Category Archives: Trivia

Smithsonian Libraries

An Act of Congress dated 10 August 1846 established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust instrumentality of the United States, created a Board of Regents, and called for a building to house a museum with geological and mineralogical cabinets, a … Continue reading

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Secrets of the NYPL

Image via Wikipedia How often does the New York Public Library‘s telephone reference service receive a request?  What are the names of the lions that guard the NYPL and what’s their story? What kinds of things can you find in … Continue reading

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Our Largest Libraries

Image by Jordon via Flickr Go to ALA Library Fact Sheet 22 to view information about the 100 largest libraries in the U.S.  U of O is #99.

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How Many U.S. Libraries

According to the most recent information from the American Library Association, there are an estimated 123,129 libraries of all kinds in the United States. 9,208 Public Libraries 3,617 Academic Libraries 99,783 School Libraries 9,066 Special Libraries (This includes corporate, law, … Continue reading

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Comic Book Collection

The Serial and Government Publications Division  of the Library of Congress contains the world’s largest collection of comic books (5,000 titles; 100,000 issues). The oldest comic book in the collection is “Popular Comics,” February 1936.

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Father of the Mystery Story

According to MysteryNet, Edgar Allan Poe is considered “the father of the mystery story.”  In 1841 he introduced Auguste C. Dupin, the first fictional detective in the story The Murders in the Rue Morgue. 

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LOC International

Since 1962, the Library of Congress has maintained offices abroad to acquire, catalog and preserve library and research materials from countries where such materials are essentially unavailable through conventional acquisitions methods. Overseas offices in New Delhi (India), Cairo (Egypt), Rio … Continue reading

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Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, was purchased in 1930. It is one of three perfect copies on vellum in the world.

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More About LOC

The general collections of the Library of Congress contain the largest historical collection of U.S. telephone criss-cross (phone number and address) and city directories in the world. The Library acquires more than 8,000 volumes a year and holds more than … Continue reading

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LOC Music Collection

The Library of Congress holds the most comprehensive collection of American music in the world, more than 5.5 million items. The collection includes an extensive assemblage of original manuscripts by composers of the American musical theater and the largest collection … Continue reading

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