The Library sends notices to members of Congress announcing orientation sessions about its services.
Using material from the collections of the Library of Congress, Alan Lomax, an assistant in charge of the Library’s Archive of American Folk Song, arranges and presents a program of folk music at the White House. The program is the Library’s response to Eleanor Roosevelt’s suggestion that folk material in the Library’s collections be made available for the recreational purposes of America’s armed forces.
Staff of the Library’s Office of the Secretary sends out a press release detailing the actions that Library of Congress administrators plan to take to safeguard the Library’s collections during wartime: “Archibald MacLeish, the Librarian of Congress, announced today that the Library staff is beginning the listing of unique and irreplaceable books and manuscripts and that problems of packing and storage are under consideration.”
The Library’s Press Release No. 30 announces that it has set up a "democracy alcove" for use in the Main Reading Room. The alcove contains the classic texts of the foundations of America—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and The Federalist. The writings of American statesmen, biographies, and analyses of the theory and practices of democracy by a variety of scholars are also included.
Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests, and receives, a declaration of war against Japan.