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The Serial Government Publications Division has contributed to a number of Library of Congress exhibits, some of which are available online. Also included are Division-sponsored events hosting authors and speakers who have used our collections in their research to discuss their projects and findings. Find out how to stay connected through social media and subscribe to our RSS feeds to find out the latest in all things newspapers and more. Scroll down or click on the section linked below to explore additional resources:

Online Exhibitions and Presentations

Geppi Gems

Geppi Gems

COMIC BOOKS have permeated almost every popular entertainment medium in the United States. When Stephen A. Geppi opened the Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2006, he sought to show how comic books—much like newspapers, television, motion pictures, music and sports—have shaped and influenced the culture of the United States.

When the Geppi Entertainment Museum closed its doors in 2018, Mr. Geppi generously donated a large portion of its contents to the Library of Congress, knowing that thousands of people would be able to access his collection and relive their own childhood memories or share in his excitement about comic book superheroes and pop culture icons.

The Library of Congress honors Mr. Geppi’s generosity with a selection of the collection’s gems. They represent themes from the museum, including Walt Disney’s iconic characters, westerns, superheroes, science fiction, horror, sports, music, and entertainment.

From early newspapers to comic books, discover over two dozen featured items on exhibit from the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I

Echoes of the Great War

This exhibition examines the upheaval of world war as Americans confronted it—both at home and abroad. The exhibition considers the debates and struggles that surrounded U.S. engagement; explores U.S. military and home front mobilization and the immensity of industrialized warfare; and touches on the war's effects, as an international peace settlement was negotiated, national borders were redrawn, and soldiers returned to reintegrate into American society.

See all four sections for newspapers from the Serial & Government Publications Division, with multiple newspapers featured in Arguing Over War: For or Against War and World Overturned: Peace and a New World Order?

Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers

Behind Barbed Wire

This Story Map goes behind the barbed wire of assembly centers and relocation centers around the country during World War II, where interned Japanese-Americans produced newspapers to chronicle the stories and experiences of their community in a time of crisis.

View the "Behind Barbed Wires" Story Map presentation online

The Library of Congress has made available online a rare collection of the newspapers produced by Japanese-Americans interned at assembly centers and relocation centers. The collection includes more than 4,600 English and Japanese language issues published in 13 camps.

The Civil War in America

The Civil War in America

The Civil War in America assembles more than 200 unique items, many of which have never been seen by the public, to commemorate the sesquicentennial of this nation’s greatest military and political upheaval.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, like many Southern cities, suffered acutely from the ravages of the Civil War. However, the final edition of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen attests to the determination of the city’s defenders. This issue of the Confederate newspaper is printed on the back of wallpaper because supplies of every kind had been exhausted during the long and difficult siege.

See December 1862 - October 1863 for a feature on the Vicksburg Daily Citizen.

Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

This exhibition, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society. The act is considered the most significant piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in voting, public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally funded programs, and employment. Audiovisual stations throughout the exhibition present archival footage of the era, as well as contemporary interviews with civil rights leaders and activists reflecting on the civil rights era.

See Prologue, World War II and Post War (1940–1949), and Civil Rights Era (1950–1963) sections for newspapers from the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress

Witness and Response

This exhibit features materials related to the September 11 attacks. In almost every section of the Library of Congress, staff have sought and received an abundance of original material including prints, photographs, drawings, poems, eye-witness accounts and personal reactions, headlines, books, magazines, songs, maps, videotapes and films.

On the afternoon of September 11, the Library began collecting U.S. and foreign newspapers that recorded the immediate horror captured in journalists' words and through the photographers' lenses.

See the Serial & Government Publications Division section for newspapers related to the event.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Although the Library organizes its immense collections according to a system created at the end of the 1800s, the treasures in this exhibition have been placed in the same categories that Jefferson would have used, had he been deciding where to put Alexander Graham Bell’s lab notebook or George Gershwin’s full orchestral score for Porgy and Bess. Although the American Treasures Gallery closed in August 2007, this online exhibition will remain a permanent fixture of the Library’s Website.

See the Memory section for selected news materials.

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Headlines & Heroes Blog

Headlines & Heroes Blog

The Serial & Government Publications Division's Headlines & Heroes blog highlights the amazing stories, both real and imaginary, that we find in our collections of newspapers and comic books. New posts are published every 2 weeks.

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Chronicling America

"We Love Old News!" Chronicling America is our flagship digital newspaper database which provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

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