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Episode description: Established in 1800 as a small research library for the new Congress, the LOC today is the repository of the nation's life story, with holdings that go far beyond books. They include Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence, marked up by Adams and Franklin; the maps carried in the pockets of Lewis and Clark; the contents of Lincoln's pockets the night he was shot; Gershwin's piano; the typescript of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech; and Bob Hope's 80,000-page joke file. [cc]

Rating: [TV-G] (General Audience)

Series Information: Great Museums

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First aired: Friday, January 23, 2004 (excluding any air dates prior to June 1999)


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   Great Museums
   (888) 230-4453

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