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A Magna Carta Coin – Pic of the Week

One of the keepsakes given at the Library of Congress’s pre-inaugural black-tie gala for the ongoing Magna Carta exhibition was the commemorative coin depicted below. The coin’s obverse shows the name of the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Its reverse shows a reproduction of a medallion that appears on the title page of a 1774 imprint of […]

Human Rights Day Event Scheduled for February 2015

The following is guest post by Constance Johnson, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Connie is chair of the Law Library’s planning committee for Human Rights Day and has previously written or co-written a number of posts for In Custodia Legis. Today is the world’s Human Rights Day, a day proclaimed by the […]

“Conversations on the Enduring Legacy of the Great Charter” Symposium Set for December 9, 2014

Scholars, historians and contemporary thinkers will discuss how Magna Carta’s political and legal traditions have carried into our current times at a symposium on Dec. 9, 2014. The symposium, Conversations on the Enduring Legacy of the Great Charter, is being held in conjunction with the Library’s exhibition,”Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.” The afternoon program, “Contemporary […]

Magna Carta Entrusting Ceremony Recreated – Pic of the Week

The Library of Congress is commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with an exhibition – Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, a symposium, and a series of talks starting this year.  Through January 19, 2015, the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of four remaining originals from 1215 is on display along with other rare materials from the Library’s rich […]

Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor Gallery Talk – Pic of the Week

Nathan Dorn, curator of Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, recently gave a gallery talk that highlighted key items from the exhibition. Nathan discussed the cornerstone of the exhibition, the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta. He spoke about its physical condition, the history of its birth at Runnymede, England and its significance through the ages. There […]

Magna Carta’s Legal Legacy: Law Librarian of Congress Speaks with Two Chief Justices

The Library of Congress is commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with an exhibition – Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, a symposium, and a series of talks starting this year.  From November 6 through January 19, 2015, the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of four remaining originals from 1215 will be on display along with other […]

From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations

In connection with The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Exhibition, on October 22nd, Robert provided a gallery talk, titled “From the Ashes of Reconstruction to the Heart of Atlanta: The Long Battle to Integrate Public Accommodations,” regarding Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (CRA). Robert traced the history […]

“Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” Opens – Pic of the Week

Yesterday via In Custodia Legis, we announced the opening of the Library of Congress exhibition, “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.” To celebrate the upcoming 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the exhibition’s opening, a ceremony took place in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building.  HRH The Princess Royal Princess Anne; British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott; other British […]