Graphic novelist Stephan Pastis, author of the “Timmy Failure” series, presents a program in the Center for the Book’s Young Readers Center

Center for the Book Publications List

Books and Reading in America

Amassing American “Stuff”: The Library of Congress and the Federal Arts Projects of the 1930s (Fall 1983)
Author: John Y. Cole
Description: Article from the Fall 1983 issue of the “Quarterly Journal of The Library of Congress” (p. 356-389) discussing the Library’s historical relationship with depression-era work relief programs.
Links: Full article

American Culture and the Marketplace: R. R. Donnelley’s Four American Books Campaign, 1926–1930 (1992)
Author: Claire Badaracco
Description: 67 p. A promotion campaign highlighting the book designs of Rockwell Kent, W.A. Dwiggins, Rudoph Ruzicka, and Edward A. Wilson.
Links: LC catalog entry

The Best of Times for American Culture? LC’s New Deal Arts Collections Displayed and Discussed (February 1995)
Author: John Y. Cole
Description: Report from LCIB issue 54.3 (p. 50-52) on a December 8-9, 1994 symposium that featured 21 veterans and firsthand observers of the New Deal arts projects of the 1930s and early 1940s.
Links: Full article | LC catalog entry for audio recording

The Book in America (1996)
Author: Richard W. Clement
Description: 146 p. Includes a foreword by James H. Billington and an afterword by John Y. Cole. Produced by Fulcrum Publishing in cooperation with The Library of Congress, using images from the Library’s collections to tell the story of the book in America from 1638 to today.
Links: LC catalog entry | News release (October 21, 1996) | LCIB coverage (issue 56.3)

Books and the Founding Fathers (1989)
Author: George H. Nash
Description: 23 p. Viewpoint No. 23. A bibliographic exploration of the literary influences of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Reprinted in 2007 in an expanded 63-page edition by Butler Books.
Links: LC catalog entry | Page on Butler Books website (for expanded edition)

Books in Action (September/October 2015)
Author: John Y. Cole
Description: An illustrated article in Library of Congress Magazine Vol 4. No. 5 (p. 14-15), featuring several covers of Armed Services editions and quotations about the series from several of the contributing authors including Herman Wouk, Kay Boyle, Wallace Stegner and Irving Stone.
Links: Full article (pdf download)

Books in Action: The Armed Services Editions (1984)
Author: John Y. Cole
Description: 78 p. Presentations and discussion from a symposium held at the Library of Congress on Feb. 17, 1983, marking the 40th anniversary of the Armed Services Editions (1943-1947), a book series that introduced thousands of U.S. armed services members to the pleasures of reading.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through LC website (text only) | Full text through HathiTrust (includes photographs) | LCIB coverage (issue 42.12)

Books On the Frontier: Print Culture in the American West, 1763–1875 (2003)
Author: Richard W. Clement
Description: 139 p. Foreword by John Y. Cole. Published by the Library of Congress in association with University Press of New England, using images from the Library’s collection. Presents a history of book publishing and trade during the period of westward expansion in America.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 62.11) | LCIB coverage (issue 63.1)

Books That Shaped America: The Barnes & Noble 2014 Desk Diary (2013)
Author: LC Staff
Description: Published by Barnes & Noble in association with the Library of Congress. An 18-month calendar featuring reproductions of classic book covers and an introduction by John Y. Cole.
Links: featured in LC 2013–2014 publications catalog (pdf download)

Books That Shaped Us: The McGuffey Readers (September/October 2015)
Author: Deziree Arnaiz
Description: Article from Library of Congress Magazine Vol. 4 No. 5 (p. 1) that describes an early American textbook series and one of the 88 titles chosen by the Library of Congress for its “Books That Shaped America” exhibit in 2012.
Links: Full article (pdf download)

Debating National Culture in Nineteenth Century Washington: The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution (2000)
Author: John Y. Cole, Nancy E. Gwinn
Description: 34 p. Originally the opening address of the 39th Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 1988. Published by The Association of College and Research Libraries as part of “Getting Ready for the Nineteenth Century” (p. 1-33), the text of the full proceedings was edited by William E. Brown, Jr. and Laura Stalker.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 63.4)

Getting the Books Out: Papers of the Chicago Conference on the Book in 19th Century America (1987)
Author: Edited by Michael Hackenberg
Description: 197 p. Includes essays by nine scholars about book distribution in 19th century America, presented in Chicago on October 18-19, 1985 in cooperation with the Illinois Center for the Book.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

Jefferson, the Man: In His Own Words (1993)
Author: Robert C. Baron
Description: 54 p. Published by Fulcrum/Starwood Publishing in association with the Library of Congress. Reprinted 2009. Collection of Jefferson quotations on a variety of subjects, featuring an introductory essay by John Y. Cole.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 57.9)

A Literary Book of Days: American Voices (1990)
Author: Library of Congress
Description: 118 p. An exuberant, eclectic gathering of pictures and text that celebrate the written word, drawn from the Library’s collections.
Links: none available

Readers & Libraries: Toward a History of Libraries and Culture in America (1996)
Author: Kenneth E. Carpenter
Description: 39 p. Viewpoint No. 31. Discusses the need for a collaborative, multi-volume history of libraries in the United States that will place library history within the context of book history.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | News release (March 9, 1995) | LCIB coverage (issue 54.19) | LCIB coverage (issue 57.3)

Reading in America 1978 (1979)
Author: Edited by John Y. Cole and Carol S. Gold
Description: 98 p. Discussion based on findings of a recent survey of American book reading and buying habits and a related symposium at the Library of Congress on Oct. 25 and 26, 1978.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 37.46)

The State of the Book World, 1980: Three Talks Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (1981)
Author: Alfred Kazin, Dan Lacy, Ernest L. Boyer
Description: 31 p. Viewpoint No. 5. Includes remarks by Alfred Kazin, Dan Lacy, and Ernest L. Boyer on the current state of literary criticism, book publishing, and education in America.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

Thomas Jefferson and the Education of a Citizen (1999)
Author: Edited by James Gilreath
Description: 383 p. Papers by 18 scholars presented at a Library of Congress conference sponsored by the Center for the Book, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and the Institute of Early American Culture on May 13-15, 1993.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | News release (June 1, 1999) | LCIB coverage (issue 58.7)

Uncle Sam in the Oregon Country: An Exhibition (1990)
Author: Library of Congress, Oregon Center for the Book
Description: 63 p. Published by the Oregon Center for the Book in cooperation with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. A descriptive catalog for a traveling exhibition that opened at the Oregon State Library on Oct. 13, 1990.
Links: LC catalog entry | Description of exhibited items (through the Library’s “Meeting of Frontiers” American/Russian collaboration website) | LCIB coverage (issue 54.3) | LCIB coverage (issue 58.7)

Well Acquainted with Books: The Founding Framers of 1787: With James Madison’s List of Books for Congress (1987)
Author: Robert A. Rutland
Description: 95 p. An essay by historian Robert Rutland about how the ideas conveyed by books were crucial to our nation’s founding fathers. It is accompanied by a comprehensive list of books that in 1783 Congressman James Madison thought were needed by the first national legislature.
Links: LC catalog entry