Among its diverse holdings of traditional music and folklore, the American Folklife Center's collections include children's songs, chants, and games from the United States Virgin Islands recorded by Karen Ellis-Bell on St. Croix in 1978; music, stories, and interviews collected on St. Croix and St. Thomas by Mary Jane Soule; and Dutch Creole folktales paraphrased into English Creole and re-translated into Dutch Creole.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Virgin Island related items are indexed.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. One newspaper from the Virgin Islands, the St. Croix Avis, is available for viewing on this site.
The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for Virgin Island legal information.
The Poetry and Literature Center features the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, Poetry of America, the Life of a Poet and several other poetic features, some of them written as blogs and presented in podcasts that foster and enhance the public's appreciation of literature. Click here to read the blog post featuring the poetry of Alexander Hamilton that appeared in the first newspaper published in the Danish West Indies (present day Virgin Islands).
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. This Primary Source Set highlights Alexander Hamilton who spent his adolescent years in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the Digital Collections.
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the Digital Collections.