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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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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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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 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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Fun in a bakery shop
SUMMARY The set is of the interior of a bakery. A man in a baker's hat and costume enters and begins kneading some dough on a table by the oven. He notices a make-believe rat crawling up the side of a nearby barrel and throws the dough at the rat, covering it completely. He then goes over to the dough and begins to pummel it with his hands. His back is to the camera, which obscures the actual manipulation of the dough, but when he steps away there is now a sculptured mask to admire. He sculpts another mask, and two other men, also dressed as bakers, come in, see what he is doing, pick him up bodily, and stick him head first into the flour barrel. Another proto-animation film, incorporating what might be called a ""lightning sketch"" version of claymation. Presented as a one-shot film, it too uses a stop-camera trick. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1902. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 3Apr1902; H15916. Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli. SUBJECTS Bakeries--Drama. Bakery employees--Drama. Dough--Drama. Sculpture--Drama. Masks (Sculpture)--Drama. Sculptors--Drama. Comedy films. Trick films. Clay animation films. Silent films. Short films. Fiction films. DIGITAL ID animp 1620 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/animp.1620
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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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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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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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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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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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Colonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in Arch Hoxsey's plane at St. Louis, Mo., 1910
Summary While participating in the Missouri State Republican Party's campaign on October 11, 1910, TR is invited to fly in a biplane with Arch Hoxsey as pilot. Accompanied by Herbert S. Hadley, Governor of Missouri (1909-1913) and two men who appear to be Henry W. Kiel, Mayor of St. Louis, and Sheriff Louis Nolte, TR arrives in motorcade at Kinloch aviation field; man, who appears to be Hoxsey, inspects plane; medium shot of TR as he enters passenger seat of biplane; long shot of plane flying; TR alights from plane, joins waiting crowd, enters automobile and drives away in motorcade. Created/Published [United States : s.n.], 1910. Subjects Roosevelt, Theodore,--1858-1919. Presidents--United States. Airplanes--Missouri--Lambert Field (Kinloch, Mo.) Air pilots. Aeronautics--Exhibitions. Nonfiction films. Short films. Actualities (Motion pictures) Related Names Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Hadley, Herbert S. (Herbert Spencer), 1872-1927. Missouri. Governor. Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) Digital ID trmp 4087 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/trmp.4087
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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U.S. cruiser "Olympia" leading naval parade
SUMMARY One of 20 films advertised in Edison films catalog no. 94, under the category "Dewey Doings." From the catalog: We equipped eight parties on the occasion of Admiral Dewey's arrival in New York Harbor, Wednesday, September 27th, 1899, and secured the following excellent moving pictures of the Admiral and his great ship, together with the stirring events of Dewey Day, September 29th, the day of the Naval Parade, and Dewey Day, September 30th, the day of the Land Parade. Ours was the only photographic apparatus on board the U.S. Cruiser Olympia on this memorable occasion. The Admiral posed especially for our camera. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 7Nov1899; 72835. Original main title lacking. Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. Edison code name (for telegraphic orders): Uncandid. MAVIS 48465; U.S. cruiser "Olympia" leading naval parade. Filmed Sept. 29, 1899, during the Dewey naval parade on the Hudson River in New York City. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 94, March 1900, p. 7 [MI]. SUBJECTS Olympia (Cruiser) Dewey, George,--1837-1917. Naval ceremonies, honors, and salutes--New York (State)--New York. Parades--Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.) Warships--New York (State)--New York. Spanish-American War, 1898--Naval operations, American. United States.--Navy--History--Spanish-American War, 1898. Sailors--United States. Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.) Rivers--New York (State) New York (N.Y.)--History, Naval--19th century. Actuality--Short. War (Nonfiction)--Short. RELATED NAMES Dewey, George, 1837-1917. White, James H. (James Henry), production. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FEC 2892 (ref print) FPE 9306 (dupe neg) LC 1915a (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 1915 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.1915
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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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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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David McCullough: 2011 National Book Festival
Historian and author David McCullough appears at the 2011 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has called David McCullough the "citizen chronicler" for his meticulously researched and beautifully written historical books, such as the Pulitzer Prize winners "Truman" and "John Adams," the latter of which became an Emmy Award-winning miniseries on HBO. He is also a two-time winner of the National Book Award, for "The Path Between the Seas" and "Mornings on Horseback." His newest book is "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Simon & Schuster). McCullough has also received the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5258
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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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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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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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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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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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Mannequin Challenge in the Library of Congress
A moment frozen in time in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.
