From the world’s smallest libraries (seen these tiny libraries around your neighborhood?) to the largest libraries in the world, there’s no better place (outside of the internet) to find so much information in one place. That’s why the next time you visit Washington, DC, you might want to take some time to visit the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world. Yes, we said the world. While there, you’ll find North America’s largest collection of rare books, the papers of twenty-three presidents (including that of George Washington!), books in over 470 languages, and many more books for you to browse. But beyond its book collection, the Library of Congress is also home to a wide collection of other printed, photographed, drawn, filmed, and recorded works.
In 2000, the Library of Congress started its National Recording Registry. Similar to a time capsule, every year the library adds twenty-five recordings to the registry that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and at least ten years old. This year, those selected ranged from Dr. Dre’s debut studio album, The Chronic to the recordings of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to the Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor’s announcement of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the original Broadway casts’ Fiddler on the roof. With these new additions to the recordings, the Library of Congress now has 550 listed recordings and holds over three million items in its recorded-sound collection.
If you had the opportunity to choose a recording for the National Recording Registry, what would it be and why? Share your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.