American Memory

If you haven’t visited The Library of Congress web site in a while, take time to explore this short list of links to some of the site’s American Memory digital collections. Each collection provides a variety of materials, including audio recordings, text and photographs, as well as, copyright information pertinent to the use of that collection.

Omaha Indian Music
Includes: Contest Song, Clown Song, Buffalo Dance Song, spoken word recordings, and  Pow-Wow Audio in Sequence

American Environmental Photographs 1891-1936
Includes: 4,500 photographs featuring “ecological settings” such as, dunes, forests, mosses, the Grand Canyon, the Sierra Nevada and more.

African American Odyssey
This special presentation and compilation of collections includes:
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938
The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909

Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting
Did you know that Paterson is thought to be “the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America”? This collection includes an extensive list of audio recordings sporting titles such as:
“We used to have to drink milk to coat our stomach.”
“Whatever it is, it has to stay clean.”
“Silk is like the icing on the cake.”
“They came right to Ellis Island to meet me.”

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election
Includes: Calvin Coolidge, Samuel Gompers, Warren Harding, Miles Poindexter, Franklin D. Roosevelt and many more.