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The Library of Congress began rather earlier-when the United States purchased Thomas Jefferson's vast collection of books. Jefferson had organized his library into three categories: Memory (history), Reason (philosophy, law, and science), and Imagination (the arts). Following that arrangement, American Treasures in the Library of Congress: Memory/Reason/Imagination, offers noteworthy examples of American culture, from the oldest book (1640) and photograph (1839), to the contents of Abraham Lincoln's pockets on the night of his assassination. With an introduction of Garry Wills, and a foreword by James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress.
|Letter from Paul A. Allaire||9|
|Introduction: National Treasures||10|
|Building the National Collection||164|
|Preserving the Past||166|