Tomorrow, December 7th, 2013, marks the 72nd anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. On that day in 1941, Japanese bombers and other aircraft launched a surprise attack on the U.S.’s Pearl Harbor naval base on Hawaii’s Oahu island. The attack left nearly 2,500 dead and over 1,000 wounded. In addition it destroyed hundreds of American ships and aircraft and launched the United States into World War II. Congress and President Franklin more »
This post was written by Chris Cottrill, head of the National Air and Space Museum Library. November 11, 2013. Today is Veteran’s Day and a federal holiday. For some of us that can mean a chance to sleep-in, run some errands, or have an extended weekend away. But it’s also the one day we should recall those we know or knew that put on the uniform (enlisted or draftee) and served their more »
This week, September 22-28, is Banned Books Week, an annual event coordinated by the American Library Association that celebrates the freedom to read. Banned books are ones that have been removed, or threatened with removal, from library shelves because some felt their content was inappropriate for certain audiences. Many of the titles deemed controversial in the past have become today’s classics. We’ve already shared with you some of the surprising modern banned more »
Who says librarians can’t be fashionable? Join us September 5th-12th as we celebrate New York Fashion Week by highlighting the fabulous fashion and costume items in our collections. Stay tuned here on the blog, as well as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, as we strut down the virtual catwalk!
In 1894, Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, was officially established and signed into law by President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) to recognize the contribution of American workers. The day is usually associated with trade unionism and its historic appeals for the right to organize in the workplace, the eight hour workday, the five day work week, workman’s compensation, the abolishment of night work without compensation, equal pay for more »
This post was written by Leslie K. Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books. Walt Kelly, famed field naturalist of the Okeefenokee Swamp, was born on Aug.25, 1913. He first revealed Okeefenokee’s extraordinary zoological community to the world in 1949. It included an alligator, turtle, owl, porcupine, skunk, three bats, even worms on occasion, and various others. Contrary to basic scientific protocols, Kelly tended to personalize, even anthropomorphize, his research subjects: He named more »
This post was written by Audrey Hopkins. Audrey is a Summer 2013 intern at the National Museum of American History Library. She is currently a library graduate student at Simmons College in Boston. This fourth of July, we give you all the fixings for a barbershop quartet! Among the collections here in the National Museum of American History Library are a number of books on American music. For 25 cents in 1897, more »