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On the Shelf: How do you say “Gazette” in…

Okay, so this is not actually another of Andrew’s clever posts with videos showing you how to say “law” or “book” in multiple languages.

Photo by Betty Lupinacci

However, when our serials cataloger, Brian Kuhagen, showed me a title he was classifying, I immediately thought of Andrew’s posts and tying that theme (a single word in multiple languages) to our On the Shelf series.

There are many examples of multiple language titles in our collection, but in this instance we have the official gazette of the former country Czechoslovakia, which was published in three different languages:  Czech, German and Slovak.  This particular gazette was published during the period of the first Czechoslovak Republic, which existed from 1918-1939.

Pictured here is the same volume (1936) in all three languages, presumably containing identical text in each language (though apparently we never received a good many of the issues published in the Slovak language – the far right volume).

When I opened each volume to the same issue, they do indeed appear to be identical (even to my untrained eyes).

After World War II, the German version was discontinued.  And, in 1992, when Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, each new sovereign state started publishing solely in their own language.  So now we have that much more room on the shelf.

Photo by Betty Lupinacci


Nuremberg Trial Verdicts

Seventy years ago – on October 1, 1946 – the Nuremberg trial, one of the most prominent trials of the last century, concluded when the International Military Tribunal (IMT) issued the verdicts for the main war criminals of the Second World War. The IMT sentenced twelve of the defendants to death, seven to terms of […]

Welsh Legal History

The following is a guest post by Clare Feikert-Ahalt, foreign law specialist for the United Kingdom and a number of Commonwealth jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress.  Clare has previously written many interesting posts, most recently: FALQs: Brexit Referendum and The Case of a Ghost Haunted England for Over Two Hundred Years. Frequently, the four […]

On the Shelf: Hispanic Heritage Month and Recent Latin American Law Material Acquisitions

Earlier this year we reflected on Hispanic Heritage Month with a post by my colleague Francisco Macias. He and I have explored the origins of the month in previous years’ posts. You can read this year’s Presidential Proclamation online too. Once you know all about it, how will you commemorate this month? It begins each […]

Visit the Law Library of Congress Booth at the 16th National Book Festival!

The Library of Congress will host the 16th Annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24 at the Washington Convention Center. In addition, to notable author presentations and an array of literacy activities for all ages, Law Library of Congress staff will be available to meet with festival attendees in the Library of Congress Pavilion from […]

United States Treaties Added to the Law Library Website

We have added the United States Treaty Series, compiled by Charles I. Bevans, to our online digital collection.  This collection includes treaties that the United States signed with other countries from 1776 to 1949. The collection consists of 13 volumes: four volumes of multilateral treaties, eight volumes of bilateral treaties and one volume of an index. Multilateral […]

Cherokee National Holiday

Osiyo! The 64th Cherokee National Holiday will be celebrated from September 2-4 this year. The annual holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the Act of Union reuniting Cherokees both East and West after the Trail of Tears. The three-day festival is one of the largest in Oklahoma, where traditional and modern […]