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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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Scenes of Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill, 1912
Summary First film footage taken of TR at Sagamore Hill, summer of 1912. TR on his horse Sidar shakes hands with William P. Helm, Associated Press correspondent for New York City and Washington (1910-1918) and detailed by AP to Wilson and TR during the 1912 campaign. TR rides his horse away from Sagamore, returns to Sagamore, dismounts and feeds the horse from his hand, plays with his three dogs, and then reviews his mail assisted by his son Archie. Final scene of TR, with axe in hand, walking down the driveway. Other Titles Scenes of Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill, 1912 Created/Published [S.l.] : Pathé Frères, 1912. Notes Appearing: Theodore Roosevelt, Archie Roosevelt, William P. Helm. Subjects Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) Short films. Silent films. Nonfiction films. Documentary films. Newsreels. Related Names Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979. Helm, William P. (William Pickett), b. 1883. Associated Press. Pathé frères (France) Roosevelt Memorial Association. Theodore Roosevelt Association Collection (Library of Congress) Digital ID trmp 4097 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/trmp.4097
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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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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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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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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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From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen
SUMMARY Opens on a dressing room set with a mirror, dressing table, and chair center stage and a folded dressing screen on the left. A smiling, dark-haired woman enters through the door on stage right, unbuttoning a full-length polka-dot costume. As she undresses, she frequently looks directly at the camera and smiles. She removes her sash or cummerbund, the top with its trailing sleeves, and her skirt, leaving her clothed only in a sleeveless chemise. Smiling directly at the camera, she mischievously slips a strap of the garment off one shoulder, then ducks behind the screen. After the chemise is thrown over the top of the screen, her arm furtively reaches out from behind the screen and grabs a slight garment from the back of the chair and some items from the dressing table. She then emerges wearing a risqué, decorated costume with cap sleeves and a very short skirt, gathered at the waist. Her legs appear to be bare. The woman brandishes a sword, grabbed from under the discarded dress, and strikes a seductive pose as the viewer glimpses a costumed man entering the room. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 12Sept1903; H35629. Camera, A.E. Weed. Filmed August 25, 1903 in the Biograph New York City studio. SUBJECTS Burlesque (Theater)--United States--Drama. Striptease--United States--Drama. Stripteasers--United States--Drama. Women entertainers--Costume--United States--Drama. Women entertainers--United States--Sexual behavior--Drama. Dressing rooms (Performing arts)--United States--Drama. Silent films. Vaudeville. Erotica. Shorts. RELATED NAMES Weed, A. E., camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID (m) varsmp http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/varstg:@field([email protected](varsmp+0549))
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Civil War Photographs: The Liljenquist Family Collection
Close to 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs highlight both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. The Liljenquist Family sought out high quality images to represent the impact of the war, especially the young enlisted men. The photographs often show hats, firearms, canteens, musical instruments, painted backdrops, and other details that enhance the research value of the collection. Among the rarest images are African Americans in uniform, sailors, a Lincoln campaign button, and portraits of soldiers with their wives and children. A few personal stories survived in notes pinned to the photo cases, but most of the people and photographers are unidentified. Tom Liljenquist donated the entire collection to the Library in 2010. For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5337.
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Stealing a Dinner
SUMMARY A man sits at the dinner table, with a row of dogs behind him and a black dog sitting near the table in the foreground. When the master rings a bell for service, a dog enters on her hind legs dressed in a servant's cap and apron. As she hops toward the table, however, a cat jumps upon the surface. The master tosses the cat off the table as the serving dog exits. The man rings the bell again but gets no response, so he takes off his dinner napkin and leaves the stage. Seeing this, the black dog turns and jumps on the table, where he promptly eats his master's dinner. The black dog then grabs the cat in his mouth and places it on the table. As the man returns to the table, he sees his empty plate and the cat crouched nearby. Thus blaming the cat for the stolen dinner, the man first scolds the feline and then draws a pistol aimed at the "thief." When the black dog sees the gun, however, he jumps on the table between the pistol and the cat, begging on his hind legs for the master to spare its life. The man grabs the dog by the collar, dragging him to the floor, and instead shoots the unlucky dog. A large dog--perhaps a Great Dane--in a policeman's uniform enters on his hind legs, grabs the man by the shoulders from behind, and chases him offstage. The other dogs follow in an excited pack. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13June1903; H32633. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. From the Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902: 50 feet. Another exhibition by Prof. Leonidas' troop of cats and dogs. One of the dogs is shown stealing his dinner from the table in the master's absence. In order to cover his own crime, the dog places a cat on the table, where she is found when the master comes in. The master shoots the cat, and is promptly arrested by a large dog dressed in policeman's clothes. Filmed April 28, 1899, on the Biograph rooftop studio in New York City. SUBJECTS Dogs--Behavior--United States--Drama. Dog owners--United States--Conduct of life--Drama. Stealing--Drama. Animal welfare--United States--Drama. Pets--United States--Death--Drama. Silent films. Comedies. Animal films and programs. Vaudeville. Shorts. RELATED NAMES Leonidas, Professor, cast. Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID (m) varsmp http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/varstg:@field([email protected](varsmp+0480))
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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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Preserving Omar Ibn Said's Words: A Slave Narrative
The Library has preserved, digitized and made facsimile copies of "The Life of Omar Ibn Said," the only known extant narrative written in Arabic by an enslaved person in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in West Africa and brought to the United States as a slave, wrote a 15-page autobiography describing his experiences. Visit the Omar Ibn Said Collection, https://www.loc.gov/collections/omar-ibn-said-collection/about-this-collection/. Read about the conservation process, http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2019/02/omar-ibn-said-conserving-a-one-of-a-kind-manuscript/.
