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500 Year Anniversary of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516 (“Reinheitsgebot”)

On April 23, 2016, breweries all over Germany and particularly in the Free State of Bavaria will celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the enactment of the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (beer purity law); a regulation that mandates which ingredients are allowed for the brewing of beer. The Reinheitsgebot is one of the oldest food regulations in […]

An Interview with Endia Sowers Paige, Legal Reference Librarian

This week’s interview is with Endia Sowers Paige, a legal reference librarian with the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background I am from South Carolina, but I grew up living in several places including North Carolina, Michigan and Germany. I spent childhood summers at my grandmother’s house in rural […]

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 […]