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Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – Pic of the Week

Following Wednesday’s Law Day program, we were fortunate to have the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, handwritten by President Abraham Lincoln, on display at the close of the program. The draft proclamation, which was first read by President Lincoln to his cabinet on July 22, 1862, is rarely displayed.  The remarkable document features President Lincoln’s […]

Law Librarians and Immortal Glory – Pic of the Week

“Tanta enim copia est Librorum Iuris, ut difficile omnino sit viam juris prudentiae ingredienti seligere quos in quavis parte sequator doctores.” (Burkhard Gotthelf Struve, Bibliotheca Iuris Selecta) “For so great is the abundance of lawbooks that it is altogether difficult for the beginning student of jurisprudence to select authoritative authors on the area of his […]

St. Augustine Lighthouse – Pic of the Week

While climbing the spiral staircase of the St. Augustine Lighthouse during a family trip to Florida, I discovered its designer was Paul F. Pelz, also the architect of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  The plaque features Pelz’s work, and many stop to read it because they need a break after climbing a total of 219 […]

A Visit to the National Library of Azerbaijan in Baku – Pic of the Week

This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian and a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis.  She is the co-author of the blog post Being Well-Informed: Congress.gov Training and her recent posts include Happy Belated Birthday, Title IX, and Civil War Military Trials. I was fortunate to visit the National Library of Azerbaijan in Baku […]

Our New Resources and Services Handout – Pic of the Week

We are proud to introduce our newly designed resources and services handout.  The handout provides streamlined resources and services information in a crisp layout.  You will find contact information for help with U.S., foreign and comparative law research in addition to URLs and descriptions of our various online offerings.  The PDF version includes embedded links for quick […]

Signatures, Subscription Lists and Printing for the First U.S. Congress – Pic of the Week

Today’s pic of the week highlights an item from our collection that finds itself in the spotlight very often, whether as part of a display in one of the Library of Congress’s many fascinating public exhibitions, or as a quasi-sacred book in the swearing-in ceremony of public officials. It is also one of my favorite […]