Library of Congress’ Manuscripts Div. starts a new blog to unfold American history

Image: Library of Congress Manuscript Division. Image credit: LoC

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Washington/Canadian-Media: The Library of Congress (LoC)’s Manuscript Division, the treasure house of a vast collection of stories of the world’s most extensive archives related to American history documenting our political, social, cultural, military, and scientific pasts is starting their own blog, (LoC) News reports said.

Josh Levy, a historian of science and technology in that division, has written this introductory blog. 

Among these more than 12,000 collections together encompassing more than 70 million items, are the personal papers of presidents and artists, judges and activists, generals and poets, scientists and nurses, and transformative organizations like the NAACP and the Works Progress Administration. 

A new blog Unfolding History: Manuscripts at the Library of Congress aims to offer a wider window into those collections where LoC’s historians, archivists, and reference librarians will share stories about exciting new discoveries and items that catch their eye and bring you stories that hope to spark new research ideas, find their way into your classrooms and pause your scrolling during lunch hour.

These unique collections of documents, digital files, and objects would facilitate current and future generations to probe, understand, and continually reconsider what matters about our past and present.

Image: Manuscript Division archivists make sense of materials that often come to them folded, bundled, stacked, or mangled. Pictured is a suitcase holding an addition to the papers of actor-director Eva Le Gallienne. It turned out to hold a letter from half-sister Hesper describing ships massing on the English coast for D-Day, and setting out for France “like ghosts in the pale light.” Image credit: LoC