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July 22, 2009-September 22, 2009

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To the left is a photograph featured in the Congressional Interdisciplinary Guides. This particular bird can be found inside the Interdisciplinary guide on Zoology. The Congressional Interdisciplinary Guides were created to highlight Congressional content on subjects that might be unexpected such as: Zoology, Geology, Art, and Architecture. Visit our wiki article that contains all of the Congressional Interdisciplinary Guides by clicking here.














February 27, 2009-March 31, 2009

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To the left is an illustration of the Turkey Dance of the Pueblo tribe of Jemez, New Mexico. The image is included in the Serial Set document called "Report on Indians taxed and Indians not taxed in the United States (except Alaska) at the Eleventh Census: 1890".

The author writes, "The dance always goes hand in hand with all mysteries and rites... In these dances frequently the participants dress in the skins of animals or the feathers of birds or fowls. The wild turkey was a domestic bird with the Pueblos, as noted by the early Spaniards. It was kept for its plumage and not for food."

For more information about the Pueblo Indians from the 1800s, click here.




February 13,2009-February 27, 2009

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To the left is a photograph of Thomas Edison and the Insomnia Squad. This photograph is also featured on the cover of the UPA Guide, "From Phonographs to U-Boats: Edison and His "Insomnia Squad" in Peace and War, 1911-1918." This groundbreaking book by Thomas E. Jeffrey probes an important period in Edison’s life that has received little attention in previous scholarly works. During these years, Edison developed several important new inventions, formed a lifelong friendship with automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, and contributed to the war effort by becoming a major producer of chemicals and serving as president of the Naval Consulting Board. From Phonographs to U-Boats consists of two major essays. The first essay, entitled “The ‘Insomnia Squad’: Thomas A. Edison’s Laboratory and Wartime Research Staff,” includes a very interesting section on the origins of the fabled “Insomnia Squad” and reveals for the first time the identity of the mysterious eighth “insomniac” who is not in the group photograph. The second essay, entitled “Thomas A. Edison’s Management Team,” tells the story of the innovations introduced by Charles Edison and Mark Jones and reveals the importance of the years 1911–1919 for Edison’s companies. For more information, please visit the fact sheet at: http://www.amdev.net/upa/16617.pdf


January 21, 2009-February 13, 2009

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To the left is an illustration of a Venetian Mosaic of Christopher Columbus. You can find this illustration in the art section of the "Report of the United States Commission to the Columbian Historical Exposition at Madrid" from 1892. The document says, "A mosaic portrait of Columbus was presented by the city of Venice to the city of Genoa as a peace offering to her ancient enemy when the latter joined the sisterhood of States which now constitutes the Kingdom of Italy. It is enclosed in a beautiful frame of ebony, inlaid with ivory, and is considered a remarkable work of art...The portrait hangs in the municipal palace at Genoa." This is just one of a few different artistic representations of Christopher Columbus inside this exciting document. To read more, search the Serial Set Digital Collection for 3322 H.exdoc.100 or simply, click here.









January 5, 2009-January 21, 2009

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To the left is a photograph of immigrants waiting in line at Ellis Island in 1903. The photograph is included in the Serial Set Digital Collection in the 1903 Report of the Immigration Bureau. This report includes information on types of immigrants received during the year and the general state of Ellis Island. One part of the document says, "During the preceding twelve months, there arrived at this point of New York, 689,358 aliens, and of these, 631,885 were brought to Ellis Island inspection." As you can see from the image, waits were long and sometimes dangerous. Many immigrants were in poor medical condition and came with little possessions - notice the woman who is waiting shoeless. To learn more about Ellis Island in the early 1900s, search the serial set for 4676 H.doc. 758 or simply click here.





December 3, 2008-December 17, 2008

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To the left is a photograph San Juan de Dios Hospital in Bogota, Colombia. The photograph is included in the Serial Set Digital Collection in one of the Bulletins of the Pan American Union. This particular bulletin from July 1928 deals with the new construction and architecture in Latin American and South American countries. If you are interested in seeing examples of government and academic buildings in South America like libraries, hospitals, and schools search the Serial Set for 8958 H.Doc.60, or simply click here.





November 19, 2008-December 3, 2008

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To the left is a photograph of Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National Woman's Suffrage Association at the time of the passing of the 19th amendment. You can see this image in the Bulletin of the Pan American Union from 1921 in your Serial Set Digital Collection. The first piece of the document speaks of suffrage and says, "The first historic of a demand for sex representation was made by Abigail Smith Adams...in which she declared that in order to have heroes, statesman, and philosophers, the country needed learned women: I long to hear that you have declared an independency, and, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than were your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands...If particular car and attention are not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves boud to obey any laws in which we have no voice or representation." Search 7891 H.Doc.825, or simply click here.






