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African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship showcases the African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays...  (Library of Congress)
American Memory presents the photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures that are part of the historical Americana holdings at the Library of Congress. The learning...  (Library of Congress)
Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier is a collection of 184 original sound recordings of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia, and recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour. The tunes represent...  (Library of Congress)
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip is a field collection of 700 sound recordings, field notes, dust jackets, and other manuscripts documenting a three-month, 6,502-mile trip through the southern U.S. The recordings...  (Library of Congress)
American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election, 1918-1920 consists of 59 sound recordings of speeches by American leaders at the turn of the century. Speakers include Warren G. Harding, James Cox, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt...  (Library of Congress)
The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 is a multimedia anthology illustrating the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and...  (Library of Congress)
Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns is the companion website to the Ken Burns PBS series that aired in January 2001. Explore cities and clubs where jazz developed; listen to excerpts of bebop, cool jazz and other styles...  (WETA, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Smithsonian Jazz celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month, April, by offering sound clips, information about jazz events, a directory of jazz societies (by state and country), links to other jazz websites...  (Multiple Agencies)
Yiddish Radio Project preserves recordings from the golden age of Yiddish radio (1930s-50s). Online exhibits include "Yiddish melodies in Swing," the history of Yiddish radio, "Rabbi Rubin's Court of the...  (Sound Portrait Productions, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Korea: The Unfinished War examines the "forgotten war" that almost led to World War III. When communist troops of North Korea crossed the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950, the U.S. and later the U.N. joined...  (Minnesota Public Radio and American RadioWorks, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry provides a selection of more than 500 letters, lectures, photos, articles, and sound recordings related to the birth of the recording industry. Hear auctioneers, animal calls, musical...  (Library of Congress)
The Fight examines the 1938 boxing match between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling in the context of African-American history and the coming war with Germany. 70,000 fans crammed into Yankee Stadium...  (WBGH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
After the Day of Infamy offers 12 hours of interviews recorded in the days and months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor from more than 200 individuals in cities and towns across the U.S. Audio and...  (Library of Congress)
Animal Diversity Web is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods...  (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, supported by National Science Foundation)
Jazz in America offers lessons for teaching about jazz in American history or music class for Grades 5, 8, and 11. Learn about the evolution of jazz, different jazz styles, improvisation, basic...  (Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, supported by Multiple Agencies)
NEA Jazz in the Schools traces the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to the swing era, bebop, and new frontiers. Five lessons include essays, videos, photos, and nearly 100 music clips of Scott...  (Multiple Agencies)
Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry examines 18 historical American songs and poems. Organized by time periods and considered from historical perspectives, songs and poems include Bonny Barbara Allan, Yankee Doodle...  (Library of Congress)
Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials features music, art, and writing from Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s. Learn about Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James...  (Library of Congress)
Gift of the Indus: The Arts and Culture of Pakistan introduces teenagers to the music, theater, dance, and visual arts of Pakistan. See video clips of calligraphers, dancers, and other artists. Hear sitars, tablas, and "qawwali" --...  (The Kennedy Center, supported by Department of Education)
Literature and Poetry Community Center is a collection of resources about poetry, literature, and writers -- William Blake, Stephen Crane, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and others. Hear...  (Library of Congress)
Band Music from the Civil War Era provides examples of brass band music that flourished in the U.S. during the 1850s and remained popular through the 19th century. It includes 700 musical compositions, 8 full-score...  (Library of Congress)
Churchill and the Great Republic presents more than 200 photos, speeches, and letters from one of the most important and colorful leaders of the 20th century and in all British history. Best known as Prime Minister...  (Library of Congress)
Voices from the Days of Slavery: Former Slaves Tell Their Stories features interviews with 23 former slaves (the oldest was 130 at the time of the interview). These nearly 7 hours of recordings provide a glimpse of what life was like for slaves and...  (Library of Congress)
TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt is an online companion to a 4-hour PBS documentary. It features photographs, newspapers, motion pictures, and sound recordings; family diaries and letters; and interviews with...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Profiles in Science presents the archival collections of prominent 20th century biomedical scientists such as Julius Axelrod, Martin Rodbell, Joshua Lederberg, and Oswald T. Avery. The collections...  (National Library of Medicine, supported by National Institutes of Health)
Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation created by John Wesley Work III in 1941 and by Lewis Jones and Willis Laurence James in March...  (Library of Congress)
Genomics Primer gives an overview of the science of genetics and the Human Genome Project. Learn about genomes, DNA, genes, chromosomes, and more. Find audio and video files about genetics and the...  (Human Genome Project, supported by Department of Energy)
Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 presents documentation of a northern Nevada cattle-ranching community, with a focus on the family-run Ninety-Six Ranch and its cowboys, known as buckaroos. This collection presents 41...  (Library of Congress)
Voices from the Dust Bowl, 1940-1941 documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection, from The Charles L. Todd and...  (Library of Congress)
Inventing Entertainment: The Edison Companies features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles. Cylinder sound recordings will be added to this...  (Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress Catalogs maintains a searchable database of about 12 million records -- books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials...  (Library of Congress)
Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 documents the widespread prosperity of the Coolidge years, the nation's transition to a mass consumer economy, and the role of the government in this transition. The collection...  (Library of Congress)
Pulse of the Planet provides a two-minute "sound portrait" of Planet Earth each weekday that is broadcast over 300 public and commercial stations around the world. This website includes an effort to learn...  (Multiple Agencies)
Creating Hypertext Dialogues Drawn from Narrative History Collections invites students to use documents from "California As I Saw It: First Person Narratives, 1849-1900," to create hyperscripts depicting the motivations, expectations, fears, and...  (Library of Congress)
Fermilab Resources for Students offers materials for learning about particle physics and the pursuit of questions such as "What is the smallest piece of matter? How did the universe begin?" It includes streamed...  (Department of Energy)
Florida Folklife from the WPS Collections, 1937-1942 is a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting African-American, Arabic, Bahamian, British-American, Cuban, Greek, Italian, Minorcan, Seminole, and Slavic cultures...  (Library of Congress)
California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties is a multi-format ethnographic field collection project, undertaken during the New Deal, that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a...  (Library of Congress)
Omaha Indian Music offers a sampling of traditional Omaha Indian music. The sound recordings include wax cylinder recordings made in the 1890s, as well as songs and spoken-word segments from the 1983...  (Library of Congress)
Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and...  (Library of Congress)
Black History Month Feature Stories offers 28 public service announcements for radio. Each 60-second sound clip tells the story of one African American who made significant contributions in architecture, art, automobile...  (U.S. Census Bureau)
Oral Language Archive is a growing collection of recordings of native speakers. The website features samples of various languages and a CD with the existing archive can be ordered...  (Carnegie-Mellon University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Lost and Found Sound is a call to listeners to send in their home recordings of the last 100 years to be shaped into stories that capture the rituals and sounds of everyday life. For example, the site...  (NPR, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia, 1992-1999 features original sound recordings and photographs centered around hunting, gathering, and subsistence gardening in the mountains in Southern West Virginia's Big Coal River Valley...  (Library of Congress)
Gerry Mulligan Collection presents audio excerpts, scores, photos, and information about the jazz composer and band leader who elevated the baritone sax to the status of a solo instrument and, with his...  (Library of Congress)
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