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An Interview with Louis Myers, Librarian-in-Residence at the Law Library of Congress

Today’s interview is with Louis Myers, the current Librarian-in-Residence at the Law Library of Congress. Louis has recently authored blog posts for In Custodia Legis, including Research Guides in Focus – Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide and Research Guides in Focus – Neighbor Law: A Beginner’s Guide. Describe your background. I am originally from Akron, […]

From the Serial Set: Citizenship and Suffrage for Native Americans

Welcome to the final installment of suffrage stories from the Serial Set! Today, we will be looking at the history of Native American citizenship and how voting rights came into play. Despite the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870, Native Americans were not guaranteed citizenship, nor voting rights, under the United States government. Reports from the […]

Newspaper Reports of Duels Fought at the Bladensburg Dueling Ground

We have previously written about dueling, a practice by which gentleman who considered themselves of equal social standing would respond to a serious insult by fighting, sometimes to the death, with pistols. Many of these duels were fought at the Bladensburg Dueling Ground, located just outside the boundaries of Washington, D.C. One of my favorite […]

General James Wilkinson, the Spanish Spy Who was a Senior Officer in the U.S. Army During Four Presidential Administrations

To celebrate National Library Week during this time of social distancing, we encourage you to explore the collections of the Library of Congress online. One of the great things about exploring the collections of the Library of Congress is its ability to surprise you. In that spirit, I wanted to share something I came across […]

The Legal Texts that Created Göta Kanal

My colleague Betty has previously written about the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal built in 1828-1850. Her post inspired me to write about the Göta Kanal in Sweden, which was completed in 1832. It was originally commissioned 210 years ago tomorrow, on April 11, 1810, by a charter (Privilegiebrev) issued by the Swedish King Karl XIII […]

Mary Church Terrell, Suffragist and Civil Rights Activist

Mary Eliza Church Terrell (1863-1954) worked for women’s suffrage and civil rights for African Americans throughout her career, achieving some of her biggest victories at the very end of her long life. Mary Eliza Church was born to well-off parents in Memphis. Her father was supposedly the first African-American millionaire and her mother had a […]

The Size of the United States Supreme Court

On this day in 1837, President Andrew Jackson, in one of his last official acts, signed legislation to expand the size of the Supreme Court of the United States by adding two associate justice positions, increasing its size to a Chief Justice and eight associate justices. The same legislation also increased the number of federal judicial […]