November 5, 2008-November 19, 2008

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To the left is a photograph of the North Side of the White House - the future home of our President-Elect, Barack Obama and his family. This photograph is part of the Serial Set document called "A manual on the origin and development of Washington." The manual is filled with photographs of the Washington, D.C. area, as well as maps, and early illustrations of certain buildings and monuments. It is certainly a great historical Washington, D.C. resource. To see the document in its entirety, search the Serial Set for 10242 S.doc.178 or simply click here. For more recent election information, visit our Election 2008 page to see a transcript of John McCain's concession speech in LexisNexis Academic.





October 22, 2008-November 5, 2008

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To the left is a fall-inspired photograph from the 1901 edition of the "Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture. The full title of this photograph is called "A Field of Pumpkins grown for Seed." Besides some great pictures of harvesting, the Department of Agriculture Yearbook from 1901 contains things like maps, information on road and highway development, and specifications and drawings of fruits, vegetables, and agricultural machinery to name a few. After you're through frolicking in the pumpkin patch like this guy, search the Serial Set for 4385 H.doc.661, or simply click here.




October 14, 2008-October 22, 2008

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To the left is a photograph of a man at a current gaging station in Los Angeles California from a Geological Survey document from 1910. The current gage determines discharge by velocity measurements. These stations are located at such points that the relation between gage height and discharge will always remain constant for any given stage. The document states, "A straight, smooth section without cross currents, backwater, boils, etc., at any stage is highly desirable, but on most streams is not attainable except at the cost of cable equipment. Rough, permanent sections, if measurements are properly made by experienced engineers, taking measuring points at a distance apart of 2 to 5 percent or less of the total width, will within reasonable limits, yield better results for a given outlay of money than semipermant or shifting sections with a smooth, uniform current." To learn more, search the Serial Set for the document title "Water-supply paper 246; Surface water-supply of U.S., 1907-08, pt. 6: Missouri River basin" or click here.




October 1, 2008-October 14, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of a vase from Chevelon Canyon Lake, Arizona. This vase was made by the Pueblo Indians in areas around this lake. The illustration is found in the document, "Twenty-second Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute 1900-1901." In this particular document, you can find many illustrations of vases and foodbowls of the Pueblo Indians along with sociological information about the Arizona area and the Pueblo Indians at the turn of the 20th century. Visit the Serial Set and search form 4715 H.doc.641 or, click here.







September 17, 2008-October 1, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of the then proposed University of Law Building at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The caption reads: The new building of the Law Department will be of Gothic style of the 14th and 15th centuries, and the only building of this kind in the city of Buenos Aires. It will be vary modern in every detail and have accommodations for 1,000 pupils. To read the rest of this Pan American Union report from 1912, click here.






September 3, 2008-September 17, 2008

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To the left is an illustration called "Heaving Up The Trawl" from the Serial Set Document called "Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission, Col. VII for 1887." The report states "Under ordinary circumstances, the trawl is hove up when the tide has done running, if it is day-time, or when the limit of a fishing-ground is reached and it is not practicable to tow back over it on the other tack." Heaving up the trawl is just one task that the fishermans pictured had to accomplish each day in this documentation of fishing on the North Sea. In addition to the illustrations of boats, equipment, and the crew, there are various pictures of the types of fish and aquaculture. To read more of this report, search for 2663 H.misdoc.136 in the Serial Set on LexisNexis Congressional. Or, you can click here.








August 25, 2008-September 3, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of Poobitcie, a Moqui Native American of the Sichumnavi Pueblo in Arizona. The illustration is from the Serial Set Document "Report on Indians taxed and Indians not taxed in the United States (except Alaska) at the Eleventh Census: 1980." The document explains Poobitcie's tribe by writing, "The Moquis are an entirely peaceful and industrious people, self-sustaining, supporting themselves by agriculture, stock raising, and the maufacture and sale of pottery and basket work. The villages, or pueblos, are from 700 to 800 feet above the falleys and wood has to be brought by men and donkeys, or burros, a distance of 6 to 8 miles, while water, obtained from springs at the bottom or base of the mesas, has to be brought by women in jars 1 to 2 miles, up well-worn paths along the sides of the mesas to the villages." To read more about the Moqui, look up Serial Set document 3016 H.misdoc.340/9 or click here.









August 11,2008-August 25, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of the Sweetwater Dam during the great flood of January 17, 1895. Sweetwater Dam is near San Diego California. The dam was completed in 1888. This illustration is part of the Serial Set document called "Annual report of Director of Geological Survey, 1897, pt. 4: Hydrography." It is one of many reports from the Department of the Interior. You can find this and other Geological Surveys through your LexisNexis Congressional subcription or, by clicking here.





