Library of Congress

Proposed 1873 Design for Library of Congress

This is what the Library of Congress could have looked like if Leon Beaver’s design from 1873 was selected. Here’s a second rendering of the building with some perspective. Check out a few more of his...

Evacuating Materials from the Library of Congress

We are grateful for the picture below, since so many of the amazing images on this site come via the Library of Congress! In December 1941, as a precautionary measure, about 5,000 boxes of materials from...
View from the Capitol Roof

View from the Roof of the Capitol … in 1861

Not many of us get to see Washington, DC from the roof of the Capitol. None of us ever got to see the view in 1861, but here’s the next best thing. Taken in 1861, this...

Strange Notices in the Newspaper on the Day of Lincoln’s Death

This is the Evening Star, published the day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Obviously, the main headline focuses on his death and the attempted murder of Secretary William Seward. But this edition of the paper has...
plan for the proposed National Library at Judiciary Square

Proposed National Library at Judiciary Square

Obviously, our national library is not at Judiciary Square, but before we committed to building the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill, there were some other proposals evaluated. Below are two drawings of the proposed library...
Library of Congress

Stunning Library of Congress in the Early 20th Century

Here is a great and sharp photo of the Library of Congress in the early 1900s.
Stereograph showing an interior view of the Library of Congress with reading room and stacks in the U.S. Capitol building (1866)

Interior of Old Library of Congress in the Capitol (1866)

This is an amazing old photograph from 1866. This shows the interior of the old Library of Congress in the Capitol Building before the current one was constructed.
view southeast from the U.S. Capitol

Southeast View from the Capitol Dome

Happy Sunday. Below is an amazing photograph, taken around 1880 from the top of the U.S. Capitol. The view is southeast, down Pennsylvania Ave., toward the Anacostia River. It includes a block of five homes at...
Construction of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., May 10, 1893

Library of Congress Under Construction [PHOTO]

We came across this photo at the Library of Congress (how meta). Click on it for greater detail.
McKinley & cabinet (Library of Congress)

The 25th President of the United States

If you know who POTUS 25 is off the top of your head, congratulations. You are an über history geek. Enjoy the Libary of Congress photos below. [slideshow]
Bus going through the snow near Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Circle

Snow Ain’t Over Yet … In 1942

The weather has been awesome lately, and frankly, this has been a really easy winter. Well, that doesn’t mean it can’t snow this late in the winter or even in early spring. Early on during World...
Babe Ruth exiting the West Wing

Babe Ruth Visits the White House

This is a man who needs no introduction. Babe Ruth was the biggest celebrity in America during the 1920s. On December 7th, 1921, he was visiting Washington to stop by and say hello to President Harding. Below...
Col. Benjamin F. Fisher and staff on steps of Signal Corps headquarters, 1816 F St., NW

Great Civil War Photographs of Washington

Here is a great gallery of some Civil War photographs I uncovered at the Library of Congress. It appears that the Treasury Department is in the background of the Sanitary Commission photograph at 15th and F...
Streetcar decorated with safety slogans (1922)

Death Runs His Hands at a Careless Man!

Here’s a cool old photograph I found sifting through the Library of Congress archives. I find this one amusing: You wouldn’t have your child a jay walker.Don’t be one yourself. Still very applicable today. This city...

Film Footage of President McKinley’s Inauguration

Chalk this up to our incredible Library of Congress. A silent film by Thomas Edison, shot on March 4th, 1901 at the Capitol. This one is quite blurry, but this is over a hundred years ago....
Native Americans at the White House

Native Americans at the White House During the Civil War

Great old photo from the Library of Congress. It doesn’t have an exact date on it, but it says it was created somewhere between 1909 and 1940 and gifted to the Library of Congress in 1947...
Soldiers in the streets of D.C. (7th and N St NW)

The Riots of ’68

There’s a strong element of sadness watching this video. A burning city, military occupation … what essentially was complete chaos in the city from April 4th to April 8th, 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther...

President Theodore Roosevelt’s Inaugural Ceremony (1905)

Now this is a great one from the vaults of the Library of Congress. I found this on YouTube (of course). There’s no sound, but it’s very interesting to watch. On Mar. 4, 1905, Teddy Roosevelt...
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