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Rare Book Video – The Trial of Captain William Kidd for Murder and Piracy

The third installment of our Rare Book Video series focuses on an item that is included as an entry in our Piracy Trials collection on Law.gov–The Arraignment, tryal, and condemnation of Captain William Kidd, for murther and piracy, upon six several indictments, at the Admiralty-Sessions, held by His Majesty’s commission at the Old-Baily, on Thursday the 8th. and Friday the 9th. of May, 1701. Researchers can find publication information for this piracy trial in the Library of Congress catalog.

Those readers who were able to attend the “Trials in History” presentation at the 18th Annual National Book Festival might recognize this item, as this video is adapted from the “Captain William Kidd” section of that presentation.

Please leave a comment if there are other items in our rare book vault that you would like to see featured in a video.

The United States Congressional Web Archive now includes content for the 113th and 114th Congresses.

The Library of Congress Web Archiving Program is dedicated to providing reliable access to historical web content from the legislative branch. To that end, the Library has just released an update to the United States Congressional Web Archive. The archive, which includes member sites from the House and Senate, as well as House and Senate Committee websites, […]

National Transportation Safety Board Documents Digitized

The Law Library of Congress has digitized a collection of National Transportation Safety Board decisions, orders, and petitions. The years of the decisions span from 1973-1982, with the majority falling between 1977 and 1981. Other decisions can be found on the N.T.S.B.’s Document Management System. The National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) conducts independent accident investigations […]

Rare Book Video – The Trial of Rep. Daniel Sickles for Shooting Philip Barton Key

Today, we return to the Law Library’s vault to explore our collection of rare books and manuscripts. The second installment in our series of rare book videos features the illustrated trial of Rep. Daniel Sickles for shooting Philip Barton Key II, a trial that is often referred to as the trial of the century for the 19th century. […]

Human Rights Day Panel: Repatriating Native American Cultural Property and Remains

On Monday, December 10th, 2018, the Law Library of Congress invites you to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a panel discussion, “Repatriating Native American Cultural Property and Remains.” Repatriation is the process whereby specific kinds of American Indian cultural items in a museum collection are […]

Rare Book Video – George Washington’s Copy of the Acts of the First Session of the First Congress under the Federal Constitution of 1789

This video is the first in a series that will take you inside the Law Library’s vault to explore our collection of rare books and manuscripts. The first installment features a Law Library favorite, George Washington’s copy of the Acts of the First Session of the First Congress under the Federal Constitution. Please leave a comment if […]

Open For Business: National Entrepreneur’s Day On the Shelf

National Entrepreneur’s Day is a commemorative day to encourage innovative business people creating new jobs and economic growth in the United States. Today’s holiday was created by presidential proclamation and first celebrated in November 2010; an enthusiastic startup lobbied for the day.  As the commemoration falls right before Small Business Saturday, the timing could not […]

40 Years of ICWA

November 8 was the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act [25 U.S.C. Section 1901-1963], also known as ICWA. Throughout the late 1800s and 1900s, indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and sent to Indian boarding schools, either via provisions in treaties or by other methods. By the 1960s and 1970s, indigenous […]

The Law Library of Congress commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I

This post is coauthored by Jim Martin, senior legal information analyst, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. The Law Library of Congress would like to take the opportunity to remember the sacrifices of our brave veterans who proudly served the cause of freedom over a century ago in World War I. The Law Library invites you to […]

Pic of the Week – A Look inside the Public Vault at the Congressional Cemetery

A shared fascination with Washington D.C.’s history draws people from across the world to visit the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court and the District’s many museums. One site that visitors frequently overlook is the final resting place of many of the authors of Washington’s early history, the […]