For an avid reader and lover of history like myself, the Library of Congress is like the Holy Grail. So when I got an opportunity to take a private, behind the scenes tour I was ecstatic!
The architecture is fantastic. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the building, inside and out. Due to strict privacy guidelines, there were many places within the Library that could not be photographed. But the workmanship is remarkable, believe me.
I was thrilled to go in the basement and see the private collection of card catalogs…hundreds and hundreds of card catalogs lined the aisles. In today’s day of internet searching, a card catalog is certainly a treasure.
We were able to see Thomas Jefferson’s private collection of books and one of the first drafts of the “I Have A Dream” speech which contained MLK’s handwritten notations.
We saw stacks and stacks of phone books from various countries throughout the world. I personally searched through the country of Nigeria to look at the names and phone numbers listed.
The Library of Congress is such a beautiful building filled with rich history. I could have spent days searching the stacks. Before we ended our tour I had the pleasure of looking up my books, Under The Palmetto Tree, The Miseducation of Ms. G, and Brooklyn, which are all catalogued in the Library of Congress. It was such a thrill to see my name documented in such a way!