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The Constitution of the Colony of Maryland in Liberia

Last September, Betty came across our copy of Constitution and laws of Maryland in Liberia, which needed full cataloging. We knew then that we wanted to talk about this founding document of one of the older democratic governments in Africa. Liberia’s roots extend back to 1821, when former enslaved persons and free-born Blacks first founded […]

An Interview with Aranza Obscura, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Aranza Obscura, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I was born in Mexico City and grew up in a border town called Laredo in South Texas. Being steeped in both Mexican and American values allowed me […]

Join Us for a New Lunch and Learn Webinar – Federal Legislative History Research

One of the topics reference librarians get asked about most frequently at the Law Library of Congress is how to find debates, hearings, reports, and other documents that may reflect legislative intent regarding a bill as it moves through Congress. Thus, by popular request, the next entry in the new Lunch and Learn series offered […]

What’s new in Congress.gov? Spring 2021 Edition

Most of our Congress.gov posts focus on the enhancements which are part of our three week sprint cycles by which we release new material and upgrades to Congress.gov. However, sometimes I like to take a longer look back at the work we have done and provide a bigger snapshot of the Congress.gov enhancements. At the […]

An Interview with Emily Hausheer, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Emily Hausheer, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. She will be a panelist in our upcoming Lunch & Learn Webinar: A Conversation with the Herencia Crowdsourcing Interns.  Describe your background I grew up in a small town in Central New Jersey. […]

Facebook’s New “Supreme Court” – The Oversight Board and International Human Rights Law

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Boomer, an international law consultant in the Global Legal Research Directorate. Elizabeth has previously written for In Custodia Legis on Technology & the Law of Corporate Responsibility – The Impact of Blockchain, 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and United Nations […]

History of the United States Farm Bill

The following is a guest post by Sidonie Devarenne, an intern with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. She is a current student of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington. Though the farm bill has a tremendous impact on the everyday lives of American citizens, many people may […]

An Interview with Eliza Friend, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Eliza Friend, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background: I am currently a freshman at Claremont McKenna College pursuing a degree in international relations and economics. I have lived all over the United States, but I am […]