CBS News: “Inside Some of the Most Unique Collections at the Library of Congress as it Celebrates 224th Anniversary”
From CBS News:
The Library of Congress was founded in 1800, and will celebrate its 224th anniversary this year. It’s theand adds about 10,000 items to its collection each day. That collection plenty of unusual relics, like locks of hair.
For centuries, long before photography was affordable, it was common practice to send or gift locks of one’s hair as a sentimental keepsake, according to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
“Think about it. That was a tangible way of having something of the person after they’re gone,” Hayden said.
Hair is just one unique example of the enormous range of the Library of Congress’ collection of artifacts, books and more. The library has a total of more than 175 million items, filling 836 miles of shelves. That’s longer than the distance between Washington, D.C. and Daytona Beach, Florida.
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