Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Library of Congress and its WPA Federal Arts Collections (Wednesday, May 20)

Wednesday, May 20 at 12 noon John Y. Cole, Director of the Center for the Book, and Ralph Eubanks, Director Publishing for the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov) will host a brown bag lunch presentation and overview of the Library’s collections from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s. The WPA Guides to the States from the Federal Writers Project, and the oral histories from the Ex-Slave Narrative Collection will be featured. The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of photos, manuscripts, recordings, posters, and other publications from the WPA programs. Participants will take away additional information about the collections and learn more about the innovative programs and the people who documented real American stories.

The presentation will take place in the Library of Congress Madison Building, Room LM 602,(Independence Avenue between 1st & 2nd Streets SE

Space is limited to 20 persons for this brown bag lunch. Reservations Required. Email dcbigread@wdchumanities.org or call (202) 387-8391

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