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The Myriopticon, A Historical Panorama of the Rebellion

This post is coauthored by Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. Our latest video comes to you from the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room of the Library of Congress. To help us commemorate the Appomattox Campaign that took place 152 years ago and concluded on April 9, 1865 with Robert E. Lee’s […]

Pic of the Week: Interns Spend Spring Break in D.C.

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of welcoming three interns from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to Washington, D.C. on their spring break.  They are graduate students pursuing a master of science degree in library and information science. These future librarians have been volunteering remotely on several different metadata projects of the Law Library […]

James Madison Birthday Commemoration—Pics of the Week

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Law Library of Congress and the Library Manuscript Division commemorated James Madison’s 266th birthday. The event was held in the James Madison Memorial Building, which is the United States’ official memorial to the fourth president. The Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez, spoke about James Madison’s contributions to the […]

Statue of Liberty – Pics of the Week

My colleague Andrew recently showed me photographs of his trip to New York City earlier this year. The trip included a visit to the Statue of Liberty.  Looking at these photographs, I was reminded of the public celebrations for the Statue’s centenary in 1986.  Back then, I was living in New York City, had participated in […]

The First Mention of the Jewish Ghetto of Venice in English – Pic of the Week

The first English language publication to mention the Jewish Ghetto of Venice was a travelogue that appeared in 1611 under the unlikely title Crudities. Below is an image of that edition’s title page: The central text on the page reads: “Coryats Crudities: hastily gobled up in five moneths trauells in France, Sauoy, Italy, Rhetia com[m]only called […]

Your Place for Supreme Court Records & Briefs – Pic of the Week

Today’s Pic of the Week features our collection of Supreme Court Records and Briefs. As I was showing off our closed stacks collection to the Law Library’s two newest reference librarians, Latia Ward and Janeen Williams, it struck me that this vast collection might make for an interesting blog post. Debbie Keysor, now Chief of […]

Bookends — Pic of the Week

I work in a building on an opposite corner from the United States Capitol Building. The Capitol Building is truly a beautiful and monumental structure; a place where many of the civic events of our national government, such as the recent inauguration are held. It so happens that I have two pieces of the Capitol […]

Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh – Pic of the Week

During a recent vacation in Scotland I took several treks along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. On one such walk, in the darkness of the late afternoon, I snapped a picture of Advocate’s Close and the plaque that provides brief information about it. All along the Royal Mile there are narrow alleyways called “closes,” […]

Düsseldorf, Germany Courthouse— Pic of the Week

On my recent visit to Düsseldorf, Germany, I could not stop my nerdy lawyer self from visiting the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf (Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf). The Administrative Court in Düsseldorf is the court of first instance in administrative matters and handles all kinds of non-constitutional public law matters. Examples include disputes over building permits, access to public institutions and […]