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Meet govinfo, GPO’s Next Generation of Access to Federal Government Information

The following is a guest post by Christine McMahon and Amanda Colvin, Office of Programs, Strategy, and Technology, Government Publishing Office.   On February 3, 2016, the Government Publishing Office launched www.govinfo.gov, a beta website that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys) public website. FDsys, and now govinfo, provide free public access to hundreds […]

Animals on Trial: Formal Legal Proceedings, Criminal Acts, and Torts of Animals

Trial of a Sow and Pigs at Lavegny, from The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography, & History, Curiosities of Literature and Oddities of Human Life and Character, ed. Robert Chambers, 1879. https://archive.org/stream/b22650477_0001#page/128/mode/2up At present, one of the projects that I am working on involves […]

On This Day: USO Founded 75 Years Ago

Today, February 4, marks the 75th anniversary of the 1941 founding of the United Service Organizations (USO). General George C. Marshall first suggested and President Franklin D. Roosevelt recommended that civilian, public service organizations form the United Service Organizations to provide recreation for on-leave members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families in 1941. […]

An Interview with Anna Bryan, Rare Book Cataloger

This week’s interview is with Anna Bryan, cataloger in the Rare Materials Section, U.S./Anglo Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access at the Library of Congress. Describe your background. I am one of those rare DC natives, born at George Washington University Hospital, lived on a farm in Oxon Hill, then moved to Hyattsville when I was 7. […]

Virginia Dynasty: James Monroe

Our final president is James Monroe. He follows George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison and completes the Virginia Dynasty.   James Monroe was born in 1758 in the Northern Neck of Virginia, near the area where George Washington was born.  Today, nothing remains of the house, but the land is a park with several […]