A tribute, including two hundred photographs and illustrations, to the design, construction, and decoration of the Library of Congress building on its centennial, offers information on the architects, sculptors, and painters who contributed to its lasting beauty.
The Library of Congress occupies a unique place in American civilization. Established a legislative library in 1800, it grew into a national institution in the 19th century. Since WW II, it has become an international resource of unparalleled dimensions. This documnet is a history of the Library of Congress, America's oldest national cultural institution, which will be 200 years old in the year 2000. Thomas Jefferson's personal library is the library's core. Discusses the collections, the buildings, and the Librarians of Congress. Reading list. Color photos.
This two-volume collection of folktales represents some of the finest examples of American oral tradition. Drawn from the largest archive of American folk culture, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, this set comprises magic tales, legends, jokes, tall tales and personal narratives, many of which have never been transcribed before, much less published, in a sweeping survey. Eminent folklorist and award-winning author Carl Lindahl selected and transcribed over 200 recording sessions - many from the 1920s and 1930s - that span the 20th century, including recent material drawn from the September 11 Project. Included in this varied collection are over 200 tales organized in chapters by storyteller, tale type or region, and representing diverse American cultures, from Appalachia and the Midwest to Native American and Latino traditions. Each chapter begins by discussing the storytellers and their oral traditions before presenting and introducing each tale, making this collection accessible to high school students, general readers or scholars.