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Assembling a Generator, Westinghouse Works
SUMMARY A group of men work on various parts of a large generator, assembling the pieces. A crane carries a large piece of the generator over to the rest of the machine, and the men guide it down to assemble it. The crane brings two other pieces to the machine and lays them down where they belong. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 10May1904; H45598. Original main title lacking. Filmed May 2, 1904, probably at the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer. Received: 5/19/04; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection. SUBJECTS Electric generators--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Factories--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Electric industry workers--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Manufactures--Pennsylvania--East Pittsburgh. Manufacturing processes--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 1947 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/westhpp.1947
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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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The Tramp's Unexpected Skate
SUMMARY On a stage with a painted backdrop of a terrace overlooking a park, a man identified as a tramp by his ragged costume and beard lies asleep against a potted palm tree. Two boys enter from screen right, each rolling on one skate. They see the sleeping tramp, communicate to each other through gestures the gag they have in mind, and bend down to untie their skates. The boys then tie the skates on the feet of the sleeping hobo, and awake the man by raising and then dropping one of his legs. The tramp quickly wakes and jumps up to grab the boys, only to roll and slip, then fall on his back, as the boys easily run around him. As the tramp struggles to his feet and then falls again, the boys laugh at and taunt the hapless man. The comedic actions and pratfalls of the tramp on roller-skates are repeated. From Edison films catalog: Here is a picture that appeals to both young and old. A weary looking tramp lies asleep under the wall of a picturesque park. Two mischievous boys enter on roller skates. They take a cautious view of Weary Willie, when a bright idea enters their heads. They hold a short conference and then removing their skates, they proceed to strap them firmly to the feet of Weary Willie. They then wake the tramp by tickling him under the chin with a straw. Then, just what is expected by the audience happens. Willie starts out in pursuit of his youthful tormentors, but the skates are a hindrance to his progress. In his mad endeavor to reach the boys he goes through a series of very humorous antics and ends by falling in a heap several times, striking on his head more often than on his heels. Length 60 feet. $9.00. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States: Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 23May1901; H4567. SUBJECTS Tramps--United States--Drama. Practical jokes--Drama. Roller-skating--United States--Drama. Boys--United States--Conduct of life--Drama. Silent films. Slapstick comedies. Vaudeville. Shorts. DIGITAL ID (m) varsmp http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/varstg:@field([email protected](varsmp+0467))
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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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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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Craig Johnson - 2009 National Book Festival
Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire series appears at the National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Craig Johnson has received both critical and popular praise for his novels "The Cold Dish," "Death Without Company," "Kindness Goes Unpunished," "Another Man's Moccasins" and "The Dark Horse." All five novels have been made selections by the Independent Booksellers Association. "The Cold Dish" was a DILYS Award finalist and was named one of the top 10 mysteries of the year by Lire magazine. "Death Without Company" was selected by Booklist as one of the top 10 mysteries of 2006 and won the Wyoming Historical Society's fiction book of the year award. The story "Old Indian Trick" won the Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Award and appeared in Cowboys & Indians Magazine. "Kindness Goes Unpunished," the third in the Walt Longmire series, was No. 38 on the American Booksellers Association's hardcover best-seller list. "Another Man's Moccasins" (2008) was the recipient of the Western Writers of America's Spur Award as Novel of the Year and the Mountains and Plains Book of the Year. "The Dark Horse" (2009), the fifth in the series, has garnered starred reviews by all four pre-publication review services. Johnson lives in Wyoming.
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