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

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States


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.

6 Images Communism in Hollywood Featured House Committee on Un-American Activities press release for a hearing on communist influences in the motion picture industry, September 19, 1947
5 Images The Teapot Dome Scandal Featured Leases Upon Naval Oil Reserves: Senate Committee Hearings before the Committee on Public Lands and Surveys, Vol. 3, 1924
2 Images Preserving American Films Featured Legal Issues that Arise when Color is Added to Black-and-White Movies, by the Committee on the Judiciary, May 12, 1987
2 Images Television Quiz Shows Featured Charles Van Doren testifying before the House Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight, photograph, November 2, 1959