|News Display: Library of Congress Is Established|
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Description/Abstract: News Display: Library of Congress Is Established, Tuesday, 4/24
The Library of Congress, our nation's oldest federal institution, was established on April 24, 1800, when President John Adams signed an Act of Congress. The legislation provided for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington, D.C. Within, Adams appropriated $5,000 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress ..., and for fitting up a suitable apartment for containing them...." Thomas Jefferson signed into law the position of Librarian of Congress, first held by John James Beckley, and a Joint Committee on the Library, to administer and manage the collection. Jefferson donated his own personal collection when the Library of Congress was burnt to the ground by British troops in 1814.
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