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October 4, 1989 | ROBERT M. ANDREWS, Associated Press
If you fancy a grinning Richard Nixon clown doll or a bas-relief of the Last Supper in bilious brown plastic, the Library of Congress is the place for you. Famous for its priceless collection of books and manuscripts, the Library of Congress also is the secret repository for perhaps the world's biggest collection of the ephemera of American pop culture. From birdbaths to Barbie dolls, the library has it all. "We don't critique it, we just collect it," says Frank J. Evina of the library's U.S.
December 18, 2013 | By Susan King
A beloved musical about a magical nanny, an epic about the first astronauts, a silent film with a Native American cast and a sci-fi thriller loosely based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" are among the 25 motion pictures to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington was expected to announce the selections Wednesday morning. FOR THE RECORD: National Film Registry: In the Dec. 18 Calendar section, an article about 25 films named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry said that Sandy Dennis was nominated for an Oscar for 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
December 28, 1992 | WILLIAM F. GIBSON, Gibson is chairman of the NAACP national board of directors
The recognition of thW. Griffith film "Birth of a Nation" by the Library of Congress ("More Classic Films," Calendar, Dec. 4) is an insult to more than 30 million African-Americans and every fair-minded moviegoer in America, and a repudiation of everything the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People stands for. It is difficult to understand how Librarian of Congress James H. Billington can defend this choice as a film that has "cultural, historical or aesthetic significance."
October 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning Oct. 1, 2013 until further notice," reads the Library of Congress website . Not only are the front doors locked; the website has been shut down too. Only two components of it are accessible: and , both of which track legislation moving through Congress -- or not moving, as...
October 29, 1999 | From the Washington Post
The Library of Congress has tentatively agreed with the family of Martin Luther King Jr. to acquire the civil rights leader's personal papers for $20 million. The purchase of the 80,000 items, which has to be authorized by Congress, would be the most expensive in the library's 200-year history. Officials there have been interested in King's papers since before his assassination in 1968.
September 20, 1989 | MICHAEL J. YBARRA and NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writers
Fifty years after first setting foot in town, Mr. Smith has come to Washington again. The 1939 film classic "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" was among 25 movies cited Tuesday as American movie treasures by the Library of Congress. The move was designed to bring attention to the fragility of the medium and spur wider efforts to protect its finest exemplars. The proposal to designate certain films as "national treasures" grew out of the controversy over colorizing black-and-white films.
December 14, 2005 | Carl Hartman, Associated Press
Benjamin Franklin was a passionate writer, especially in the cause of the democracy he helped found, but even such a prolific man of letters may have had second thoughts about posting too-hasty words, according to an exhibition for the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. "Look upon your hands! They are stained with the Blood of your Relations!" Franklin wrote indignantly to an old English friend at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
In an unusual, sharply worded letter to the librarian of Congress, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said Tuesday he was "surprised and disappointed" that library officials gave the public access to the papers of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall less than two years after he left the court. No member of the Marshall family or official of the court was consulted before the papers were released, Rehnquist said.
June 2, 1993 | Associated Press
The widow of jazz composer Charles Mingus presented his scores, recordings, photographs and other memorabilia to the Library of Congress on Tuesday, saying she hoped the library would help Americans get to know his music.
November 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Google Inc. is giving $3 million to the Library of Congress to help set up a system for creating digital copies of rare documents from around the world -- the latest step in Google's crusade to expand the amount of information that can be indexed by its Internet search engine. With the donation, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google becomes the first business to back the World Digital Library, which began to take shape about five months ago.
February 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
A broad-scale plan to preserve the nation's cultural heritage captured on sound recordings and to make more than a century's worth of recorded materials more widely available for educational purposes is being unveiled Wednesday at the Library of Congress in Washington. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, was scheduled to introduce the library's comprehensive National Recording Preservation Plan, the library's response to Congress' passing of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000.
