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An Interview with Anna Bryan, Rare Book Cataloger

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

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. …

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James Joyce, Ulysses and the Meaning of Obscenity

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

Most fans of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses celebrate the day of the novel’s action, June 16, also known as Bloomsday. I knew a Joyce specialist who used to honor the day by eating a gorgonzola sandwich on white bread with a glass of burgundy—he said he couldn’t face the grilled mutton kidneys. Fans of the …

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Virginia Dynasty: James Monroe

Posted by: Jennifer González

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 …

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Pepperdine University School of Law—Pic of the Week

Posted by: Liah Caravalho

The remnants of snow from the colossal Washington, DC snow storm did not hinder Malibu law students from Pepperdine University School of Law from visiting the Law Library on Thursday, January 28. The law students, who are participants in the law school’s Washington, DC, Externship Semester program, visited the Law Library to receive Congress.gov research …

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The Law Library Marks Human Rights Day with a Discussion on Islamic Law Reform

Posted by: Liah Caravalho

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously contributed posts on Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Sedition Law in India, and FALQ posts on Beef Bans in India, Proposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, …

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Murder as Statecraft

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter specializes in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He has written a number of posts on topics related to countries in that region, including posts on Christmas, Soviet Style; Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in Ukraine, …

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Virginia Dynasty: Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Jennifer González

Thomas Jefferson is featured in this third blog post about the Virginia Dynasty, following posts on two other renowned Virginians–James Madison and George Washington.   Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell,Virginia in 1743 to Peter Jefferson and Jane Randolph.  From his successful and wealthy parents, Thomas inherited considerable property and began building Monticello when he was 26 years …

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Listmakers and the Law in Renaissance Europe

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

In Custodia Legis has featured a couple of posts on the bibliography of early law books, both here and here. In this post, I want to look at the beginning of legal bibliography in order to highlight some of the earliest examples of that craft and the people responsible for its creation. The invention of the …