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Now and Then: The Law Library of Congress circa 1935 – Pic of the Week

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The following is a guest post by Donna Sokol, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress

For an upcoming installation of the Glimpse of Law series, I was researching the Jefferson Building’s northeast pavilion.  It turns out that the Law Library’s offices used to be housed in that very pavilion, also called the Pavilion of Seals.  The  photo below shows the Law Library circa 1935 against the space as it is currently configured (that is, empty).  The Pavilion of the Seals is now mainly used for special events.

The Law Library staff would have been able to witness the construction of the Supreme Court just outside the north windows, to the left of the photo (when not covered by those roller blinds).

The Law Library’s administrative offices were once located in the northeast pavilion of the Jefferson Building. Photo from 1935 sourced from Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-108258 (link in text above).


  1. Would you scan the black-and-white photo and post it? It’s small enough that I cannot see the difference.

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