This Day in History …

hlt08001.jpg From the Library’s Web site: “On April 24, 1800, Pres. John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the Library’s first home. The collection consisted of 740 volumes and three maps.”

The current collection includes over 100 million items and an overwhelming array of online resources through the American Memory Collection. Highlights include images from baseball’s early history in the 1860’s, presidential papers including letters written by Abraham Lincoln, early advertisements from 1850-1920, and oral history interviews with newly arrived immigrants.

If you need help using the web site, which is actually a bit complicated, please talk to one of the librarians.

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