A letter written by

“My Dear Master”: An Enslaved Blacksmith’s Letters to a President

This document is the rarest of items in the Library of Congress's manuscript collections: a letter written by an enslaved person.

LBJ Orders Pants

You will never think about the 36th president the same way again.
El Molaro (1972), the University of Southern California School of Dentistry yearbook, titled

Why It’s Shocking to Look Back at Med School Yearbooks from Decades Ago

They offer jaw-dropping examples of the sexism and racism that shaped professional cultures.
Carter G. Woodson in his library.

How the Founder of Black History Month Rebutted White Racism in a Forgotten Manuscript

Carter G. Woodson’s unpublished work was discovered in 2005 by a Howard University history professor.
A truck carrying Soviet troops and weapons moves through a Kabul street, December 31, 1979.

Why Did Soviets Invade Afghanistan? Documents Offer History Lesson for Trump

A newly published cable suggests Soviets were trying to prevent Afghanistan from switching its loyalties to the West.

Getting Out of the White Settlers’ Way

Re-telling the arrival of settlers on the prairie.
Lyndon B. Johnson and Admiral William Raborn on the front porch of LBJ's boyhood home, 1965.

The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives

On a presidential paper trail.

An Itinerant Photographer's Diverse Portraits of the Turn-of-the-Century American South

A new exhibit features photos by Hugh Mangum, whose glass plate negatives were salvaged from a North Carolina barn.
A 490-degree map of the world, highlighting the territories of the British Empire in red.

These 'Persuasive Maps' Aren't Concerned With the Facts

A digital collection shows how subjective maps can be used to manipulate, rather than present the world as it really is.
N. Currier, “The Drunkard’s Progress,” 1846.

The Drunkard’s Progress

Two hundred years ago, it was hard for Americans to miss the message that they had a serious drinking problem.
A record of the proceedings in City of Montgomery v. Rosa Parks, indicating that Parks had been found guilty and sentenced to pay $10 or do hard labor.

Found: Rosa Parks’s Arrest Warrant, and More Traces of Civil Rights History

A forgotten trove of Montgomery bus boycott records has turned up in a courthouse vault.

What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals

Would the F.B.I.’s smear campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. work today?