The majority of the collections are received through the Copyright registration process, as the Library is home to the U. Items not selected for the collections or other internal purposes are used in the Library’s national and international exchange programs.
Since 1962, the Library of Congress has maintained offices abroad to acquire, catalog and preserve library and research materials from countries where such materials are essentially unavailable through conventional acquisitions methods.In Italian it’s called “sapone”, French “savon” and English, of course, “soap”. The Greek physician, Galen contributed to this bathing fetish. he made literary references to soap and prescribed washing with it as a means to carry away impurities from clothes and and body. resulted in the collapse of the popularity of bathing and soap and thus began the era of the Great Unwashed.The first know written mention of soap dates back to about 2500 B. He was quite aware of the merits of soap for maintenance of health. Further exploration of European involvement in soap history reveals the existence of a large fully equipped soap manufactory that was discovered while excavating the ruins of Pompeii. Throughout most of Europe, bathing was considered an instrument of the devil.A simple yet significant discovery came from those offerings, which would reshape customs for centuries to come.From the alter, fats combined with ashes ran down the hillside to the river.Archaeologists in Jamestown, Virginia, have discovered a rare inscribed slate tablet dating back some 400 years, to the early days of America's first permanent English settlement.Both sides of the slate are covered with words, numbers, and etchings of people, plants, and birds that its owner likely encountered in the New World in the early 1600s.The collections include more than 38 million books and other printed materials, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts.The Library receives some 15,000 items each working day and adds approximately 12,000 items to the collections daily. Materials are also acquired through gift, purchase, other government agencies (state, local and federal), Cataloging in Publication (a pre-publication arrangement with publishers) and exchange with libraries in the United States and abroad.The tablet was found a few feet down in what may be the first well at James Fort, dug in early 1609 by Capt.John Smith, Jamestown's best known leader, said Bill Kelso, director of archaeology at the site.