Stunning photographs made by Aaron Rennert for Photo-Sound Associates, from the Ron Cohen Collection (20239). Shot in New York City, in the late 1950s, the images document a party attended by members of the famed Ballet Español de Ximenez-Vargas. Dancers include (from top to bottom): an unidentified man, Carmen Rivas, Antonio Hector de Jesus, and Maria Alba (Flamenco dance star who studied with Mariquita Flores and by 1957 or so was dancing with Ximenez-Vargas).

W is for workers.

I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent, a.k.a. “The Little Red Songbook,” 7th edition, 1914.

First published in 1909, The Little Red Songbook is a compilation of songs used by the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) to build morale and promote solidarity.

Featured in the exhibition An Alphabet of Treasures: Special Collections from A to Z, which can be seen in Wilson Special Collections Library until April 19, 2015.


Bucket List - Listen to War Stories from a Veteran

Thousands of Veterans personal stories have been preserved.  Diaries, video interviews, photos and even artwork from veterans are maintained in an archive at the Library of Congress. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center aims to collect, preserve and make accessible veterans’ personal stories from as far back as World War I to more recent conflicts in Iraq and

As the Civil War was winding down, President Abraham Lincoln called on Americans in his second inaugural address “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” While returning and fallen servicemembers have long been revered in the United States, Veterans Day was only established as a national holiday in 1919, though at the time it was called Armistice Day, celebrating the anniversary of the end of World War I.

Five states are home to more than 1 million veterans: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million), and Pennsylvania (1 million).