Knowledge

The U.S. Capitol after Burning by the British, ink and watercolor on paper by George Munger, ca. 1814

The Congress shall have Power To ... promote ... useful Arts

Knowing that democracy flourishes best in an open environment with an educated citizenry, Congress has promoted public education, supported the arts and sciences, and funded extensive research, as illustrated in these documents. In that same spirit, it established the Library of Congress, now the world's largest library, with unparalleled collections in every field of human endeavor.