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Historical United States Code Now Available Online

The Library of Congress is making available the collection of historical volumes of the United States Code, both main volumes and supplements. The earliest volume was published in 1926 and covers the laws which were in force as of December 7, 1925. The collection continues through the supplements to the 1988 edition. The United States Code […]

Pic of the Week: The Hamburg Municipal Code of 1497

The Law Library of Congress recently had the good fortune to acquire a manuscript of Hamburgisches Stadtrecht von 1497 (The Hamburg Code of Municipal Law). In October 1497, the Senate of Hamburg decided to revise the Hamburg code of law. It proposed that the revision would supersede a number of conflicting state codes that were […]

Worst. Birthday. Ever. Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, United States Territories

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) this September, a survey revealed that only 54% of Americans know that the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Many Americans are also unaware that the USVI are part of the United States. Paradoxically, 2017 was not only the year […]

ADHD Awareness Month, IEPs and 504 Plans

October is ADHD Awareness Month. ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, “is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” ADHD is a complex mental health issue, as all mental health issues are, but this disorder is complicated because there are no physical […]

Parliamentary Protests Filed in the House of Lords from 1641 TO 1799: Acquisition of a Rare Resource Related to American Independence

Through the generosity of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Law Library recently acquired two manuscript volumes of an extraordinarily rare collection of parliamentary protests lodged by Members of the House of Lords during the period from 1641-1799. The Law Library maintains a collection of historic English and early American manuscripts. […]

Federal Courts Web Archive Launched

The following is a guest blog post by Andrew Winston, Senior Legal Reference Librarian at the Law Library of Congress, and Brian Kaviar, an intern at the Law Library of Congress.  The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team and the Law Library of Congress, provides retrospective archival coverage […]

An Interview with Michael Goodson, Collection Services Intern

Today’s interview is with Michael (“Mookie”) Goodson, an intern in the Collection Services Division.  Mookie has the enviable task of conducting preliminary research, identifying U.S. and foreign legal collection items, related to baseball and the law for next year’s Library-wide exhibit: Baseball Americana. Describe your background. I am one of five children (the son of […]

A Little Glimpse at Treaty Research at the Law Library of Congress – International Day of Peace

Yesterday was International Day of Peace and since, historically speaking, peace often meant treaties between various countries, it seemed a good occasion to talk about doing treaty research.  When I began working at the Law Library of Congress over 11 1/2 years ago, I was excited by the variety of questions from patrons.  But there […]