Library of Congress

Library of Congress


World’s largest library. Explore collections, services & plan a visit. Follow @LibnOfCongress to meet Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress.

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NEW ONLINE: We have just made available newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass , the African American abolitionist who escaped slavery and became one of the most famous orators, authors & journalists of the 19th century. MORE:

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Today in History: Beginning in 1937, U.S. presidents are inaugurated on January 20, changed from March 4 after the 20th amendment to the Constitution is passed. #otd  #tih 

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by experiencing our online exhibition, the "Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom." #MLKDay 

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Ready for a winter vacation to get away from it all? Check out these warm & sunny destination suggestions—from 1914—via our historical newspaper collections #ChronAm 

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Today in History: Paris Peace Conference of World War I begins, 1919 #ww1  #otd  #tih 

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Shop Saturday: Make a sock statement & keep your feet warm! Collection-based gifts and wearables from our Library Shop.

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Legendary baseball players Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 1937. Read more sports history in our online newspaper archives. #ChronAm  #otd 

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NEWS: @LibnOfCongress  Carla Hayden today appointed Joy Harjo as the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Native American to serve in the position. "Words are powerful & can make change when understanding appears impossible."

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Today in History: Union General US Grant accepts surrender of Confederate army by Robert E Lee at Appomattox Court House, ending Civil War, 1865 #otd  #tih 

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Today in History: Rosa Parks is arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for keeping her seat on a bus, 1955 #otd  #tih 

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Today in History: novelist, folklorist, dramatist & anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston born, 1891 #hbd  #otd  #tih 

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A hilarious, in-your-face, bawdy-yet-provocative look at two sardonic young slacker store clerks, "Clerks" (1994), the debut from director @ThatKevinSmith  (and Silent Bob in the film), was added today to the National Film Registry#NatFilmRegistry 

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