August 4, 2008-August 11, 2008

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To the left is a photograph from the 1920s of the Palace of Industries in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This palace was the location of "The Grand Coffee Exposition Commemorative of the Second Centenary of the Introduction of the Coffee Tree into Brazil" from October 12-November 20, 1927. This coffee celebration in Brazil was a huge success devoted to special exibits, lectures, and films on South American agriculture. The photograph is contained in a section on commerce in "The Bulletin of the Pan American Union", published in January 1928. For more information on The Grand Coffee Exposition or South American commerce, search the Serial Set or simply click here.





July 21, 2008-August 4, 2008

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To the left is a photograph from 1902 of the elevated railway station on Bulow Strasse in Berlin. This photograph is included in a section on Elevated and Undergourd Rail in a Consular Report fromt he Bureau of Foreign Commerce, Department of State. Berlin's elevated and underground electric railway opened for traffic on February 18, 1902. The fare for passengers> 15 pfennings - about 4 cents. To read more on the Berlin underground and elevated railway, click here.





July 10, 2008-July 21, 2008

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To the left is a sketch map of the Missions of the Catalonian Capuchins in the Spanish Province of Guyana from about 1735. It has been reproduced from a Photolithographic Facsimile of the Manuscript Original in the Archives of the Capuchin Order at Rome Given by Father Joseph Strickland, S.J., in His Documents and Maps on the Boundary Question Between Venezuela and British Guyana, Rome, 1896. One of a series of five maps on the same subject showing the extent of missions between the years 1735 and 1789 and touching on subjects often found in the Serial Set Maps Collection: historical cartography, historical settlement, rivers and waterways, and boundary disputes. Click here to read more of the report.





June 23, 2008-July 10, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of an Eskimo wooden mask and dancing gorget. This image of an Eskimo "whaleman's mask and dancing gorget" set is part of the Smithsonian Annual Report of 1895. This specimen was found at Point Barrow, Alaska. They are made of spruce and were found in quite a weathered state. Archaeologists presume that this mask and gorget set may have been constantly hung outdoors, perhaps even at a cemetary. The mask had a string that would tie to the back of the neck and the gorget had strings attached that would fit around the arms. They were painted red and black, often with figures painted on the back of the gorget. Click here to find out more about antique Eskimo specimens found at Point Barrow.




June 9, 2008-June 23, 2008

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To the left is a chromolithograph called "Mask of Muluktatkia: Front, Side, and Rear Views" from 1904. This is one of an extensive series of chromolithographs showing Indian ceremonies, masks, and ceremonial objects - these of the Zuni Indians of western New Mexico. To see more, search the Serial Set for the title "Twenty-third Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1902" or click here. These annual reports of the Smithsonian Institution include extensive reports of ethnographic investigations on various subjects, in this case, Native American cultures.





May 27, 2008-June 9, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of the bright blue damsel fish (also known as Abudefduf taupou or Chrysiptera taupou) of the Pacific ocean. This specimen is included in the "Fishes of Samoa" section of the Serial Set document "Fisheries Bureau Bulletin, v. 25, 1905." However, the blue damsel fish has been spotted near many Oceanianian islands. These fish are commercially available today for your own aquarium, but you will see them advertised in stores as "Blue Devils" - they don't play well with others! To learn more about the blue damsel and other fish, search for the "Fisheries Bureau Bulletin" or simply click here.




May 19, 2008-May 27, 2008

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To the left are two engravings of European lighthouses. On the left is the Wolf Rock lighthouse which is 8 miles off of Land's End in Cornwall, England. It was built during the years of 1862 and 1869 and still stands today. On the right is the Eddystone lighthouse which stands in rocks off the coast of Devonshire. There have been five lighthouses on this spot through the years. Four of them, including the one pictured (called Smeaton's tower,) fell into the ocean. The fifth one, Douglass' Tower, has been standing tall since 1882. Find out more about European Lighthouses by searching for the Serial Set document "Report on light-houses in Europe" from 1874. Or, click here.






May 13, 2008-May 19, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of Kadiak native fisherman and families. This illustration is part of the eleventh census of Alaska from 1893. This extremely interesting document covers subjects like the fishing and fur industries, Alaska natives, canals, and mines. To find out about Alaska long before it became a state, search the Serial Set for "Report on population and resources of Alaska at the Eleventh Census: 1890." Or, simply click here.







