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|1. All cards are from the Prints and Photographs Division,
Benjamin K. Edwards Collection. Gift of Carl Sandburg, 1954.
a) Walter Johnson, pitcher, Washington, American League. Baseball card produced for Turkey Red cigarettes (American Tobacco Co.), 1911. Chromolithograph. (Call number: LOT 13163-29, no. 88. LC-USZC4-6319)
b) Tris Speaker, center fielder, Boston, American League. Baseball card produced for Turkey Red cigarettes (American Tobacco Co.), 1911. Color relief halftone. (Call number: LOT 13163-29, no. 56. LC-USZC4-6320)
c) Ty Cobb, outfield, Detroit, American League. Baseball card produced for Sweet Caporal cigarettes (American Tobacco Co.), 1911. Color relief halftone. (Call number: LOT 13163-25, no. 141. No reproduction number.)
d) King Kelly, catcher, Boston, National League. Baseball card produced for Old Judge & Gypsy Queen cigarettes by Goodwin & Co., New York, 1888. Chromolithograph. (Call number: LOT 13163-08, no. 1. LC-USZC2-5118.)
e) Connie Mack, catcher, Washington, National League. Baseball card produced for Old Judge cigarettes by Goodwin & Co., New York, copyrighted 1887. Photograph. (Call number: LOT 13163-05, no. 313. LC-USZC2-5117.)
2. An American Ballroom Companion presents a collection of over two hundred social dance manuals at the Library of Congress.The list begins with a rare late fifteenth-century source, Les basses danses de Marguerite d'Autriche (c.1490) and ends with Ella Gardner's 1929 Public dance halls, their regulation and place in the recreation of adolescents. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance. All illuminate the manner in which people have joyfully expressed themselves as they dance for and with one another.
3. "California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 consists of the full texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting the formative era of California's history through eyewitness accounts. The collection covers the dramatic decades between the Gold Rush and the turn of the twentieth century. It captures the pioneer experience; encounters between Anglo-Americans and the diverse peoples who had preceded them; the transformation of the land by mining, ranching, agriculture, and urban development; the often-turbulent growth of communities and cities; and California's emergence as both a state and a place of uniquely American dreams. The production of this collection was supported by a generous grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
4. The still photographs in this collection were made by Sidney Robertson
Cowell, WPA staff photographers, J. L. Hall, John Bateman, and possibly
others. The originals are housed variously in the Archive of Folk Culture,
American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, the Music Division, Library
of Congress, or in the Music Library collections at the University of California,
5. The Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and
the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection 21 titles) contain 274
documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification
of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress,
resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed
versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Most Broadsides are one page in length, others range
6. This collection offers access to the four Walt Whitman Notebooks
and a cardboard butterfly that disappeared from the Library of Congress
in 1942. They were returned on February 24, 1995.
7. The complete George Washington Papers from the Manuscript Division
at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 65,000 documents.
This is the largest collection of original Washington documents in the
world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence,
letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial account books,
military records, reports, and notes accumulated by Washington from 1741
through 1799. The collection is organized into eight Series or groupings.
Commonplace books, correspondence, and travel journals, document his youth
and early adulthood as a Virginia county surveyor and as colonel of the
militia during the French and Indian War. Washington's election as delegate
to the First and Second Continental Congresses and his command of the American
army during the Revolutionary war are well documented as well as his two
presidential administrations from 1789 through 1797. Because of the wide
range of Washington's interests, activities, and correspondents, which
include ordinary citizens as well as celebrated figures, his papers are
a rich source for almost every aspect of colonial and early American history.
In its online presentation, the George Washington Papers consists of approximately
147,000 images. The collection's eight series have been presented in five
successive releases from February 1998 through November 1999. A final update
of Series 4 and release of transcriptions with annotations to accompany
Series 1b Diaries in 2000 will complete the online presentation of the
George Washington Papers. This project is funded by Reuters America, Inc.,
and the Reuters Foundation.
8. The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) are among the largest and most heavily used collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies including examples as diverse as windmills, one-room schoolhouses, the Golden Gate Bridge, and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. As of March 1998, America's built environment has been recorded through surveys containing more than 363,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. This first release adds digital images to the searchable on-line catalog records, including images of the pages of written histories for all HAER surveys and about 25% of HABS surveys, 17% of the HAER survey photographs and a small sampling of the HABS and HAER measured drawings. Additional digital images will be added monthly. As an example, the on-line catalog record for the Beebe Windmill in Suffolk County, New York, shows how the full range of documentation for a survey will be displayed once it has been digitized.
9. The Civil War Map collection of the Geography and Map Division consists of reconnaissance, sketch, coastal, and theater-of-war maps which depict troop activities and fortifications during the Civil War. Part of this selection contains maps by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss, a topographical engineer in the Confederate Army. Hotchkiss made detailed battle maps that were used by Generals Lee and Jackson. This selection also includes maps that depict General Sherman's military campaigns in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
Most of the items presented here are documented in Civil War Maps:
An Annotated List of Maps and Atlases in the Library of Congress compiled
by Richard W. Stephenson in 1989. The bibliography contains 2,240 Civil
War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketch books. A selection of Civil
War maps from the bibliography will be added monthly. Original items received
since the publication of the bibliography will also be included.
10. The Printed Ephemera Collection at the Library of Congress is a rich repository of Americana. In total, the Collection comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. This preview of the digitized Printed Ephemera Collection presents fifty items from fourteen American states, the District of Columbia, and London, England. Among them is a variety of posters, notices, advertisements, proclamations, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, and business cards. They capture the experience of the American Revolution, slavery, the western land rush, the American Civil War, woman suffrage, and the Industrial Revolution from the viewpoint of those who lived through those events. A full release of this online collection is planned for late 2000 and will include several thousand more images, representing more American states, with full textual transcription of all items.
11. This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American
sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. The collection includes many
songs from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s
and from the abolitionist movement of the same period. Numerous titles
are associated with the novel and the play Uncle Tom's Cabin. Civil War
period music includes songs about African-American soldiers and the plight
of the newly emancipated slave. Post-Civil War music reflects the problems
of Reconstruction and the beginnings of urbanization and the northern migration
of African Americans. African-American popular composers include James
Bland, Ernest Hogan, Bob Cole, James Reese Europe, and Will Marion Cook.
Twentieth century titles feature many photographs of African-American musical
performers, often in costume. Unlike many other sorts of published works,
sheet music can be produced rapidly in response to an event or public interest,
and thus is a source of relatively unmediated and unrevised perspectives
on quickly changing events and public attitudes. Particularly significant
in this collection are the visual depictions of African Americans which
provide much information about racial attitudes over the course of the
nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
12. This category documents the discovery and exploration of the
Americas with both manuscripts and published maps. Many of these maps reflect
the European Age of Discoveries, dating from the late 15th century to the
17th century when Europeans were concerned primarily with determining the
outline of the continents as they explored and mapped the coastal areas
and the major waterways. Also included are 18th and 19th century maps documenting
the exploration and mapping of the interior parts of the continents, reflecting
the work of Lewis and Clark and subsequent government explorers and surveyors.
The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available
and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve
a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is
The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record
of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes,
perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does
not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may