The centerpiece of our annual Poetry Month celebration is the release of 50 newly digitized recordings to the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature—and we’re delighted to say that this year is no different! If you’re unfamiliar with the archive, here’s a little history: the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature dates back to 1943 and contains nearly 2,000 audio recordings of poets and writers participating in literary events at the Library of Congress, along with sessions recorded in the Recording Laboratory in the Library’s Jefferson Building.
The Library of Congress celebrates its birthday on April 24
In 1800, as part of an act of Congress providing for the removal of the new national government from Philadelphia to Washington, President John Adams approved an act of Congress providing $5,000 for books for the use of Congress—the beginning of the Library of Congress.
Since that beginning 221 years ago, the Library has grown to become the largest library in the world with a collection of more than 170 million items that document human creativity and achievement across the centuries and around the globe.
A Guided Dance Research Tour for National Dance Week, April 16-25
National Dance Week 2021 is upon us! Let’s take a guided tour from the safety of our homes through a recently published research guide, Dance Research at the Library of Congress. Pay close attention to all of the digital resources available online!
Celebrate Preservation Week with the Library, April 25 – May 1
The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate is excited to present a Topics in Preservation Series (TOPS) for Preservation Week 2021! We are hosting webinars every weekday of Preservation Week at 11am (EST). The five webinars will feature preservation-related projects at the Library, including discussions about adjusting priorities and preserving collections during the pandemic and the Library’s work to train the next generation of preservationists.
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is bringing more workers’ voices from around the country to listeners with the second season of “America Works,” a podcast series celebrating the diversity, resilience and creativity of the American workforce during a time of economic challenge and transition.
The Fall 2021 session of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program (AHHA) is part of the new Of the People: Widening the Path initiative at the Library of Congress. AHHA gives the next generation of diverse archivists and knowledge workers invaluable opportunities to analyze, preserve, and bring to light collections that represent the rich cultural and creative heritage of the United States.
This program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate juniors and seniors, masters, and Ph.D. candidates from all majors, as well as those who have graduated between December 2020 – June 2021.
The application period closes April 23, 2021 and the expected internship start date is September 13, 2021.
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