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 not existed since 1993, the Law Library of Congress is probably the best place outside of the Czech Republic and Slovakia (the former Czechoslovakia) to conduct research on the former country’s laws. The legal history of this country can be found in documents preserved by the Library: flyers announcing the attempts to create a new state, legal writings, and other documents, including the very first officially published regulations issued by the government of the newly created Czechoslovakia in 1918.