In 1930, during the height of the Great Depression, Congress approved 1.5 million dollars for the purchase of this historical item.
- Gutenberg Bible
- 1903 Wright flyer
- Thomas Jefferson’s library
- Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield
Gutenberg Bible. On display in the Library of Congress, it is one of three Gutenberg Bibles printed on vellum still in existence today. Originally owned and kept safe by Benedictine monks in Europe, it was sold in 1926 to Otto H.F, Vollbehr, a German rare book collector, who in turn sold it to the Library of Congress.