Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government,
the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice.
The Library of Congress is my number one source of information for the Bowery Boys, through their newspaper archive and their amazing collection of photographs. Due to the government shutdown, they have closed down access and thus I will not able to use these valuable resources.
Hopefully they — and America — will be back online soon.
(For those who are interested, the ‘back door’ catalog to LOC is still open — thanks @ManhattanPast for the info — but I suspect that will be closed shortly.)