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How Many Federal Laws Were Passed Last Year?

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, senior legal research specialist in our Public Services Division. The United States Congress passed 115 Public Laws in 2015. The laws are numbered from Public Law 114-1 through Public Law 114-115. The number 114 represents the current congress followed by the numerical order of the law. These public […]

¡Happy Birthday, Benito Juárez!

…el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz.–Benito Juárez 210 years ago, on March 21, 1806, Benito Juárez (Benito Pablo Juárez García), one of Mexico’s most renowned leaders, was born.  Ask any Mexican about Benito Juárez, and you may find them promptly reciting a well-known aphorism of his:  “… el respeto al derecho ajeno es […]

Manuscript Waste Bindings at the Library of Congress – Pic of the Week

In this week’s pic of the week post, we catch up with Library of Congress employee Dan Paterson, who is a senior rare book conservator in the Conservation Section of the Library’s Conservation Division. Since 2013, Dan has been surveying book bindings in the Library’s special collections, looking for bindings that incorporate manuscript waste. Manuscript […]

A Founding Father is Born on March 16, 1751

Today the Library of Congress is commemorating the 265th anniversary of James Madison’s birth. Madison, the fourth president of the United States, was born on March 16, 1751 in the Colony of Virginia. The Library’s James Madison Memorial Building serves as the national memorial to James Madison. The building was approved by an act of […]

Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. Compiling a federal legislative history may seem intimidating at first glance, but it does not have to be. In this Beginner’s Guide, we revisit previous posts to create a comprehensive research guide that you can use to compile your own federal legislative […]

Anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inauguration – Pic of the Week

Today is the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first inauguration, which took place on March 4, 1933.  Historically speaking, it was the last presidential inauguration held in March.  As I wrote in the post on the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Confederation Congress had set the date for the first Congress to be celebrated […]

An Extraordinary Law Librarian

The following is a guest post by Debbie Shrager, a legal reference librarian who worked in the Law Library’s Public Services Division. In this post, Debbie writes about the extraordinary life of John F.N. Wilkinson, who worked in the Law Library of Congress from 1857-1912. Wilkinson’s service to the Law Library is certainly the most fascinating fact I have […]

Library to Commemorate James Madison’s 265th Birthday

On Wednesday, March 16, the Law Library of Congress and the Library’s Manuscript Division will host a panel discussion on the fourth president’s early life, political and personal partnerships and his pre-eminent role at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The program will feature three distinguished attorneys and historians whose biographies of Madison were published in 2015: […]

Anniversary of the Radio Act of 1927, The Beginning of Broadcast Regulation

As new technologies emerge, the federal government works to ratchet up its regulations. If the technology is sufficiently pervasive, the government creates regulatory arms for it. Radio is one of the earlier examples of this cycle of technological innovation and its regulation. Before 1927, the Commerce Department regulated radio, but the department’s control over the […]