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The State of What?? U.S. States that Never Made the Cut

New Jersey was once “the Two Jerseys” (East and West). Kentucky started out as Virginia’s backyard.  Connecticut once harbored imperial dreams—claiming a Western Reserve that stretched all the way to the banks of the Mississippi. The shapes of our States have a complex and unexpected history.  It’s easy to forget that history owes a debt to […]

An Interview with Candice Townsend, Head of the Reference Section in the CALM Division, Library of Congress

The Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (commonly known as CALM) of the Library of Congress is responsible for “maintaining and serving the [Library’s] General Collections, while ensuring, through appropriate security and preservation measures, that the collection will be available for future generations.”  One of the many functions of CALM is managing interlibrary loans, a […]

Global Legal Monitor: April Highlights

Our ten most popular Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles for April covered various jurisdictions and a wide range of legal issues: citizenship and immigration; the Internet and access to information;  labor and employment; elections; and criminal justice. Here is the list of GLM articles most viewed in April in the order of their popularity: South Korea: Permanent […]

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (aka Cinco de Mayo!) – Pic of the Week

  Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! (And just as everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, everyone is Mexican on Cinco de Mayo.)  This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Mexican forces’ victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862.  (If you’re interested in reading more, see last year’s post, […]

April Retrospective

There is still a lot of interest in the Titanic one hundred years later as Kelly’s post topped In Custodia Legis by a wide margin this month.  It was great to see many of the Library of Congress blogs post on a similar topic.  It demonstrated the breadth of knowledge throughout our wonderful institution.  In […]