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The Sinking of the Lusitania

On May 1, 1915, the RMS Lusitania set sail from New York City to Liverpool, England, carrying 1,959 passengers. On May 7, 1915, the ship was sailing off the Irish coast when a German U-Boat, U-20, fired a torpedo that sank the Lusitania within twenty minutes, killing 1,198 passengers, including 128 Americans. The sinking of […]

Mother’s Day – Pic of the Week

“Heroic women of America: Mary Washington,” Mary Washington welcoming her son, George Washington from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) As this Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day, I figured this was a great opportunity to pay tribute to the “first mother” of the United States–Mary Ball Washington.  But before we go […]


Looking for a good legal dictionary? Well the Law Library has over 4200 of them, covering countries and languages from Chinese to Estonian to Cameroon.  Many of these titles contain more than one language.  So you could even draft your motion, translate it to French, and then from French to Portuguese, if you were so […]

Inside the Rosa Parks Collection

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the Law Library of Congress hosted Meg McAleer, senior archives specialist from the Manuscript Division for a power lunch program in celebration of Women’s History Month to discuss civil rights activist Rosa Parks and her experience processing the Rosa Parks Manuscript Collection. Rosa Parks made her indelible mark on American […]

Laws of Namibia – Global Legal Collection Highlights

This post is part of our Global Legal Collection Highlights series in which we provide information on some of the foreign law materials available to researchers at the Library of Congress. March 21, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of Namibia’s independence.  Namibia, which gained its independence on March 21, 1990, is Africa’s third-youngest nation next […]