The following is a guest post by Brian Kuhagen, now the law serials cataloger in the Collection Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Brian mostly works on classifying older serial titles in our foreign law collections.
Norwegian Constitution – Photograph by Brian Kuhagen
In mid-December, I traveled to Oslo for the holiday season. While there, I was able to take a tour of the Norwegian Parliament, which included a special display of the Norwegian Constitution.
The constitution was on display because 2014 was the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution, as Elin Hofverberg wrote about in an earlier blog post. The picture above is of the first two signature pages of the original 1814 constitution.
If you want to get a closer look at the signatures, wax seals, or simply want to practice your Norwegian by reading the constitution, the Norwegian Parliament has posted a high quality scan of the original 1814 constitution.
This week I had the pleasure of attending a gallery talk on “Military Authority and the Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” which was given by Robert Brammer of the Law Library and Eiichi Ito from the Library of Congress Asian Division. This gallery talk was one of several that have been given […]
In Custodia Legis will be on break for the upcoming holidays – Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26 (a holiday by executive order). We will be back next week – except on Thursday, January 1 – with some end-of-the-year posts! Just last week, the Library of Congress set up its annual holiday […]
If you are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the Magna Carta exhibition, may I suggest another stop on your itinerary? You’ve heard the phrase “hidden gem,” but the object I am sharing with you today truly takes that term to a new level. It is a Magna Carta replica tucked into the […]
One of the keepsakes given at the Library of Congress’s pre-inaugural black-tie gala for the ongoing Magna Carta exhibition was the commemorative coin depicted below. The coin’s obverse shows the name of the exhibition, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor. Its reverse shows a reproduction of a medallion that appears on the title page of a 1774 imprint of […]
On Wednesday, I gave a gallery talk for the Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor Exhibition. I focused the talk around King John and his rapacious habits as a ruler: demanding extraordinary fees from his feudal vassals, seizing hostages, and losing battles. I also included some information on the Constitutions of Clarendon (more on that in […]
Nathan Dorn, curator of Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor, recently gave a gallery talk that highlighted key items from the exhibition. Nathan discussed the cornerstone of the exhibition, the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta. He spoke about its physical condition, the history of its birth at Runnymede, England and its significance through the ages. There […]
Yesterday via In Custodia Legis, we announced the opening of the Library of Congress exhibition, “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.” To celebrate the upcoming 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the exhibition’s opening, a ceremony took place in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building. HRH The Princess Royal Princess Anne; British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott; other British […]
For those of you who follow our @LawLibCongress Twitter account, you may already be aware that most everything has been removed from our Reading Room. Robert and I tweeted many pictures as books and shelves left, using the hashtag #ReadingRoomRedo. The Law Library has a temporary Reading Room set up on the ground floor of […]
I have to admit that, at the end of September, it was difficult for me to think about anything besides baseball. The Nationals were first in their Division (no comments from Giants fans, please) and, at the last game of the season, I saw my first no-hitter. Being thus preoccupied I, figured I had to […]