Great Photographs from the Library of Congress

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Edited by Aimee Hess

This unique e-book contains more than 700 extraordinary photographs from the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Included are iconic photographs, such as Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and the Wright Brothers’ first successful airplane flight, as well as arresting historical images of people and places whose names have been lost or forgotten. Along with the high-quality reproductions of the photographs, this interactive e-book features links to the Library of Congress website, where readers can access complete catalog information and download high-resolution copies of the photographs for personal use.

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Michigan-I-O: Alan Lomax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folksong Expedition

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By Todd Harvey

In 1938 the Archive of American Folk-Song at the Library of Congress dispatched Alan Lomax to complete a folklife survey of the Great Lakes region. He returned almost three months later with a cache of 250 discs and 8 reels of film, documented the extraordinary diversity of ethnicity in Michigan. This innovative digital publication celebrates the 1938 field trip with a compelling narrative, illustrated with original items from the trip, including audio and video clips, field notes, and telegrams.

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Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game

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By Susan Reyburn

Football Nation offers an image-driven exploration of football’s history, tracing the game from the colonial era to its modernization in both college and professional sports to its rise to the national phenomenon it is today. Images include the earliest football cards, game programs, cartoons, film stills, magazine covers, posters, photographs, and other ephemera. With its fast-paced narrative and one-of-a-kind image selection, the book expresses the game’s unique American identity, as witnessed in tradition, notable personalities, fan participation, mass media, tailgate cuisine, team rivalries, and much more.
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Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian-American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress

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By Paolo Battaglia and Linda Barrett Osborne, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese

The authors of this stunning volume have selected 500 images related to the rich history of Italian Americans from the Library of Congress's holdings of photographs, maps, posters, letters, films, and sound recordings. The book’s informative text is supported by never-before-seen images and offers a fresh and original perspective on the experience of Italians in America, from Columbus through today. It highlights the accomplishments of well known individuals such as Fiorello LaGuardia, Vince Lombardi, and Martin Scorsese, and goes deeper to rediscover people such as Giacomo Beltrami, who reached the source of the Mississippi in 1823, and Joe Petrosino, the first Italian American police officer to lose his life fighting organized crime. Through these rich images and fascinating stories, the 500-year history of Italians in America jumps off the pages of this compelling book.
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The Starry Messenger, Venice 1610: ‘From Doubt to Astonishment’

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Edited by Daniel De Simone and John W. Hessler

In 1609, when Galileo Galilei fashioned a telescope and looked to the heavens, he saw countless stars, the moons of Jupiter, and imperfections on our moon’s surface—all previously unseen by any human. He published his earth-shattering discoveries in a book called Siderius Nuncius, or the Starry Messenger—a thin volume that would help shift the world away from an earth-centered view of the heavens and start the revolution called modern science. The Library’s copy of Siderius Nuncius—one of the most complete copies in existence—is reproduced for the first time in full-color facsimile, along with the definitive translation by Albert Van Helden and six scholarly essays.

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Gardens for a Beautiful America

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By Sam Watters

At the opening of the 20th century, Gilded Age industrialism had brought at new prosperity to life coast to coast, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, wrecked by continental railroad building and factory pollution in growing cities. Frances Benjamin Johnston—photographer of presidents, celebrity authors, tastemakers, and estates of the Country House era—was front and center in the movement to beautify America. Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935 presents for the first time 250 colored lantern slides of urban and suburban gardens not seen since the 1930s. They picture New York town house yards, Long Island villas, California hillside terraces and plantations of the South.
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Perspectives on the Hebraic Book

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Edited by Peggy K. Pearlstein

Perspectives on the Hebraic Book comprises the texts of the Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures on the Hebraic Book, which were delivered annually from 2000-2009 at the Library of Congress.  The series provided a venue for scholars of the Hebraic book to present original research to the public. Each talk analyzed unique perspectives on the Hebrew manuscript and book, from the printing of Hebrew books in the sixteenth-century Ottoman Empire to the Jewish book in America and the legacy of the Yiddish theater. 
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Long Remembered: Lincoln and His Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address

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With commentary by Douglas L. Wilson

