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The Battle of Greasy Grass

The Battle of Greasy Grass, June 25-26, 1876, also known as The Battle of Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand, marks a great victory for the Oceti Sakowin people. The battle’s roots started with the Report on the Condition of the Indian Tribes (1867); after the report was issued, “the  United States government set out […]

From (and Before) the Serial Set: Collecting the American State Papers

Congressional documents preceding the Serial Set from 1789 to 1817 became the American State Papers. However, these documents were not collected and published until the 1830s, when “[t]he volumes of Congressional documents, [sic] [became] too numerous for easy reference, and we (Congress) [found] a great difficulty in keeping our (the) series perfect.” (H. Doc. no. 35, […]

Join Us on June 30 for the FDLP Academy Webinar on Law Library Digital Collections

The Law Library of Congress is engaging in rapid digitization of many rare collection materials and historical U.S. Government documents, as well as its collection of original research on foreign, comparative, and international law topics for Congress and federal agencies. Staff from the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress look forward to […]

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 […]

From the Serial Set: Congress and the Territories

The following is a guest post by Bailey DeSimone, a library technician (metadata) in the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. Her ongoing blog series, From the Serial Set, shares discoveries from the Law Library’s Serial Set Digitization Project. The House Committee on Territories was formed in 1825 during the 1st Session of the 19th […]

Teddy Roosevelt, Naturalist and Public Intellectual

The following is a guest post by Alexander Salopek, a collection development specialist in Collection Services Division. While at home due to the current circumstances, I have found myself deeply missing the Library’s collections; something close to my heart. Thankfully, I was able to work with the collections through the By the People project. By […]

From the Serial Set: “Memorials” and an International Copyright Law?

The following is a guest post by Bailey DeSimone, a library technician (metadata) in the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. “Memorials,” or requests “that the Congress take some action, or refrain from taking certain action,” are housed throughout the United States Congressional Serial Set. These documents provide insight into the communication between citizens – […]

New Shelving Evokes Old Memories

We are now two-thirds through having the Law Library’s shelving replaced in the second of four quadrants in our closed stacks. The new shelving is lighter, easier to move and conforms to current safety standards for spacing between shelves. And it’s making shelving and retrieval much easier for staff and contractors. As I walked through […]