A press release from the Library of Congress this week reveals that their summer interns made several discoveries in their time at the Library. They say that they uncovered “more than 130 items” from their back catalogs. How exciting! Sadly, it was far less climactic than we had hoped. At the top of their list of findings is a previously unreleased recording session by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Oh, you haven’t heard of them? Basically, they were the Justin Bieber of their day. At least they have SOME cultural relevance. It’s not like they uncovered some dusty old copies of an unreleased ABBA record. The list of other finds includes such oddities as “Stories About Animals” by Leo Tolstoy, memorabilia from the Newport Folk Festival and a copyright application for the Animate Toy Company’s “Bugville Games. In other words, a bunch of interns found a bunch of useless old scrap, so if the Library ever wants to have a yard sale, they can throw all this stuff in the nickel bin to get rid of it.
The Library of Congress lists more of the “treasures” at www.loc.gov.