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Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

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The world's largest library, the Library of Congress, opened to the public in 1897, contains more than 100 million items, including every book copyrighted in the United States. Among its treasures are the personal papers of most U.S. presidents up to Calvin Coolidge, one of three remaining Gutenberg Bibles, Stradivarius stringed instruments, and many rare maps, art prints, newspapers, photos and movies.

The Capitol Building housed the library for nearly a century after Congress authorized it in 1800. After British shelling destroyed most of the original collection of 3,000 books and a few maps during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson replenished it by selling the government his 6,487-volume personal library for $24,000 in 1815.

Designed by architects John L. Stithmeyer and Paul J. Pelz in the Italian Renaissance style, the first separate Library of Congress building opened in 1897 after over two decades of contentious planning and construction. The 23-carat gold-plated dome epitomized Congress' intention to outshine the grandest European libraries. Commissioned artwork throughout the main building showcases the talents of more than 50 American painters, sculptors and other artisans. Yet, the Army Corps of Engineers managed to complete the building for $200,000 less than the budgeted $6.5 million.

The John Adams annex opened in 1939. In 1980, the main building was named for Thomas Jefferson and the James Madison annex was completed.

Text © 1997 Terry White, Drawing © 1997 Bill Harrah

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