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 / 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 / Photograph by Andrew Weber
Today’s pic of the week celebrates Earth Day. We pass this globe every day and it reminds us of our global collection and staff, but today we honor the globe for the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Today, it is also fitting for us to remember Henry Diamond who passed away February 21st. Mr. Diamond […]
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 […]
This is simply the most beautiful season on the Hill. Enjoy the beauty of the Library of Congress buildings in spring —
During a recent blog team meeting, the fire alarm went off causing the bloggers to cut short the meeting and quickly leave the building. But our bloggers are a determined group and the meeting picked back up again outside once we regrouped. It also provided a nice backdrop to highlight and thank Patrick. He is […]
During my time as a docent for our Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor exhibition, I noticed various names on the coffered ceiling of the South Gallery where the exhibition was housed. I was puzzled as to who these persons were until I saw Josiah Bartlett‘s name. Thanks to my years of watching The West Wing, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]