Library of Congress – Digital Collections

The Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States of America. It serves as the research arm of Congress, and is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. A part of its material is available online through this website.

In August 2015 the digital material was divided in 241 collections, containing maps, photographs, letters, diaries, newspapers, audio recordings, historic films, and many other types of digital sources. The material dates from the Middle Ages until the present day. Many different topics, relating to various parts of the world (emphasis is on the United States of America), are present: for example photographs from the Ottoman Empire in the period 1880-1893, the collection of Bronislava Nijinska, resources on Felix Mendelssohn, maps, the papers of Hannah Arendt, and Internet pages dealing with the papal transition of 2005.

Each collection has different search and browse options. Items are shown in high definition and can be downloaded in various formats. Metadata are provided.

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Monday, 14 December 2015 - 5:00pm
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