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Library of Congress - Jefferson Building

Library of Congress - Jefferson Building paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/26/2017
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The oldest of the three United States Library of Congress buildings, the Thomas Jefferson Building was built between 1890 and 1897.

10 First Street SE
Washington , DC 20540
Phone: (202) 707-8000
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 38.8865337
Lon: -77.0058922

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 6
Evidence: 0
Resources: 2
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History information is some background and history about the location. This is meant to be a basic summary. Below the history records you will find sources in which you can click on to find out more information. There may be multiple history records per location.

Needing more room for its increasing collection, the Library of Congress under Librarian Ainsworth Rand Spofford suggested to the Congress that a new building be built specifically to serve as the American national library. Prior to this the Library existed in a wing of the Capitol Building. The new building was needed partly because of the growing Congress, but also partly because of the Copyright Law of 1870, which required all copyright applicants to send to the Library two copies of their work. This resulted in a flood of books, pamphlets, maps, music, prints and photographs. Spofford had been instrumental in the enactment of this law.

After Congress approved construction of the building in 1886, it took eleven years to complete. The building opened to the public on November 1, 1897, met with wide approval and was immediately seen as a national monument. The building name was changed on June 13, 1980 to honor former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, who had been a key figure in the establishment of the Library in 1800. Jefferson offered to sell his personal book collection to Congress in September 1814, one month after the British had burned the Capitol in the War of 1812.

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Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

The Library of Congress is a lesser known haunted building on Capitol Hill. It does have its share of ghosts however. The most told ghost story is the police officer who resides in the stacks. He has been seen in both his uniform as well as his casual clothes. He has helped several people exit the stacks when they have become lost in the miles and miles of books. According to the description of the man (and his name, as he tells people) he was a sergeant who died several years ago. This occurrence is well known among many library employees.

Other occurrences in the library's main building include doors opening by themselves, constant banging on the steps, and a mysterious dark haired man.

One of the strangest recent events happened about three years ago when some painters were doing some work in the north corridor on the second floor. The area was closed to the public, and the workers needed get a cart by two heavy curator cases. One case moved about a foot, all by itself, allowing the workers to get the cart through.

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2386 07/26/2017 sdonley An apparition of a police office has been seen in and out of his uniform.
2387 07/26/2017 sdonley Employees have hard the apparition say his name.
2388 07/26/2017 sdonley Door have been reported to open by themselves.
2389 07/26/2017 sdonley Banging has been heard on the steps.
2390 07/26/2017 sdonley An apparition of a mysterious dark haired man has been seen.
2391 07/26/2017 sdonley A heavy case was reported to move by itself.

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