Even now, scholars are not sure what Lincoln read from when he delivered his address at Gettysburg that November day in 1863. Nor was anyone (including Lincoln) completely certain about the number of words. But this we do know: Abraham Lincoln wrote — in his own hand — at least five versions of his Gettysburg Address. Now Levenger and the Library of Congress bring you, for the first time in the history of this Civil War masterpiece, all five versions digitally reproduced in full-color, full-size facsimiles. Two of the versions, the Nicolay and Hay — one the most rough and the other the most mysterious — are also reproduced unbound, ready for you to lift from their pocket in the back of the book and fold as Lincoln did. They are the closest any of us can ever come to holding in our hands the paper that Lincoln held in his. To this unique experience we add authoritative narratives by Douglas L. Wilson and three other Lincoln scholars, plus carefully curated period documents and photographs from the Library’s collections. Long Remembered  is an edition of an American treasure to be treasured anew.

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A Renaissance Globemaker's Toolbox: Johannes Schöner and the Revolution of Modern Science, 1474-1550

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By John Hessler

Publication date: March 2013

This new volume is the first scholarly publication of the Schoner Sammelbund, a collection of maps and notes made by the Nuremberg astronomer and mathematician Johannes Schöner (d. 1543). The Sammelbund--part of the collections of the Library of Congress--includes the original World Maps made by Martin Waldseemüller and a set of celestial globe gores of Schoner's design. Author John Hessler discusses Schöner's opinions on the then canonical geography of Ptolemy, and his reaction to the new discoveries of Columbus and Vespucci. The notebooks offer an unprecedented insight into the history of these materials, and into the geographical concerns that fuelled cartographic development during this critical period in the history of science and exploration. Buy now from the Library Shop

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Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

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Edited by Christel Schmidt

In the early days of cinema, when actors were unbilled and unmentioned in credits, audiences immediately noticed Mary Pickford. Moviegoers everywhere were riveted by her magnetic talent and appeal as she rose to become cinema's first great star. In this engaging collection, an eminent group of film historians sheds new light on this icon's incredible life and legacy. This beautifully designed volume features more than two hundred color and black and white illustrations, including photographs and stills from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Seeing the World Anew: the Radical Vision of Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 & 1516 World Maps

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By John Hessler and Chet Van Duzer

Published in association with Levenger Press, Seeing the World Anew features two of the Library’s cartographic treasures housed in the Geography and Map Division, reproducing them in the largest full-color formats ever authorized. Two leading authorities, both of whom have published extensively on the history of cartography, tell the stories of these maps, placing them in context of both the 16th and 21st centuries. John W. Hessler, a senior cartographic librarian at the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, provides the narrative for Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 World Map, the first map to apply the name “America” to the New World. Chet Van Duzer, an Invited Research Scholar at the John Carter Brown Library and recent Kislak Fellow at the Library of Congress, provides the narrative for Waldseemuller’s 1516 Carta marina, the first printed nautical chart of the world. The 1516 map differs markedly from the earlier map, and essentially discarded the ancient map models of Ptolemy for a more modern vision. Both of these maps disappeared after they were originally published and were lost to history until their rediscovery in 1901. The Library of Congress now owns the only extant copies. The twelve sheets that comprise each map are reproduced in full color, and at 11 x 14 inches. Composites of both maps, approximately 4 feet by 2 feet long, are folded and pocketed into the book.

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The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music

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Essay by Tom Piazza, Foreword by William R. Ferris

More than fifty years ago, on a trip dubbed “the Southern Journey,” Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider uniquely American. Lomax’s camera was a constant companion, and his images of both legendary and anonymous folk musicians complement his famous field recordings. These photographs—largely unpublished—show musicians making music with family and friends at home, with fellow worshippers at church, and alongside workers and prisoners in the fields. Discussions of Lomax’s life and career by his disciple and lauded folklorist William Ferris, and a lyrical look at Lomax’s photographs by novelist and Grammy Award-winning music writer Tom Piazza, enrich this valuable collection.
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The Nation’s Library

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The Library of Congress on Capitol Hill has been called a shrine of the world's knowledge: a renowned resource that has served Congress, other institutions and the public during its 200-year history. This celebratory guide to the Library shows the interiors of its three principal buildings the Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings as well as representative treasures from the collections. The text describes the Library's history and the role of specific Librarians of Congress in influencing its growth. The guide also reviews current collections, activities and organization. It answers the questions most commonly asked by visitors and projects future activities, particularly those related to the growing use of computers and the internet to make the Library's storehouse of knowledge accessible to people around the world.
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The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War