May 5, 2008-May 13, 2008

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To the left is a photograph of two Amorini vases called "Pilgrim Jugs." To see other photographs of Amorini vases, you can search the Serial Set under the title "Reports of the United States Commissioners to the Paris Universal Exposition, 1878. Iron and Steel exhibits." Or, simply click here.






April 22, 2008-May 5, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of the Turkey Dance of the Pueblo tribe of Jemez, New Mexico. The image is included in the Serial Set document called "Report on Indians taxed and Indians not taxed in the United States (except Alaska) at the Eleventh Census: 1890".

The author writes, "The dance always goes hand in hand with all mysteries and rites... In these dances frequently the participants dress in the skins of animals or the feathers of birds or fowls. The wild turkey was a domestic bird with the Pueblos, as noted by the early Spaniards. It was kept for its plumage and not for food."

For more information about the Pueblo Indians from the 1800s, click here.





April 14, 2008-April 22, 2008

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To the left is an illustration of the Siberian Wagtail. This "handsome specimen" is included in the Serial Set document called "Observations and notes made during cruise of revenue cutter Corwin in Arctic Ocean, 1881; Medical and anthropological; Botanical; Birds; Fish" from 1883. The author writes, "They are found on the grassy flats which cover the spit making out at the mout of the bay, and are very unsuspicious, if my single example is to be taken as typical. It was close to the Eskimo huts and lighted upon a stone as I drew near, allowing me to approach very closely." For more information about the Siberian Wagtail or other Arctic birds and fish, search the title or or simply click here.





April 1, 2008-April 14, 2008

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The image to the left is an illustration of the C.S.S. Georgia cruiser. The ship was built in 1862 and was part of the Confederate Navy until shipwrecked in 1975, on the coast of Maine. To see many more Union and Confederate Naval vessels, search the Serial Set for "Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion." Or, navigate directly to the title by

clicking here.





March 10, 2008-April 1, 2008

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The image to the left is a floral pattern found on an ancient Mexican stamp. Mexican Indians used these stamps "to decorate pottery, cloth, paper, and even human skin," as it says on page 571 of 11282 H.doc.529 in the Serial Set Digital Collection. Besides floral patterns, natural settings, animals, and other geometric designs were very common stamps. To read more of the "Pan American Union" or to see this and other examples of Mexican Stamps, click here.






March 5, 2008-March 10, 2008

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These two symbols are included in the document "Universal military training, report of National Security Training Commission" from 1951. They are part of a visual presentation that would be given by military chaplains on character guidance. The document includes symbols about other subjects as citizenship, religion, and responsibility in wartime. To see these and other images in context, search the Serial Set for 11614 H.doc.315 or click here.







February 26, 2009-March 5, 2008

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This illustration is of a bull buffalo - signed and numbered by Ernest E. Thompson. It is included in the Annual Report of Smithsonian Institution, 1887, pt. 2; National Museum. This document was published on August 1, 1887 and includes reports on Alaskan Natives, Horticulture, and Zoology to name a few. To read more on this subject, search for document 2582 H.misdoc.600 the Serial Set Digital Collection. Or simply click here







February 19, 2008-February 26, 2008

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From the Patent office's 1859 report on Agriculture, the illustration on the left is one of many in this document showing the correct and newly patented techniques on building a farm house. Included in the chapter entitled, "Some Hints Upon Farmhouses", this illustration shows a way to encourage air circulation by building a house on scattered piers. To read more on this subject, search for document 1028 S.exdoc.11 the Serial Set Digital Collection. Or simply click here





February 11, 2008-February 19, 2008

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An illustration of the adult male Calliste cyanicollis or Tangara cyanicollis, the blue-necked tanager. This beautiful bird is most often found in South American countries like Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador. This illustration is found in the document "The U.S. naval astronomical expedition to the southern hemipshere, during the years 1849-'50-'51-'52." in the Serial Set Digital Collection. Search for H.exdoc.121, or simply

click here






February 4, 2008-February 11, 2008

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An illustration of Navajo Indians from "Explorations and Surveys for Pacific Ralroad, vol. 3: Whipple's route, geology, Indians, etc." found in the Serial Set Digital Collection.

To see this image in context, use your LexisNexis Congressional subscription to search for document number 760 S.exdoc.78 in the Serial Set Digital Collection. Or click here.






Image before February 4, 2008

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Panamanian students argue with a Canal Zone official as they attempt to hang their flag at Balboa High School in the Canal Zone.

Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland. This image can be found in Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Panama, 1963-1966, a LexisNexis UPA microfilm collection.

Documents on U.S.-Panamanian relations and the status of the Panama Canal can be found in LexisNexis Academic, LexisNexis Congressional, and LexisNexis UPA Collections.