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).
I was very excited to see yesterday’s announcement of the Fastcase 50. My next door neighbor at work and fellow In Custodia Legis blogger, Tina Gheen, made the list! The Fastcase 50 honors “the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” Tina did an excellent job this year organizing the two […]
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 […]
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 rare materials from the Library’s rich collections to tell the story of 800 years of its influence on the history of political liberty. Using your search engine of choice, do a […]
“…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 […]
As an adult, I still enjoy reading children’s books. Indeed, now that I am an adult, I probably read more children’s books than I did as a kid–when I was trying to persuade the authorities to let me read adult biographies of the Tudor monarchs. One of the reasons I enjoy reading children’s books so much is […]
Living in Washington, D.C., it can be easy to take for granted the monuments that people come across the nation and around the globe to visit. Recently, the reopening of the Washington Monument has been big news here in D.C. It had been closed for repairs since the earthquake in August 2011 (there was another small […]
The proximity of wonderful buildings here on Capitol Hill is amazing. I feel truly lucky to work so close to them. Walking the area provides a glimpse of just how close some of these beautiful buildings are. I was in front of the Capitol Building this week and took this picture of the Jefferson Building […]
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, […]
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 […]