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By Margaret E. Wagner

With striking visuals from the Library of Congress' unparalleled archive, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War is an authoritative and engaging narrative of the domestic conflict that determined the course of American history. A detailed chronological timeline of the war captures the harrowing intensity of 19th-century warfare in first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, and front-line journalists. Readers will be enthralled by speech drafts in Lincoln's own hand, quotes from the likes of Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee, and portraits of key soldiers and politicians who are not covered in standard textbooks. The Illustrated Timeline's exciting new source material and lucid organization will give Civil War enthusiasts a fresh look at this defining period in our nation's history.
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Presidential Campaign Posters

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Introduction by Brooke Gladstone

Here are 100 ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the annals of American history. The candidates range from Andrew Jackson (“Defender of Beauty and Booty”) and William Henry Harrison (“Have Some Hard Cider!”) to Richard Nixon (“He’s the One!”), Barack Obama (“Hope”), and many, many more. You’ll find the winners as well as the losers—some forgotten, many unforgettable—along with colorful historical commentary and fascinating related artworks featured on the back of each. Best of all, the posters are bound with clean microperforated edges for quick and easy removal, so favorites can be framed and displayed. Featuring two centuries of incredible election art, Presidential Campaign Posters is the perfect gift for political junkies of all ages.
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To Know Wisdom and Instruction

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By Levon Avdoyan

The Library of Congress has chosen to honor the 500-year anniversary of this milestone, and UNESCO's decision to designate Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, as its World Book Capital 2012, with an exhibition of selections from its Armenian collections titled "'To Know Wisdom and Instruction': The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress." That exhibition and this volume honor the Armenian literary tradition with items from the Armenian collections of the Library of Congress, which have been chosen to illustrate the varieties in the Armenian literary tradition.
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Miles To Go for Freedom

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By Linda Barrett Osborne

Told through unforgettable first-person accounts, photographs, and other primary sources, this book is an overview of racial segregation and early civil rights efforts in the United States from the 1890s to 1954, a period known as the Jim Crow years. Multiple perspectives are examined as the book looks at the impact of legal segregation and discrimination on the day-to-day life of black and white Americans across the country. Complete with a bibliography and an index, this book is an important addition to black history books for young readers.
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Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography

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By Verna Posever Curtis

This book traces the rise of the album from the turn of last century to the present day, showcasing some of the most important examples in the history of the medium, as collected by the Library of Congress. The book includes albums by acclaimed photographers and filmmakers, among them Walker Evans, Danny Lyon, Holland Day, Jim Goldberg, Dorothea Lange, Duane Michals, Leni Riefenstahl and W. Eugene Smith, as well as lesser-known but equally significant albums. Each album is beautifully reproduced over numerous spreads with an accompanying detailed explanatory text.
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The Poets Laureate Anthology

The Poets Laureate Anthology

Edited and with introductions by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt; foreword by Billy Collins

This is a groundbreaking record of poetry, charting the course of American verse over the last seventy-five years. For the first time, work from each of the forty-three poets laureate is gathered in a single volume. From Robert Frost's iconic "The Road Not Taken" to Gwendollyn Brooks's "We Real Cool," from the elegiac Stanley Kunitz to the humor of Billy Collins to the numinous lyricism of W. S. Merwin, the wide-ranging selections in the book celebrate the monuments of American poetry. Spirited introductions by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt place the poets and their poems in historical and literary context and shine light on the interesting and often uneasy relationship between politics and art. The Poets Laureate Anthology is an inviting, monumental collection for everyone's library, with much of the best poetry written in America over the last century.
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The Washington Haggadah

The Washington Haggadah

By Joel Ben Simeon, introduction by David Stern, Katrin Kogman-Appel

After the Bible, the Passover haggadah is the most widely read classic text in the Jewish tradition. More than four thousand editions have been published since the late fifteenth century, but few are as exquisite as the Washington Haggadah, which resides in the Library of Congress. Now, a stunning facsimile edition meticulously reproduced in full color brings this beautiful illuminated manuscript to a new generation. Joel ben Simeon, the creator of this unusually well-preserved codex, was among the most gifted and prolific scribe-artists in the history of the Jewish book. This edition faithfully preserves the original text, with the Hebrew facsimile appearing in the original right-to-left orientation. It will be read and treasured by anyone interested in Jewish history, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and the history of the haggadah.
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Baseball Americana

