Iniciativas de la Biblioteca del Congreso en Washington para celebrar un mes dedicado a la «Black History»

Carla Hayden es la primera directora de la Biblioteca del Congreso, de orígenes afroamericanos. En la carta que se reproduce explica las múltiples y variadas iniciativas adoptadas por esa magnífica biblioteca para conmemorar el relevante papel de la población afroamericana en la construcción de los Estados Unidos de América, lleno de dolor y sufrimiento y también de logros culturales de toda índole.

News from the Library of Congress

Celebrating Black History Month

Dr. Carla Hayden headshotFriends,
In 1926, noted historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” began a week-long celebration to highlight the achievements of African Americans. He selected the second week in February, as it contains the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.Several years earlier in 1915, Woodson founded what is today known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) after attending an exposition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 15th Amendment and being inspired to more widely share the history and accomplishments of African Americans since slavery – stories that were not discoverable and were not being presented.In 1976, the initial week-long celebration grew into the longer Black History Month celebration that continues to this day. ASALH also continues to honor Woodson’s lifelong mission to honor the study of African American history all year long, year after year. They’ve set the 2021 Black History Month theme as, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”The Library of Congress holds many varied African American historical resources within our vast collections, including the NAACP Records our largest and most accessed single collection, and we are committed to acquiring more. Last month, we announced a new, multiyear initiative – Of the People: Widening the Path – to create new opportunities for more Americans to engage with the Library and add their perspectives to the Library’s collections, allowing the national library to share a more inclusive American story.  Read more below about this initiative, which is supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Below, you will also find a wide selection of Library blog posts highlighting African American stories in honor of Black History Month, giving a glimpse into all the history there is to discover at the Library of Congress.Sincerely,
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Header from African Amerian History Month webpage featuring a Black family from several centuries ago

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Visit this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events:

Print shows the painted portrait of a family photo. A woman, the mother, sits in her cushioned chair. Celebrating Black History: Blog Posts from Around the LibraryCelebrating Artists’ Portraits at the Library of Congress for African American History Month
The Family Life of Ralph Ellison
Honoring African American Contributions in Medicine: Midwives
Katherine Dunham’s Ethnographic Research in the Caribbean
A clip from The North Star newspaper of Rochester, NY in Dec. 1847Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847-1874: Now Online
Sojourner Truth and the Power of Copyright Registration
The Beauty Entrepreneur: Madam C. J. Walker
Performing Arts Blog Posts

The Hazel Scott Papers

To celebrate Black History Month and commemorate the centennial of Hazel Scott, the Music Division is pleased to announce a new online finding aid for the Hazel Scott Papers.By the mid-1940s Scott had become one of the best-known African-American entertainers in the United States, and she gained additional press attention when she married Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. in 1945. Powell was the first African-American congressman from New York, and Scott and Powell each worked to further the causes of social justice and to fight racism and discrimination.Read more: of Ebony magazine from 1949 featuring a Black family

African American Art Dolls & Puppets for Identity & Healing

African American art dolls and puppets

On February 18, 2020, the Library of Congress hosted a celebration of African American dolls and puppets sponsored by the American Folklife Center’s Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series. Folklorist Camila Bryce-Laporte and fellow artist, Dr. Deborah Grayson, presented several artists from Maryland and the District of Columbia. The event also included a wonderful exhibition of dolls by the presenters and other artists. The dolls and puppets featured were handmade by the presenters and exhibitors.

Learn more and watch the event video as artists explain how their creations have meaning for them and what inspires their work:

Black History Month Events at the Kluge Center

As part of the Library of Congress commemoration of African American History Month, the Kluge Center will be hosting two events that honor the African American scholars and activists who have contributed so much to American democracy.

On Feb. 22 at 1 pm, join us for A History of African American Political Thought with Melvin Rogers and Jack Turner. Rogers and Turner will discuss the new book they co-edited, African American Political Thought: A Collected History.

Event info & free registration:

And on Feb. 23 at 1 pm, join us for African American Women and the Suffrage Movement, with Martha S. Jones. Jones will discuss her recent book «Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All»

Event info & free registration:

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Of the People: Widening the Path Funded by $15 Million Grant from Mellon Foundation

A street artist paints a portrait of a Black woman

The Library of Congress announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The new initiative is part of a larger vision at the Library to connect with all Americans by inviting new generations to participate in creating, preserving and sharing the nation’s cultural treasures and building on the Library’s commitment to collect and preserve more underrepresented perspectives and experiences.

Read the press release:

Subscribe to the Of the People blog for updates:

Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words – Visit the Exhibition Online

Black and white headshot of Rosa ParksVisit our current exhibition on Rosa Parks which showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activism—creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal Rosa Parks: Ideas for Families to Engage with Her Life Story Historical Narratives about Rosa Parks Using Primary Sources: Ideas for Teachers Student Workshop – Rosa Parks: Freedom Fighter (grades 5-8) Through discussion, questioning strategies, storytelling and more, students learn about the many ways civil rights activist Rosa Parks fought to bring about justice and equality for many Americans. The program draws on the personal papers of Rosa Parks and other multimedia items held at the Library. Workshops are led by a Library facilitator and are available by request here:

Literary Series Programs for February, March 2021

Literary events in February and March will feature the new series «Made at the Library,» with a book on Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds and the ongoing series National Book Festival Presents. All programs will be virtual and premiere on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube site (with captions). 

Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.: “Giants of Racial Justice,” part of the ongoing series National Book Festival Presents, will focus on the paths of Malcolm X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in seeking racial equality. 

Thursday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.: “On the Road with Jason Reynolds” features National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. 

Friday, March 12, 1 p.m.: 2021 Diversity in Children’s Literature Symposium: “Listening, Learning, Creating Communities,” followed by the Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature

Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.: “Rediscovering Eleanor Roosevelt” is the first event in a new series called “Made at the Library,” which focuses on books that have been substantially written using the Library of Congress’ extraordinary collections. 

Thursday, March 25, 7 p.m.: “War, Combat and the American Soldier” features two of the most prominent historians of war, Margaret MacMillan (“War: How Conflict Shaped Us”) and Rick Atkinson (“The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777”).

Read full details here:

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We are more grateful than ever for all that you do to keep us strong. Whether you support the Library with a gift or simply by spreading the word about what we do, you help us in our mission to connect millions of people around the world with the stories of our collective past, present, and future.

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Novedades en historia digital: 14 a 21 mayo 2018

Como en entradas anteriores selecciono y organizo una serie de noticias e informaciones ofrecidas por Amy Williams @a_williams06 en su útil PaperLi dedicado a la historia digital correspondiente al ejemplar del 21 de mayo de 2018. Y añado otras procedentes de otros sitios como Gallica de la Biblioteca Nacional de Francia @GallicaBnF.


Fuentes digitales

Libros y artículos




Cursos y Aplicaciones

Avances en Digital History: 1 a 7 de mayo 2018


Digital History 7 de mayo 2018

Selecciono y organizo una serie de noticias e informaciones ofrecidas por Amy Williams @a_williams06 en su útil PaperLI dedicado a la historia digital correspondiente al ejemplar del 7 de mayo de 2018.









The #DHattheCC Project: Digital Humanities Needs Community Colleges

Tawyna Ravy explica cómo y por qué considera interesante familiarizar a sus estudiantes con las herramientas de las humanidades digitales que facilitan el trabajo colaborativo. Presenta además excelentes ejemplos de recursos digitales como los que se ofrecen en PALS’ Digital Resources o el Mapping Police Violence Project y da cuenta de una serie de herramientas que pueden ayudar a los estudiantes a producir contenidos originales como Wordle, Voyant y Juxta que permiten estudiar textos; o ubicar en mapas eventos como Google Maps, Storymap o Myhistro y presentar colecciones o contenidos como Omeka y WordPress.

Welcome to Pedagogy & American Literary Studies

PALS Note: We are excited to have a guest post from Tawyna Ravy. Ravy is a PhD Candidate at George Washington University and an instructor at Northern Virginia Community College.  Ravy’s post is written in response to a question posed at the end of our recap of MLA panels on teaching with archives and the digital humanities. We asked if anyone who was an adjunct or non-tenure track professor had experience creating digital humanities projects with students. Ravy responded with some insights she gained in the community college classroom and through working with the Digital Humanities at the Community College (#DHattheCC) group. 

After attending the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Implementing the Digital Humanities in Community Colleges last summer, I was determined to try my hand at teaching with digital humanities (DH) at my main campus, Northern Virginia Community College, where I teach primarily composition classes.

CKGLg1pUkAAGP8C copy Participants at the NEH Institute via Russell Shitabata


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Proyectos de humanidades digitales de 2015 seleccionados para ser premiados por los internautas

Los DH Awards son un conjunto de premios anuales abiertos que permiten difundir las actividades y proyectos en Humanidades Digitales (HD). Pretenden incrementar el interés y la atención en los recursos usados por los humanistas digitales e incentivar  el acercamiento y compromiso de los usuarios (público en general e investigadores) en el trabajo de la comunidad de las Humanidades Digitales. Los premios son nominados y votados por los usuarios de Internet. Así los premios DH Awards 2015 están abiertos a las votaciones en: hasta el próximo 27 de febrero de 2016.

Los candidatos a los DH Awards 2015 han sido seleccionados por un comité internacional formado por:

  • James Cummings (Founder/Director) — University of Oxford
  • Sheila Brennan — Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
  • Marjorie Burghart — EHESS: École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales (Lyon)
  • Kiyonori Nagasaki — International Institute for Digital Humanities 一般財団法人 人文情報学研究所 (Tokyo)
  • Miriam Peña Pimentel — UNAM: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Estos son los recursos seleccionados y que pueden ser votados por cualquier internauta. Entre la cincuentena larga de proyectos susceptibles de ser premiados se encuentran tres efectuados por integrantes de las humanidades digitales hispánicas: el blog de Antonio Rojas Castro, profesor de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona, la publicación digital ArtyHum, Revista Digital de Arte y Humanidades, editada en Vigo, impulsada por José Angel Méndez Martínez, de la UCA, y Beatriz Garrido Ramos, de la UNED,  y la extraordinaria edición digital del Códice Mendoza de 1542 efectuada por un equipo del  Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) de México.

