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National Archives – Pic of the Week

The National Archives is just a short walk down Capitol Hill and across the National Mall from the Library of Congress.  Currently, if you live in Washington, D.C. or are visiting, there is a very interesting exhibit titled Amending America.

National Archives

National Archives / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Each time I visit the National Archives I learn more about the great institution and new projects they are working on.  The Innovation Hub, for example, provides a space for the public to scan and transcribe documents.  Since my work here at the Library of Congress involves legislative materials, I enjoy browsing the records of the Center for Legislative Archives.  If you are new to researching their collection, they have a helpful Getting Started With Your Research page.

If you happen to be a Member of Congress (thank you for reading In Custodia Legis), they have a page with services specifically for you.

Archives of the United States of America

Archives of the United States of America / Photograph by Andrew Weber

Folger Shakespeare Library: Pic of the Week

T.S. Eliot characterized April as “the cruellest month,” but I would have to disagree.  By April, spring has arrived in Washington (even if we still have a few chilly days).  April is also a month full of celebrations such as National Library Week  and perhaps most importantly William Shakespeare’s birth and death. Shakespeare was a poet […]

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 […]

On This Day: Taft Became the First President Buried in Arlington National Cemetery – Pic of the Week

On March 11, 1930, President William Howard Taft became the first president buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  (Trivia question: How many other presidents have been buried there? See answer below.)  The monument pictured below marks the site. To find his grave, go past the Welcome Center and turn right on Schley Drive. After turning, you will find immediately that there […]

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 […]

Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia — Pic of the Week

In tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia’s life and commitment to the rule of law, this pic of the week features Justice Scalia at the Library’s Magna Carta evening gala. Justice Scalia was a monumental legal thinker, who was known for his deep reverence of the United States Constitution, exuberant personality, and interest in opera. Therefore, it probably does […]