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The Library of Congress—History, Art & Architecture

The 1812 Catalogue of the Library of Congress: A Facsimile (1982)
Author:
Introduction by Robert A. Rutland; indexes by Lynda Corey Claassen
Description: 141 p. A reprint of the Library catalogue prepared for Congress in 1812, with a preface by Daniel J. Boorstin.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

Bicentennial Background: Turning Points in the Library’s History (March 2000)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 59.3 (p. 52-53) outlining 15 events in the Library’s history between 1814 and 1994 that shaped the institution’s development.
Links: Full article

Biography and the Library of Congress: New Reference Work Introduced at Library Ceremony (March 1999)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 58.3 (p. 48-50) featuring a reception at the Library marking the publication by Oxford University Press of the massive 24-volume “American National Biography” and making special note of its inclusion of the biographies of more than two dozen former Library of Congress employees. The Library’s 1983 symposium “Biography & Books” is also revisited.
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Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress: For Congress, the Nation & the World (2004)
Author:
Edited by John Y. Cole and Jane Aikin
Description: 569 p. A historically-based introduction to the Library’s goals, administrative structure, multi-media collections, services, and outreach programs, including 14 essays and 79 shorter articles contributed by more than 40 Library of Congress specialists. Published by Bernan Press in association with the Library of Congress.
Links: LC catalog entry | News release (February 4, 2005) | LCIB coverage (issue 63.10)

For Congress and the Nation: A Chronological History of the Library of Congress (1978)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: 196 p. An illustrated legislative documentation of the origins, growth, and development of the Library of Congress to 1975. Reprinted in 1979.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through LC website | Full text through HathiTrust

For Congress and the Nation: The Dual Nature of the Library of Congress (1975)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article published in the “Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 32.2 (p. 118-38) describing the inherently complementary nature of the Library’s services to its two major constituents.
Links: Full article

Full Circle: Ninety Years of Service in the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress (1991)
Author:
Josephus Nelson, Judith Farley
Description: 64 p. A history of the Jefferson Building’s historic Main Reading Room, written by two reference specialists in the General Reading Rooms Division.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress (1993)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: 103 p. A basic, illustrated history of the Library of Congress, with information about its collections and buildings. Reprinted in 1998. Companion volume to “On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Buildings of the Library of Congress.”
Links:
LC catalog entry | Full text through LC website | Full text through HathiTrust | News release (April 30, 1993) | News release (November 16, 1998) | LCIB coverage (issue 52.12)

A Legacy of Librarians (November/December 2015)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from Library of Congress Magazine Vol. 4 No. 6 (p. 14-17 ) with a historical overview of the thirteen Librarians of Congress who have served the Library from 1802-2015.
Links: Full article (pdf download)

The Library of Congress: A Documentary History (1987)
Author: Edited by John Y. Cole
Description: A collection of 499 microfiche accompanied by a printed guide, published by University Publications of America.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text of guide through LexisNexis database

The Library of Congress and the Center for the Book: Historical Essays in Honor of John Y. Cole (2011)
Author:
Edited by Mary Niles Maack
Description: 223 p. A collection of essays and comprehensive bibliography honoring the career of Center for the Book director John Y. Cole, published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Texas Press. The volume was originally published as a special issue of the University of Texas journal “Libraries & the Cultural Record.”
Links: LC catalog entry | News release (February 22, 2010) | News release (October 23, 2011) | LCIB coverage (issue 69.3)

The Library of Congress and the Presidential Parade, 1800-1984 (October 1984)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 43.42 (p. 343-348) reflecting upon the history of the presidential appointment of the Librarian of Congress.
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The Library of Congress in American Life (1978)
Author
: John Y. Cole
Description: Article from “Advances in Librarianship” vol. 8 (p. 55-79) which describes in detail the various aspects of the Library’s role in American life, specifically the legislative and national roles, and services to Congress, the federal government, the general public, authors and publishers, scholars and researchers, and libraries and librarians. Includes a summary of the recommendations of the 1976 Library of Congress Task Force on Goals, Organization and Planning.
Links: LC catalog entry

The Library of Congress in Perspective: A Volume Based on the Reports of the 1976 Librarian’s Task Force and Advisory Groups (1978)
Author:
Edited by John Y. Cole
Description: 281 p. Contains a historical introduction by John Y. Cole, task force subcommittee and advisory group reports, and summary of Office of Planning and Development activities in 1977, published by R.R. Bowker Company in cooperation with the Library of Congress. Other research and survey materials available through the Center for the Book.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 37.24)

The Library of Congress: The Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building (1997)
Author:
Edited by John Y. Cole and Henry Hope Reed
Description: 320 p. A description of the Jefferson Building’s planning, construction, design, and restoration, enhanced by five scholarly essays, color photographs and drawings, and a 17-page illustrated appendix detailing individual architectural features , published by W.W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 56.17) | Sample essay by Barbara Wolanin |
Page on W.W. Norton & Company site

The Main Building of the Library of Congress: A Chronology, 1871-1965 (1972)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article published in the “Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 29.4 (p. 267-270) featuring a year-by-year account of the building’s history from the year in which it was first suggested to Congress by Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford until 1965, when Congress authorized the construction of a third major Library structure, the James Madison Memorial Building.
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Of Copyright, Men, and a National Library (1971)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article published in the “Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 28.2 (p. 114-136) describing the historical development and significance of the centralization of U.S. copyright deposit at the Library of Congress in 1870 and the personalities involved.
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On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Buildings of the Library of Congress (1995)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: 106 p. A visitors’ guide to the inscriptions and quotations in all three Library buildings, as well as information about each building’s history, major paintings, and works of sculpture. Companion volume to “Jefferson’s Legacy: A Brief History of the Library of Congress.” (1993)
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through LC website | Full text through HathiTrust | News release (April 25, 1995) | LCIB coverage (issue 58.12) | LCIB coverage (issue 67.10)

On These Walls: Inscriptions and Quotations in the Library of Congress (2008)
Author:
John Y. Cole, Carol M. Highsmith
Description: 128 p. A fully illustrated abridgement of the 1995 edition, enhanced by more than 100 color photographs by photographer Carol M. Highsmith. All black and white photographs from the 1995 edition omitted. Published by the Library of Congress in association with Scala Publishers, London.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | News release (September 18, 2008) | LCIB coverage (issue 67.10)

Smithmeyer & Pelz: Embattled Architects of the Library of Congress (1972)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article published in the “Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress” issue 29.4 (p. 282-287) exploring the story of John L. Smithmeyer and Paul J. Pelz, the architectural team who won the design competition for the new Library of Congress building in 1873 and again in 1886, but lost their jobs before the building was completed—Smithmeyer in 1888 and Pelz in 1892.
Links: Full article