Evidentemente un paseo por los siguientes proyectos y recursos deparará interesantes y agradables sorpresas para todos aquellos interesados en el desarrollo de las humanidades digitales.












Buenas tardes:

quiero dar la bienvenida a los más de 150 miembros que se han sumado a nuestra comunidad durante las últimas dos semanas, lo cual nos ha permitido rebasar sobradamente la cifra de 5000 usuarios de Clío en Red.

Para todos aquellos de reciente incorporación, os enlazo las secciones del blog de didáctica en el que voy publicando todos los recursos que se difunden a través del servicio de mensajería interna de esta red.

Igualmente os recordamos que desde…

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El blog de Nikola Tesla

Los Mundos de Brana


El otro día, mientras navegaba por internet, me pasó algo increíble, di con un blog que contenía videos grabados por el mismísimo… ¡Nikola Tesla!

Al parecer, tal y como se cuenta en el blog, en abril de 2012 (he tardado un pelín en enterarme…) se desclasificó todo el material hallado en la habitación 3327 del hotel New Yorker, en la que se alojaba Nikola Tesla en el momento de fallecer. Hasta entonces, la versión oficial era que los agentes que irrumpieron en la habitación el 9 de enero de 1943 sólo habían encontrado una caja llena de documentos que, tal y como concluyó el oficial del gobierno e ingeniero eléctrico Dr. John G. Trump, carecían de información técnica de interés siendo en su mayoría de carácter especulativo y filosófico. Pero la versión oficial había sido una tapadera. Los famosos “papeles de Tesla” no eran de papel, lo que hallaron…

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Fashioning the Colonial Metropolis: Asian Influences and Urban Identities in Colonial Mexico City

Global Urban History

Nino Vallen, Freie Universität Berlin

At the end of the seventeenth century, the Mexican artist Cristóbal de Villalpando painted the main square of Mexico City. His image of the zócalo depicts approximately 1,200 persons strolling around or standing in groups outside the metropolitan cathedral or the partially ruined viceregal palace. At the center of all this activity, Villalpando located the two markets that fill most of this public space. Gondola-like boats and carts can be seen transporting merchandise to the market in the upper part of the image, while carriages and members of the city’s merchant elite flock together in the surroundings of a recently constructed market, the Parián, that appears at the forefront of the composition.

Fig. 1 - Cristobal de Villalpando - View of the Zócalo of Mexico City (1695) Cristóbal de Villalpando’s Pinting of Mexico City’s Main Square, Late 17th Century

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Blas Cabrera, físico, humanista y profesor

Los Mundos de Brana


En la fotografía aparecen dos hombres recorriendo las calles de Madrid. Uno de ellos es el  célebre Premio Nobel de Física Albert Einstein, al otro, por desgracia, nos cuesta identificarlo. Nos resulta difícil reconocer a Blas Cabrera, el padre de la Física Moderna en España. Un gran científico que, durante la primera mitad del siglo XX, contribuyó a la ciencia con importantes aportaciones propias, llevó a cabo una prolífica labor divulgativa de la Relatividad y la Mecánica Cuántica y logró que las investigaciones en Física y Química que desarrollaban en el territorio español despertasen interés a nivel mundial. Una persona cuya historia forma parte de la cultura científica, cuyo recuerdo debería permanecer.

Blas Cabrera Felipe, el primer hijo del abogado y notario Blas Cabrera Topham y de Antonia Felipe Cabrera, nació en Arrecife el 20 de mayo de 1878. Todavía era un niño que correteaba por las calles del lugar…

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Émilie du Châtelet, forgotten encyclopédiste?

Voltaire Foundation

Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet (1706-1749), portrait by Maurice Quentin de la Tour. ( Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet (1706-1749), portrait by Maurice Quentin de la Tour. (

Émilie du Châtelet was a great many things: mathematician, natural philosopher, translator of Newton, successor of Leibniz and Wolff, lover and scientific companion of Voltaire, and various other sundry pursuits. She was not, however, nor is she today, widely considered as a contributor to the Encyclopédie. No mention of her is made in either D’Alembert’s “Discours préliminaire”, or in any of the other “Avertissements & Errata” paratexts that accompanied the Encyclopédie’s publication. Logically then, she is also not to be found in any of the exhaustive lists and inventories of encyclopaedic authors compiled by later scholars such as Richard Schwab and Frank Kafker.[1]

This accepted wisdom, however, is now being brought into question thanks to renewed interest in Du Châtelet not merely as a translator…

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