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[PADG:245] LC American Memory: Freedom's Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953

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The Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of a new
American Memory collection: "Freedom's Fortress: The Library of
Congress, 1939-1953," available at:

"Freedom's Fortress: The Library of Congress, 1939-1953"  tells the
story of the Library of Congress during a particularly important period
in its development. From 1939 to 1953 the Library underwent a myriad of
changes that established the institution as one of America's foremost
citadels of intellectual freedom. Archibald MacLeish and Luther Harris
Evans, Librarians of Congress during this time, adopted new
administrative procedures that improved the Library's ability to
acquire collections and made it a more vital resource both for Congress
and the public during and after the war. 

Comprising 209 items drawn from the Library Archives and other
Manuscript Division collections, the online presentation includes
correspondence, photographs, documents, and other materials which offer
a glimpse into the administration of the Library of Congress, the
building of the Library's collections, the Library's outreach
program, and the role of the Library's staff.

American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating
to the history and culture of the United States.  The site offers more
than 8 million digital items from more than 120 historical collections.

Inquiries are welcomed via the web form available at:

Laura Gottesman
Digital Reference Specialist
The Library of Congress

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