This Follow Friday post is about Library of Congress blogs.
The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
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Its name comes its original mission to serve as the research arm of Congress, a purpose it still fulfills today. The Library’s formal mission is to “support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.” Eleven Library of Congress blogs certainly fulfill the latter part of their mission.
The Library of Congress blogs are excellent resources, free to all, organized by broad historical subjects.
They contain a wealth of information for researchers from the vast collections at the Library of Congress. In a world crowded with online resources, the Library of Congress blogs are worth following for help with your family history research.
The URL for the main page for all Library of Congress blogs, including copyright, teaching, folklore, law, science and technology, poetry and literature, and performing arts is located at http://blogs.loc.gov/.
These Library of Congress blogs are of particular interest to genealogists:
The Signal: Digital Preservation
“‘The Signal’ is meant to elicit two images. The name sounds a bit like a town newspaper, one that has timely information that people can put to practical use. That is our basic intent–discuss digital stewardship in a way that is informative and appealing. ‘Signal’ also associates with computer technology, most especially management, transmission and use of data. Technology is moving fast, and we cover exciting new developments that have an impact on digital preservation and access.”
Picture This: Prints and Photographs Division
“The Picture This blog invites you to share our love of pictures and the stories they can tell. You’ll see special images that caught our eye and also learn about entire collections as we explore the vast holdings of the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress—more than 14.5 million photos, posters, cartoons, architectural designs, and historical and fine art prints.”
Voices of the Civil War
“This blog complements The Civil War in America exhibition online. Posts are written by more than forty individuals featured in the exhibition and are excerpts from their diaries, letters, and published memoirs—all eyewitness accounts to the events of the war.”
The URL for the main page for all Library of Congress blogs, including copyright, teaching, folklore, law, science and technology, poetry and literature, and performing arts, is http://blogs.loc.gov/. In a world crowded with online resources, the Library of Congress blogs are worth following for help with your family history research.
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