Sultana’s Dream: Linocut Series by Chitra Ganesh

The following is a guest post by Charlotte Giles, Reference Librarian, Asian Division.

Charlotte Giles viewing Chitra Ganesh prints in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. Photo by Prints & Photographs Division staff, 2021.

Charlotte Giles viewing Chitra Ganesh prints in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. Photo by Prints & Photographs Division staff, 2021.

In a new acquisition by the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, Chitra Ganesh, a visual artist based in Brooklyn, retells the 1905 Indian feminist utopian essay, “Sultana’s Dream” by Begum Rokeya Sakhawat, but in the style of a graphic novel through a series of 27 linocut prints, each depicting a scene from the story as imagined through a 21st century lens.…

The Pentagon: Newly Acquired Construction Photos by Harold Lang

View looking down on Pentagon complex

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. Photo by U.S. Air Corps, 1947? hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a50437

The following is a guest post by Gillian Mahoney, Technical Services Technician in the Prints & Photographs Division.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York, one into a field in Pennsylvania, and the fourth, American Airlines Flight 77, into the western side of the Pentagon, in total killing nearly 3,000 people–an unforgettable tragedy.…

Women at Work: Glimpses through Time

Recently, while preparing to present a virtual orientation offering a sampling of Prints & Photographs Division collections for representations of work, workers and labor themes, I found myself selecting image after image that showed women working in a variety of industrial and office settings (at the same time recognizing that for centuries women have also performed work inside the home).…