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Law Library Story Map Collection Begins

The Digital Resources Division is proud to introduce the first two Story Maps highlighting our collections. These Story Maps are a preview to the information contained in the United States Congressional Serial Set, which the Law Library continues to prepare for digitization.

City Sketches and the Census highlights the 1880 Census Office report, published in Serial Set volume number 2149. Containing maps and historical profiles, many major cities were outlined, including Washington, D.C. Scroll through the Story Map to browse featured cities as they were described in the report, along with an interactive map of population statistics.

Screenshot of City Sketches and the Census cover page.

The City of Washington: From the Serial Set tracks the history of the District of Columbia through photographs, maps, and images of the Serial Set. Various histories of national landmarks and federal buildings in D.C. are tracked throughout the Serial Set volumes. This Story Map also contains an interactive map that compares Serial Set images of these sites with contemporary photos.

Screenshot of The City of Washington cover page.

Both Story Maps connect legislative documents to the digital image collections across the Library to tell visual stories of United States history. The Law Library looks forward to publishing more Story Maps in the New Year. We hope you enjoy these Story Maps as introductions to our digital legal collections.

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top 20 in 2020

Earlier this month, Margaret shared the enhancements to the Congress.gov Help Center and additional Congresses added to our Bound Congressional Record collection. One of the behind-the-scenes items that we worked on for the latest release was to prepare Congress.gov for the new 117th Congress. We also have been working to make our saved search alerts […]

A Holiday Message from Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez

This is a guest post by Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and Law Librarian of Congress Jane Sánchez. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your unwavering support of the Law Library of Congress during this challenging year. We faced incredible obstacles and sudden transitions this year. Through it […]

Memorial Hall – Pic of the Week

This pic of the week features the Madison Building, which is part of the of the Washington, D.C., campus of the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building is known for its palatial design, but the Madison Building has its charms, too. You can learn more about each of these buildings by taking an online tour. […]

It’s Bananas: The Role of “Banana-gate” as a Contributing Factor to the Passing of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977

The following is a guest post by Steven Hughston Vasil, a 2020 summer intern working remotely with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. He is a current graduate student pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. On December 19, 1977, President Jimmy […]

Hidden Treasures of the Law Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress is known for being the world’s largest law library, with a collection of over 2.9 million volumes spanning the ages and covering virtually every jurisdiction in the world. Its collection encompasses the largest and most comprehensive legal collection in the world. Our reading room contains legal treatises by subject, annotated […]

New Report Analyzes Israel’s Regulation of COVID-19 Digital Contact Tracing

After having relative success in curtailing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the first phase of the pandemic, Israel experienced a rise in the number of diagnosed patients, resulting in a second countrywide lockdown. Restrictions have been gradually lifted since the end of October 2020, but the number of cases has been increasing. As […]