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Marilyn Monroe, Maimonides, Mayans in Library of Congress exhibit July 28

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Marilyn Monroe's $90 check to acting teacher Lee Strasberg joins a 16th-century edition of "Mishneh Torah", the first systematic code of all Jewish law by renowned rabbi Moses Maimonides, and a collection of Mayan "poison flasks" containing tobacco (600-900 A.D.), in a Library of Congress exhibit July 28-Aug. 16.

An audition sheet from Al Pacino’s first audition for the Actors Studio, 1961, is also among 100 rare and unique items selected by Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Interns for the annual display.

Additional artifacts include:

  • A rare 17th-century hand-illuminated Persian manuscript.
  • Batman and the Green Lantern comic book editions.
  • 1930s pulp fiction examples.
  • A letter from Winston Churchill's daughter-in-law, Pamela Digby Churchill, to U.S. diplomat W. Averell Harriman (her future husband), describing D-Day, the Allies' invasion of Normandy during World War Two, 70 years ago.

The 40 Junior Fellows were selected from more than 900 applicants across the country.

The Library of Congress, the world's largest, is America's oldest federal cultural institution, founded in 1800.

Later this year, the Library of Congress will begin celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the "Great Charter" of rights and liberties.

From Nov. 6 through Jan. 19, the Library will display one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta from 1215. It will be the centerpiece of the Library’s exhibition "Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor".

The exhibition will tell the story of the charter's creation in England, its reinterpretation through the centuries, and emergence as an enduring document of constitutional law in the United States.

The 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta will be on loan from the Lincoln Cathedral in England.

(America has one original Magna Carta, the centerpiece of the National Archives' permanent exhibition "Records of Rights" in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery. Rubenstein loaned indefinitely this 1297 Magna Carta to the National Archives.)

For more info: Junior Fellows Program display, July 28-Aug. 16, Library of Congress,, Thomas Jefferson Building, Great Hall, 1st Floor, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C.