Baseball Americana

By Harry Katz, Frank Ceresi, Phil Michel, Wilson McBee, and Susan Reyburn

The Library of Congress houses the world’s largest baseball collection, documenting the history of the game and providing a unique look at America since the late 1700s. From baseball’s biggest stars to street urchins, from its most newsworthy stories to sandlot and Little League games, Baseball Americana examines baseball’s hardscrabble origins, rich cultural heritage, and uniquely American character. The more than 350 fabulous illustrations—many never before published—feature first-generation, vintage photographic and chromolithographic baseball cards; photographs of famous players and ballparks; and newspaper clippings, cartoons, New Deal photographs, and baseball advertisements.
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Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery and the Civil War Through Reconstruction

Traveling the Freedom Road

By Linda Barrett Osborne

Told through unforgettable first person accounts, Traveling the Freedom Road provides an overview for young people of the antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The book draws on interviews conducted with former slaves in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project, housed in the Library of Congress. It also includes stories culled from diaries, fugitive slave narratives, schoolwork, anti-slavery publications, and other nineteenth century materials that focus on the experiences of African American children, as well as adults. More than 80 archival images from the Library’s vast collections, among them photographs, prints and newspaper clippings, complement the text.
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World War Two 365 Days

World War Two 365 Days

By Margaret E. Wagner, introduction by David M. Kennedy

A singular visual history of that world-altering event, World War II: 365, with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy, includes more than 500 color and black-and white images drawn from the incomparable collections of the Library of Congress. Photos, cartoons, posters, book illustrations, maps, illustrated envelopes, Allied and Axis propaganda pamphlets, and eye-witness drawings are complemented by succinct text that places each image in context and explores relevant topics. Quotations from diaries, letters, and recorded interviews lace through the text, adding to the immediacy of the narrative. Many of those quotes, and a number of unique images, come from the growing archives of the Library’s Veterans History Project, which gathers first-hand accounts of war experiences from American veterans.
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Fields of Vision: The Photographs of Jack Delano

Fields of Vision

Introduction by Esmeralda Santiago

The approximately 172,000 photographs in the Library of Congress’ collection from the Farm Security Administration (FSA), later the Office of War Information (OWI), provide a unique view of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War. Initially conceived to document government loans to farmers and their subsequent resettlement in suburban communities, this government project expanded to create a visual record of agricultural workers across the United States, as well as a record of both rural and urban centers as the nation prepared for World War II. Each volume in the “Fields of Vision” series features an introduction to the work of a single FSA photographer by a leading contemporary author or writer, and presents 50 striking images that show how the particular vision of these photographers helped shape the collective identity of America.
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Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist

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By Harry Katz and Haynes Johnson

Throughout a career spanning seventy-two years and thirteen American presidents, Herblock’s spare, folksy cartoons cartoons focused on important issues of the time, making Americans take note of the human folly that is politics. Published in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition chronicling his life and times, Herblock is a celebration of his life that reinforces the importance of editorial cartoons as a vital means for expressing political opinion in America. Haynes Johnson provides a reverent and insightful biography, while Harry Katz places Herblock and his work in context. In addition to more than two hundred fifty cartoons in the text, a DVD containing more than 18,000 cartoons completes the collection.
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Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan

Framing the West

By Toby Jurovics, Carol M. Johnson, Glenn G. Willumson, and William F. Stapp

Co-published by sister institutions the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this scholarly volume accompanies the exhibition “Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O'Sullivan,” held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., from February 12 to May 9, 2010. While traversing the mountain and desert regions of the western United States for six seasons between 1867 and 1874, O'Sullivan developed a forthright and rigorous style of photography in response to the landscapes of the American West, and returned to Washington, D.C. with hundreds of photographs. Housed in the Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division, these images deftly balancing the interests of science and art form the foundation of the library's extensive collection of early western landscape photography.
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