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President's Century-Old Affair Letters to Be Released

But they're not to Warren Harding's best-known mistress

(Newser) - A thousand pages of love letters from the man some historians say was America's most scandalous president to a mistress will see the light of day next month for the first time in around a century. The Library of Congress says the letters from Warren G. Harding to Claire... More »

25 More Films Picked for Posterity

'Roger & Me,' 'Mary Poppins' make the cut for Library of Congress

(Newser) - What could Mary Poppins, Pulp Fiction, and Roger & Me possibly have in common? They were among 25 films selected by the National Film Registry to be preserved for their cultural, historical, or cinematic significance. Here are the movies honored today by the Library of Congress, in alphabetical order:
  • Bless
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Library of Congress Adds 25 More Recordings

Simon & Garfunkel, Chubby Checker, Janis Joplin, and Pink Floyd among inductees

(Newser) - Pink Floyd is about to be enshrined in the Library of Congress. So are Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Chubby Checker, and 21 other artists, the institution said today, as it announced the latest expansion of its audio collection. The selected recordings span from 1918 to 1980, the AP reports.... More »

National Film Registry Adds 25 Movies

'Christmas Story,' 'League of Their Own,' 'Matrix' make the cut

(Newser) - The Library of Congress has added 25 films to its National Film Registry, with some familiar titles in the mix, reports the LA Times :
  • A Christmas Story (1983): Yep, the perennial favorite about the quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.
  • The Matrix (1999): The one that started the sci-fi
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Carole King First Woman to Get US Song Honor

Library of Congress salutes her lifetime of work with Gershwin prize

(Newser) - Carole King makes a little history next spring when she collects the 2013 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the US Library of Congress. King is the first woman to win the honor, which salutes a body of songwriting, reports the LA Times . King, 70, made her name with the... More »

Among 25 Newly Honored US Sounds: 'Purple Rain'

Only-known audio of ex-slaves also joins National Recording Registry

(Newser) - America's archived history just got a little noisier: 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry. The additions are being announced today by the Library of Congress. Among them:
  • A handful of pop/rock songs: Donna Summer's 1977 hit "I
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America's Best Record Collection Takes Shape

Library of Congress announcing plan to expand public access

(Newser) - A former nuclear fallout shelter near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia is now home to the nation's musical and cinematic history over the past century. The Library of Congress's state-of-the-art $250 million Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation contains nearly 100 miles of shelves and 6 million goodies—... More »

Empire Strikes Back Bound for Library of Congress

Saturday Night Fever also chosen for preservation collection

(Newser) - The Empire Strikes Back and Saturday Night Fever are among 25 films bound for a special Library of Congress archive this year. Some 2,100 films picked by the National Film Preservation Board and the public were nominated for preservation in the National Film Registry, the AP reports. The films... More »

'Declaration' Reveals Jefferson Slip-Up

Founding father wrote 'subjects,' then changed to 'citizens'

(Newser) - Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from England, had trouble breaking free from monarchical rule. In an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote the word "subjects," when he referred to the American public. He then erased that word and replaced it with... More »

Why Archiving Tweets for Posterity Is a Wise Move

Historians might love to know what you ate for breakfast

(Newser) - Lots of people are snickering over the Library of Congress' decision to archive everything tweeted on Twitter, but Christopher Beam doesn't think it's "especially crazy." It will provide historians with a treasure trove of the mundane, giving them insights into how ordinary people lived and thought that would... More »

Library of Congress Adds Twitter to Collection

Yes, all of Twitter—every public tweet since 2006

(Newser) - Good news: future generations will someday be able to read about what you ate for lunch, your opinions on last night’s Lost, and anything else you’ve decided to Tweet about, in the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress. The Library today announced—via Tweet, naturally—that it... More »

Library of Congress Immortalizes Jackson's 'Thriller'

It's the first music video to make the National Film Registry

(Newser) - Michael Jackson has scored another posthumous honor: The Library of Congress has selected his "Thriller" video to be among the 25 films added this year to the National Film Registry. It's the first music video to make the cut. Other honorees include The Muppet Movie, Dog Day Afternoon, Pillow ... More »

Lynndie England Speech Canceled by Threats

(Newser) - A lecture by Lynndie England—the woman who became the public face of the Abu Ghraib scandal—had to be canceled at the Library of Congress yesterday after multiple threats led to concerns about staff safety. The former Army reservist had been scheduled to discuss her biography as part of... More »

Wonder Delivers Classical Opus

Performs 20-minute composition before receiving US award

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder performed an original classical piece last night at the Library of Congress, where he is due to receive the second Gershwin Prize for Popular Song tomorrow, the Washington Post reports. He played piano, keyboard, and harmonica along with a 21-piece ensemble performing “Sketches of a Life,”... More »

Terminator, Deliverance Join US Film History

(Newser) - The Terminator will live forever. The Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick is among 25 films being added this year to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, which seeks to preserve movies of historical, cultural, or aesthetic note. Also among the crop this year were Deliverance, The Asphalt Jungle, Sergeant York,... More »

Flickr Users Help ID Archival Photos

Historical archives find new life online

(Newser) - Flickr users are helping the Library of Congress identify photos in its historical archives, reports USA Today. So far, users have supplied information on 500 photos featured in Flickr's "The Commons" project, which drew 8.2 million views in just 6 months. Both partners are "stunned by the... More »

Digital Rules Stymie Library of Congress

Copyright restrictions make even routine archiving difficult

(Newser) - Anti-copyright laws are irritating not only casual music listeners or movie watchers who want to back up their digital media—even the Library of Congress is butting heads with the rules that forbid the duplication of copyrighted works, Ars Technica finds. And though the library has pushed for changes in... More »

Thriller Joins Top US History Trove

Jackson hit album added to prestigious aural archives

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's Thriller has been added to the prestigious National Recording Registry's archive of the most important recordings in American history, Variety reports. The monster 1982 hit joins 24 other "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" new additions to the collection, including a 1925 recording of the first-ever broadcast to... More »

Now on eBay: 6 Million Songs for Just $50M

World's greatest music collection is looking for a home, again

(Newser) - Record collector supreme Paul Mawhinney has put his collection of over 6 million songs on eBay, but with its value estimated at $50 million and a $3 million starting bid, bidders could be rarer than some of the jewels in the collection, the Idolator writes. "It's the history of... More »

Now Playing: 25 Timeless Flicks

Back to the Future , Bullitt , Days of Heaven ascend to American film-buff heaven

(Newser) - The Librarian of Congress showed off his eclectic film taste this week, selecting 25 "culturally, historically or aesthetically" notable movies that will be preserved forever in the National Film Registry. The widely varied picks, which bring the total list to 475, include:
  1. Back to the Future (1985)
  2. Days of
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