Detail from the 1215 King John Magna Carta of Lincoln Cathedral
Today, the Library of Congress announced officially that Magna Carta is coming to the Library! Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England, is loaning the Library its exemplification of a 1215 King John Magna Carta. The historical document will be part of the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, which opens November 6, 2014 and continues through January 19, 2015. The Law Library’s very own Nathan Dorn is the curator for the exhibition.
It has felt a little like keeping a surprise party secret… for over a year! We’ve put out little breadcrumbs, namely Nathan’s blog posts on Magna Carta-related items in the Law Library rare books collection:
Magna Carta will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2015. Look for more news on the exhibition and related events as well as blog posts on the heritage of English Liberties and Anglo-American Constitutionalism here on In Custodia Legis in the coming months. You can follow us on the Law Library’s Twitter account using the #1215MCLC hashtag. (Just remember “1215″ as the year of the original Magna Carta “MC” – with “LC” standing for Library of Congress and Lincoln Cathedral!)
Hope to see you here!
At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, it will once again be time to reset our clocks an hour ahead for daylight saving time (DST). Under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-58, daylight saving time was extended by several weeks. Previously, DST ran from the first Sunday in April to the last […]
This week’s interview is with Charles Dove, the Director of Asset Management at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I am a native Marylander and grew up in the pastoral setting of the Ashton-Sandy Spring-Olney area. I spent my summers horseback riding with friends, rowing a home-built skiff on Triadelphia Lake, and to […]
The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress, who covers Japan and several other Asian jurisdictions. This post is part of our Global Legal Collection Highlights series, which has included posts on the Law Library’s collections related to a wide range of countries and subjects. The […]
Happy Friday! We’ve updated the links of our legal research guides for fourteen foreign jurisdictions. These research guides provide a one-stop primer on the legal systems of foreign countries by providing links to reference sources, compilations, citations guides, periodicals (indexes and databases), dictionaries, web resources, free public web sites, subscription-based services, subject-specific web sites, and country overviews. The […]
This week’s interview is with Anne Guha, an intern with the Public Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born in Boston and grew up in various places all along the East Coast. I spent most of my childhood in New York City, North Carolina, and Florida, finishing high […]
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As Andrew mentioned in his 2010 post, Our Hours Thanks to 2 U.S.C. 138, because of this law, if Congress is in session during a blizzard someone must come in to provide coverage in the Law Library Reading Room. Since I have been one of the staff members who helps provide coverage during bad weather over […]
The following post is cross posted on the From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature blog. Earlier this week, I made a trip to the attic of the Thomas Jefferson Building to see the Poetry and Literature Center of the Library of Congress and meet with Brock Thompson (who has previously helped edit this blog) and Robert Casper. […]
There are some great new features and improvements now available on Congress.gov. Our team from across the Library of Congress has worked hard to have the first version of both Advanced Search and Browse in this release. I’m also happy to announce that another requested page from THOMAS has now made it over to Congress.gov, the Appropriations Table. As […]