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The Jefferson County, West Virginia Historic Courthouse – Pic of the Week

The Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, West Virginia was the second courthouse constructed in Charles Town, replacing a more modest structure that dated back to 1803. Built in 1836 on land donated by George Washington’s brother, Charles Washington, the courthouse is still in use today. Charles Town was the site of a trial that altered the course of our nation’s history. In […]

Burlamaqui, Leibniz and The Pursuit of Happiness – Pic of the Week

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The political right to pursue happiness is one of the truly unique contributions of the Declaration of Independence.  Today’s pic of […]

The True Portraiture of Judge Littleton – Pic of the Week

At a recent public event, I presented a display of books from the Law Library’s Rare Book Collection including this unusually printed 1591 edition of Littleton’s Tenures.  One of the attractive features of the book is that it contains two very nice engravings that were bound into it ahead of the title page.  The engravings, […]

Blog Team Meeting – Pic of the Week

Have you ever wondered how the In Custodia Legis sausage is made?  Well, you are in luck.  Every month the blog team meets to develop what we call the “editorial calendar.”  The majority of the meeting is usually spent on handing out assignments to bloggers to generate content, including by looking at upcoming events and […]

Stetson University Celebrates 125 Years as a Federal Depository Library – Pic of the Week

This year, Stetson University’s duPont-Ball Library celebrates 125 years as a federal depository library. Stetson became Florida’s first federal depository library in 1887. Federal depository libraries serve a vital role, promoting equality under law by making federal documents accessible to all. Several dignitaries were on hand to help celebrate Stetson’s achievement. Among those in attendance […]

95th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. Last weekend, during my sightseeing in Pittsburgh, I took the below picture.  On this day, May 31, 95 years ago, an agreement to establish a new nation called Czechoslovakia was concluded in Pittsburgh.  As that country has […]