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The Black Diamond – Pic of the Week

Those of us who work at the Library of Congress tend to love libraries.  When traveling, it is fun to explore new library spaces.

I recently had the opportunity to visit The Black Diamond, an extension of The Royal Danish Library.  It is an iconic library building on the waterfront in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Royal Danish Library, The Black Diamond / Photo by Andrew Weber

Looking up inside The Black Diamond / Photo by Andrew Weber

Looking down and out The Black Diamond / Photo by Andrew Weber

If you are interested in seeing more of this extension, which was added in 1999, there is a virtual tour of the building.

And if you’d like to learn more about Denmark, there are a variety of posts on In Custodia Legis including Danish Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights and articles in the Global Legal Monitor.

View of The Black Diamond from a distance / Photo by Andrew Weber

Rhode Island Declares Independence – Pic of the Week

Happy Independence Day (if you live in Rhode Island)! On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island became the first territory to renounce its allegiance to Great Britain and King George III. On this day, the general assembly passed an act, declaring Rhode Island and Providence Plantations an independent state. Providence Plantations refers to the first permanent European […]

Courthouse in “Old Town” Alexandria, VA – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Catharina Schmidt, a foreign law intern working in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. The courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia is located at 520 King Street in Alexandria’s historic district known as “Old Town”. The building accommodates not one but three courts: The Alexandria General […]

Pic of the Week – Sports, Law, and Tradition in Hats

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter has previously written for In Custodia Legis on a number of topics related to Russia and the former Soviet Union. These include posts on Assassinations of Russian Ambassadors, A Spring Holiday for Workers, the Soviet Investigation of […]

The Pyramid of Niches in an 18th Century Legal Gazette

Today, February 5th, is the 101st anniversary of the Mexican Constitution of 1917.  As I have covered the history of the Mexican constitution before, I would like to observe this holiday with another Mexican matter. I have been working on a digitization proposal, and–as I was drafting the narrative and compiling the details for it–I chanced upon this […]

The French National Library – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist covering French speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. I recently went back to Paris for a few days and took that opportunity to visit the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), the French national library.  Specifically, I went to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand […]

Charles Brent Curtis, first Native American Congressional member

Yesterday, January 25, was the birthday of Charles Brent Curtis, first Native American congressional representative, senator, and the first and only Native American Vice President. Born in 1860 in Kansas to a Kanza mother and a European American father, he was a registered member of the Kaw Nation and was also part Osage and Potawatomi.  […]

Alameda County Courthouse, Oakland, CA – Pic of the Week

On my recent trip to Oakland, CA—where the temperatures were much more pleasant than in freezing Washington, D.C.—I took a walk around the beautiful Lake Merritt. Protected under the California Wildlife Act of 1870, Lake Merritt is the oldest designated wildlife refuge in the United States. Across the water, you can see the Alameda County Courthouse, which is one of […]