December 19, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Library of Congress announced the names of 25 films Wednesday that are to be enshrined in its National Film Registry. Of those 25, 5-1/2 were based on books or stories. The half? Read on. The 1983 film "A Christmas Story" -- with Ralphie, a frozen tongue and the fra- gee -lay leg lamp -- was based on the short story collection "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd, first published in 1966. Shepherd was a humorist who worked in radio, television, print and film -- he co-wrote the screenplay of "A Christmas Story" and is the movie's voiceover narrator.
November 28, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Want to hear Mick Jagger talk about the Beatles? Tony Bennett laud the genius of Louis Armstrong? B.B. King express his blues over the future of the blues? Audio interviews with those and dozens more of the biggest names in rock, pop, jazz, blues, country and R&B are now streaming free at the Library of Congress website , opening access to hundreds of hours of recordings collected by veteran music industry executive Joe Smith. As reported  in June, Smith donated his collection of audio interviews with many of the most celebrated figures in 20 th century pop music.
June 28, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Seth MacFarlane's film directing debut, "Ted," opens on Friday, and while the creator of "Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad" certainly has his hands full doing the normal film promotional duties, he's managed to make headlines of a different sort with an act that's pretty surprising if you only know him from "Family Guy" and filthy teddy bear movies: He's donated the papers of famed scientist and astronomer Carl Sagan to the Library...
May 25, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Before the era of the 24-hour news cycle and weekly televised debates, the predominant and most creative outlet for presidential candidates to communicate their vision was the campaign poster. With "Presidential Campaign Posters" (Quirk Books), the Library of Congress takes a look back at two centuries of memorable election art. The book begins with the 1828 Andrew Jackson / John Quincy Adams race, spanning through 2008's Barack Obama / John McCain battle - including Shepard Fairey's memorable Obama "Hope" poster - and covering every campaign in between.
May 8, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
About an hour south of Washington, D.C., deep beneath rolling hills near the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, lies a storehouse filled with bounty. At one time, during the Cold War, that treasure was cash — about $3-billion worth — that the Federal Reserve had socked away inside cinderblock bunkers built to keep an accessible, safe stash of funds in case of nuclear attack. Photos: America's record stash Now what's buried here, however, is cultural rather than financial: The bunkers are a repository containing nearly 100 miles of shelves stacked with some 6 million items: reels of film; kinescopes; videotape and screenplays; magnetic audiotape; wax cylinders; shellac, metal and vinyl discs; wire recordings; paper piano rolls; photographs; manuscripts; and other materials.
June 3, 2001
The international collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., gets its due starting Thursday with the opening of the "World Treasures" permanent gallery in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The library, which claims to be the world's largest, may be best known for its American collection, but about three-fourths of its nearly 121 million items are in languages other than English, a spokesman said. The new gallery will change exhibits every few months.
April 21, 1994 | Anne Michaud, Times staff writer
OP Makes Noise in Library: An ad created by Bozell/SMS in Costa Mesa has been chosen by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its permanent collection. Selections are based on the work being indicative of the times. The four-color ad for Ocean Pacific reads, "If you think OP is a relative of Aunt Bea, we need to talk."
December 6, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis figured he was eminently qualified to write about the Obama administration's struggles over how to try terrorism suspects. After all, Davis served from 2005 to 2007 as the U.S. military's chief prosecutor at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, home to some detainees whose prosecution is a subject of heated national debate. But after Davis wrote two opinion pieces harshly criticizing the administration's detainee policies last year, he was abruptly fired by the Library of Congress.
October 30, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Sharing the street level with a Subway sandwich shop in San Francisco's South of Market district, the tiny lobby of a three-story brick building offers few clues that a treasure trove of music, theater and film is inside. From a sidewalk bustling with hipsters and high-tech workers, a sharp-eyed passerby might spot a movie poster of Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron dancing in "An American in Paris. " But otherwise, there is little to indicate that, behind the doors, lies an immense archive of one of the most beloved and influential songwriting teams in American history: composer George Gershwin and his lyricist brother, Ira. FOR THE RECORD: Gershwin archive: A front page index item in the Oct. 30 Section A referring to an article in that day's Calendar section about a Gershwin archive relocating from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., said that the archive was moving to the Smithsonian.
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