7 Photos for People Who Love Books

Today’s post comes from Brooke Engerman, summer intern at the National Archives Public and Media Communications Office.

Happy National Book Lovers Day to all our literary fans out there! Here at the National Archives, we’re very shelf-aware of our love of all written records. To celebrate this wonderful day, here’s a look at some of our favorite book-related holdings!


Photograph of Books in the National Archives Research Room


As all lovers of fiction know, a good book can transport you to other lands. And speaking of literary travels, here’s Ernest Hemingway’s 1923 passport photo.

Ernest Hemingway’s 1923 Passport Photograph.

Nothing warms our hearts more than seeing young people having fun in libraries! These children are checking out books from the Benjamin Franklin Library.

Children check out books at the Benjamin Franklin Library


Sometimes all you need is a great book and a little space. No one knows this quite like astronaut Janice Voss! She is enjoying A Man on the Moon while exercising on an ergometer on the mid-deck of Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105.

Mission Specialist Voss reads a book on OV-105’s mid-deck


It wouldn’t be a proper #NationBookLoversDay celebration without highlighting some of our favorite American authors.  Both James Baldwin and Marlon Brando were photographed together attended the Civil Rights March on Washington

Author James Baldwin and actor Marlon Brando, 1963

To all the Edgar Allan Poe fans, this one’s for you! Poe joined the Army at the age of 18 in Boston. This enlistment paper, now in our holdings, shows that he used a false name, Edgar Perry, and a false age, adding four years to his real age. The paper also described him as being 5 feet and 8 inches tall, with brown hair, gray eyes, and a fair complexion.

Enlistment Paper for Edgar A. Perry (Poe) 


And remember, “let Good Books help YOU!”

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“In a War-Torn World, Let Good Books Help You”

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