News from the Library of Congress:2021 National Film Registry, Latinos in Public Media & More

2021 National Film Registry, Latinos in Public Media & More

‘Return of the Jedi’ Among 25 Eclectic Films Joining National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the annual selection of 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage, the newest selections include epic trilogies, major roles for Jennifer Lopez and Cicely Tyson, extraordinary animated features, comedy and music, and films that took on racially-motivated violence against people of color decades ago.

Learn more about the 2021 National Film Registry.


The “tick, tick … BOOM!” Research at the Library

When Lin-Manuel Miranda visited the Library on Oct. 10, 2017, not many people knew about it. Clad in jeans and sweatshirt, the celebrated “Hamilton” creator quietly made his way to the Performing Arts Reading Room.

There, with two companions, he began sifting through the papers of theater composer Jonathan Larson. The trio was on a mission to bring one of Larson’s works to cinematic life.

Learn more.


The 2021 Library of Congress Holiday Celebration

Watch the 2021 annual Library of Congress Holiday Celebration, streamed live from the Great Hall. This event honors three of the winter holidays customarily commemorated in the U.S.: Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa.

Watch the livestream.


Holiday Gift Guide at the Library of Congress Shop

Deck the halls, the Library of Congress Holiday Gift Guide has arrived! Explore our unique collection of holiday themed items, all inspired by the Library.

Shop the Library’s Holiday Gift Guide.


The Library Adopts New Digital Collections Strategy

As of this fall, the Library has a new blueprint for collecting born-digital content. The updated strategy succeeds a digital collecting plan implemented in 2017, whose objectives have been mostly achieved. But the new strategy also goes beyond that plan. The new five-year plan covers the full lifecycle of
born-digital materials.

Read more.


New Magazine: Gifts That Keep Giving

Over the decades, donations from civic-minded citizens have helped build the extraordinary holdings of the Library of Congress. Also, a new collection chronicles the creation of G.I. Joe and an 18th-century volume provides the earliest slave narrative in the United States. Learn how generations of civic-minded citizens have helped build the Library’s collections in the latest issue of the Library of Congress Magazine (LCM). 

Read the new issue of the Library of Congress Magazine.


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