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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 […]

Courtroom Sketches

Though courtroom drawings in the United States reportedly go back to the Salem Witch Trials, the idea of sketch artists in the courtroom has fluctuated in popularity within the judicial branch, at times tolerated, at other times banned, from the proceedings. Courtroom artists are in no way affiliated with the legal system. They are usually […]

The Rehabilitation of Dante Alighieri, Seven Centuries Later

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress. Dante has contributed a number of In Custodia Legis blog posts, including on Resources and Treasures of the Italian Parliamentary Libraries,  Legislation Protecting Italian Cultural Heritage, and Proposed Anti-Sect Legislation in Italy: An Ongoing Debate. On December […]

Happy International Day of Human Space Flight!

Today, the United Nations commemorates the 55th anniversary of First Human Space Flight.  On April 12, 1961, the first human went to space.  The UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution on April 7, 2011 for the International Day of Human Space Flight. This date serves as an opportunity to reaffirm the “important contribution of space science […]

An Interview with Hector Morey, African Section Head in the African, Latin America and Western European Division

The following is an interview with Hector Morey, head of the African Section in the African, Latin American and Western European Division, Library of Congress. Describe your background. I am originally from Puerto Rico, where I also went to college with the plan to study psychology and earn a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. After […]

World Health Day

This is a guest post by Constance Johnson, a senior legal research analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Constance has previously written on Water Rights on Star Island, Law Relating to Refugee Rights – Global Legal Collection Highlights, and most recently on her summer vacation on Star Island. April 7, 2016, is World Health […]

Congress.gov Spring Cleaning: Expanded Quick Search

Over the last several months, we have added a variety of enhancements to Congress.gov.  It began with the Communications in October, the Congressional Record Index in December, and the XML Bulk Data via GPO in February.  Today’s update focuses on expanding Quick Search on Congress.gov. When the Quick Search on Congress.gov first launched in December 2015, […]