at Art University in 2006 and served as instructor at Art University and Elmi-Karbordi University in Tehran from 2008 to 2014. Sourena moved to the United States in 2014, and teaches Iranian music in Albuquerque. Speaker Biography: Issa Malluf is a Palestinian-American native of New Mexico. Originally self-taught, Issa has become a highly skilled and internationally recognized specialist in Middle Eastern, Arabic, and North African percussion. For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7685
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Tara Westover: 2018 National Book Festival
Tara Westover discusses "Educated: A Memoir" at the 2018 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Speaker Biography: Tara Westover was born in Idaho, received her B.A. from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in history in 2014. "Educated: A Memoir" (Random House) is her first book. It is the story of a child who never saw the inside of a classroom until she was 17, having been raised by a fanatical father. For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8495
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Magna Carta's Legal Legacy: Conversation with Chief Justice Roberts & Lord Judge
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Lord Igor Judge discuss the significance of Magna Carta through the centuries. Speaker Biography: John G. Roberts Jr. is Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Speaker Biography: The Hon. Lord Igor Judge is the former lord chief justice of England and Wales. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6505
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Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Carla Hayden describes her journey from nomination, confirmation and inauguration as 14th Librarian of Congress. Speaker Biography: Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children's librarian from 1973 to 1979. Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal's Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A.from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago. For more information, visit For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7396
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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings has been a subject of speculation for centuries and even more so in the past decade, when DNA testing increased evidence of a sexual liaison. Author Annette Gordon-Reed, who received attention in 1997 for a book that carefully evaluated claims and counter-claims about the Jefferson-Hemings relationship, has written a new book about Sally Hemings - a slave in the Founding Father's household - and her family. Gordon-Reed's book chronicles the Hemings family from the mid-1700s, when an English sea captain fathered a child by an enslaved woman living near Williamsburg, Va., to the early 19th-century story of Sally Hemings. Speaker Biography: Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School. Her 1997 book was titled "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy." She also co-authored "Vernon Can Read!: a Memoir" (2001) with Vernon Jordan, longtime civil rights leader and presidential confidante. In Gordon-Reed's 2002 book "Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History," she edits 12 original essays that illustrate how race often determined the outcome of trials and how trials that confront issues of racism provide a unique lens on American cultural history. For transcript and more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4383
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Is There Truth in Interpretation? Law, Literature and History
Ronald Dworkin, professor of jurisprudence at University College London and the New York University School of Law, delivers the inaugural Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. Speaker Biography: Born in Worcester, Mass., Ronald Dworkin was educated at Harvard University and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a student of prominent British lawyer and academic Sir Rupert Cross. Dworkin attended Harvard Law School and subsequently clerked for Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A former professor of jurisprudence at the University of Oxford, Dworkin is widely known as one of the foremost American legal philosophers. He is the author of many articles in philosophical and legal journals and has written numerous books, as well as articles on legal and political topics in the New York Review of Books. In 2007, Dworkin was awarded the Holberg Memorial Prize in the Humanities by the Kingdom of Norway.
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The Mediterranean Diet: Delicious Food Prescription for Transforming Disease & Illness
Amy Riolo discussed her recent book, "The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Handbook." Speaker Biography: Amy Riolo is an award-winning author, educator, lecturer and culinary consultant. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6758
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Jonathan Franzen: 2010 National Book Festival
Author Jonathan Franzen appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: The 2001 National Book Award for fiction went to Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections," a sprawling postmodern family drama that was one of the decade's best-selling works of literary fiction. The novel was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Before "The Corrections" Franzen was better known for his nonfiction work, such as an essay he wrote in 1996 for Harper's bemoaning the state of literary fiction. Franzen's new novel is "Freedom"(Farrar, Straus & Giroux). He is a 2002 fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and makes his home in New York.
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Watch Live: Cast of "Queer Eye" at the Library
The Library of Congress will host the all-new “Fab Five” from the Netflix show “Queer Eye” in conversation with Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with The Washington Post, exploring how LGBTQ+ youth empowerment has become a popular culture phenomenon. LGBTQ+ youth from the Washington, D.C. area will participate including the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), GenOUT Choir, Wanda Alston House, Latin American Youth Center, congressional staff and students from American University and Georgetown University. Queer Eye Cast: food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown. Join the conversation with #QEinDC.
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Teaching with Primary Sources
This film defines primary and secondary sources and explores the value of using primary sources in instruction. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6632
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Women's styles
SUMMARY Based on the newspaper comic strip by "Pop" Mormand, featuring a husband oppressed by his wife's obsession with high society and consumer fashion. These two samples are from a series begun in September 1915 based on the Keeping Up with the Joneses newspaper comic by "Pop" Momand. The films begin with "out of the inkwell" drawings of the sort seen in Winsor McCay films and later elaborated by Max Fleischer. Like other comic strips and animated films of the era, notably Bringing Up Father (published from 1912; filmed 1916-18), Keeping Up with the Joneses features a husband oppressed by a wifes obsession with high society and consumer fashion. The series ended abruptly in February 1916 after its animator, Harry S. Palmer, lost a patent infringement suit brought by John Randolph Bray over the use of transparent celluloid sheets. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Mutual Film Corp., [1915]. NOTES Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. SUBJECTS Fashion--United States--Drama. Women's clothing--United States--Drama. Husbands--United States--Drama. Wives--United States--Drama. Comedy--Animation--Short. RELATED TITLES Keeping up with the Joneses DIGITAL ID animp 4065 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/animp.4065
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Lee Child - 2009 National Book Festival
Author Lee Child known for his Jack Reacher adventures appears at the National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Lee Child is the pen name of British thriller writer Jim Grant. Each of Child's novels follows the adventures of a former American military policeman named Jack Reacher, who is wandering the United States. In 1997 his first novel, "Killing Floor," was published, and Child moved to the United States from his native England. "Gone Tomorrow" is his 13th Jack Reacher adventure. He has said that he chose the name "Reacher" for the central character in his novels because he is himself tall and, in a supermarket, his wife, Jane, told him: "Hey, if this writing thing doesn't pan out, you could always be a reacher in a supermarket." Child lives in France and New York.
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The Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs
Discover the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, more than 1,000 portraits that capture the wartime lives of everyday soldiers and their loved ones. These captivating images are powerful teaching tools, and provide a unique window into the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in an extraordinary war. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7109
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The Gettysburg Address
President Abraham Lincoln delivered an iconic speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at the dedication of a military cemetery on November 19, 1863. In his brief remarks, now known as "The Gettysburg Address," Lincoln equated the catastrophic suffering caused by the Civil War with the efforts of the American people to live up to the proposition that "all men are created equal." This document featured here is presumed to be the only working, or pre-delivery, draft and is commonly identified as the "Nicolay Copy" because it was once owned by John George Nicolay, Lincoln's private secretary. The Library has two copies of the Address written in Lincoln's hand. This one was on view as part of The Civil War in America exhibition (Fall 2013). For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6240
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Annie Oakley
SUMMARY From Raff & Gammon price list: The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," exhibition of rifle shooting at glass balls, etc. $15.00. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894] NOTES Copyright: no reg. Performer: Annie Oakley. Camera, William Heise. Filmed November 1, 1894, in Edison's Black Maria studio. Received: 5-13-1994; viewing print; preservation; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection. SUBJECTS Shooting--United States. Shooters of firearms--United States. Rifles. Rifle practice--United States. Wild west shows--United States. Variety. RELATED NAMES Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926, performer. Heise, William, camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID edmp.4030 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.4030
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