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The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection
Taking the illustrated book as its central theme and containing books from the last six centuries and manuscripts from the three preceding.

The Jay I. Kislak Collection
Cultures and history of the Americas. Includes thousands of books and artifacts of native civilizations of the Americas donated by Jay and Jean Kislak.


American Books
Books published in and/or cover the topic of the United States.

Prints by John James Audubon
A selection of prints from the John James Audubon Birds of America Collection.

Children's Literature
Children's literature selected from multiple collections across the Rare Book and Special Collection Division.

Slavic Books
Books published from the Slavic countries. Selected from multiple collections across the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Travels and Voyages
Books on travel and voyages. Selected from multiple collections across the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

The Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake
Amassed by Hans P. Kraus, this collection comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about Sir Francis Drake’s voyages.

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
From the Stern Collection, primary and secondary materials relating to Abraham Lincoln. Includes letters, pamphlets, broadsides, realia and assorted ephemera.

African American Perspectives; The Daniel A. P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907
A review of African-American history and culture spanning almost one hundred years from the early nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries.
From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909
Presents pamphlets by African-American authors and others who wrote about slavery, African colonization, Emancipation, Reconstruction, and related topics.
An American Time Capsule; Three Centuries of Broadsides and Printed Ephemera
A rich repository of Americana primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
Documents the historical and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
Documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, ca. 1490-1920 An American Ballroom Companion
Over two hundred social dance manuals and also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette.

"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations Approximately 400 items relating to inaugurations from George Washington's to Barack Obama's inauguration. Includes diaries and letters, handwritten drafts, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
Over a hundred pamphlets and books concerning the experiences of African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
Song sheets spanning the period from the turn of the nineteenth century to the 1880s.

The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
Rare items from the collection include English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, theater playbills and program, photographs and memorabilia documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini.

Votes for Women: Selections from the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, 1848-1921
Books, pamphlets and other artifacts documenting the suffrage campaign donated by Carrie Chapman Catt, longtime president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911
Between 1897 and 1911 Elizabeth Smith Miller and her daughter, Anne Fitzhugh Miller, filled seven large scrapbooks with ephemera and memorabilia related to their work with women's suffrage. The scrapbooks are a part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) Collection.

American Women: A Gateway to Resources at the Library of Congress
Women's history materials drawn from a plethora of Library sources including the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
The Lewis Carrol Scrapbook
An original scrapbook kept by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. It contains approximately 130 items, including newspaper clippings, photographs, and manuscript materials..

Additional Books
Of various topics and origins. Holdings from the Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Special Collection Catalogues

Sir Francis Drake, a Pictorial Biography
This presentation of the life of Sir Francis Drake in manuscripts, engraved portraits and views, maps, medals, and books, is intended to show Drake as he appeared to his contemporaries. Most of the documentation is from his own lifetime, the balance being from the period shortly after his death when some of the most detailed narratives of his campaigns and raids appeared.
Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson
Compiled with Annotations by E. Millicent Sowerby The book collections of the Library of Congress were reestablished, after their destruction in 1814, by the purchase of the private library of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). At the time of the purchase, Jefferson's collection contained 6,487 volumes in the fields of politics, history, science, law literature, fine arts, and philosophy and was recognized as one of the finest private libraries in the United States. The Jefferson Library forms the nucleus around which the present collections of the Library of Congress have been assembled.
My Cookery Books
A select bibliography of Elizabeth Robins Pennell' collection.



Exploring the Early Americas; The Jay I. Kislak Collection
Selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress.
Illuminating the Word; The St. John's Bible
An illuminated, handwritten Bible commissioned by Saint John's University and Abbey in Minnesota.
Thomas Jefferson's Library
Divided into categories of Memory, Reason, and Imagination—which Jefferson translated to “History,” “Philosophy,” and “Fine Arts”—and further divided into forty-four “chapters,” the collection placed within Jefferson’s fingertips the span of his multifaceted interests.
Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Book
Woodcut-illustrated books purchased by Lessing J. Rosenwald at the Dyson Perrins sale, now part of the legendary Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress.


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