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Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, St. Mary’s University – Pic of the Week

Earlier this week, during the American Association of Law Libraries annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, I visited the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library at St. Mary’s University School of Law.  Below are just a few of the pictures that I took while we were treated to a tour of the law library by librarian and associate professor Mike Martinez, Jr.  It is a very spacious library (everything’s bigger in Texas, right?) named for Sarita Kenedy East, a South Texas rancher and philanthropist whose foundation provided funding for the construction of the building in the early 1980s.

In addition to looking around the processing areas, stacks, and study rooms, we were able to enter the lovely Rare Book Room, where valuable books on Texas law, Mexican law, and other works from different parts of the world are stored and displayed (along with a “stately green granite top table”).  In this room we had a chance to see the first law books of Texas following its becoming a state in late 1845, among other items.

The Sarita Kenedy East Law Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (we’ve written about a couple other FDLP libraries previously).

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A Walking Tour of St. Elizabeths Hospital

In May, I  took a walking tour of the western campus of St. Elizabeths (there is no apostrophe) hospital in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The tour was hosted by the D.C. Preservation League. The hospital is situated high above the city, providing the panoramic view you see pictured below. Dorothea Dix, an advocate for the mentally ill […]

150 Years of the Arlington National Cemetery – Pic of the Week

“…Arlington…where my affections & attachments are more strongly placed than at any other place in the World”–R. E. Lee*   This month marks the sesquicentennial of the Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), as it was established June 15, 1864.  Previously our colleague Christine wrote about the Civil War Sesquicentennial for this blog in 2011.   You may […]

Bas-Relief of The Merchant of Venice – Pic of the Week

In honor of National Poetry Month and the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, today’s Pic of the Week takes a look at a bas-relief that adorns the Folger Shakespeare Library (which is just a few steps away from the Library of Congress buildings). The bas-relief shows the court scene from The Merchant of Venice (Act 4, Scene I).  Portia, the play’s heroine, […]

Pic of the Week – The Digital Commons at the D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Library

We enjoy bringing you photos of the unique libraries, ancient and modern, that we encounter during our travels. In celebration of this year’s National Library Week theme, “lives change @ your library,”  we bring you photos of a unique library close to home. Since the inception of the personal computer and the rise of the internet, public […]