The Library of Congress
Celebrating the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
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In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its staff has selected for online display approximately ninety representative
documents spanning from the fifteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Included are the papers of presidents, cabinet
ministers, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, military officers and diplomats, reformers and political activists,
artists and writers, scientists and inventors, and other prominent Americans whose lives reflect our country's evolution.
Most of the selected items fall within one of eight major themes or categories which reflect
the division's strengths. Each of these themes is the focus of a separate essay containing
links to digital reproductions of selected documents. A detailed
description accompanies each document, and additional information about the parent
collections may be obtained by following links to catalog records and finding aids.
The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its
resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain
and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future
generations. The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to
offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as
a contribution to education and lifelong learning.
The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of
the past. These primary historical documents reflect the
attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress
does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which
may contain materials offensive to some readers.
The Presidency | Congress, Law, and Politics | Military Affairs | Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
| Arts and Literature | Science, Medicine, Exploration, and Invention | African-American History and Culture | Women's History | Miscellany
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