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New Acquisition: 1794 Sea Letter Signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

In recent posts, I have pointed out that while the Law Library’s rare books collection is in principle a collection of printed books, we sometimes have the good fortune to acquire unique documents created by important Americans in the course of their public careers. One example of these was a document signed by two 17th-century […]

Congress.gov April 2022 New, Tip, and Top

Last month Margaret shared our enhancements and also provided some insights from a few Congress.gov staff on what they do for the website. This month we continue to make it easier for you to track what your members are sponsoring and cosponsoring on Congress.gov. When you put in your address to search for your members, […]

Patented Device Aimed to Make it Easier to Obtain Criminal Confessions – Pic of the Week

After a suspect is arrested, obtaining a conviction is easier if they provide a full, uncoerced confession after being read their Miranda rights. That brings us to our picture of the week, which comes to us from the Patent Database. The idea behind this talking skeleton was that it would help law enforcement obtain a […]

New Report on the Legal Framework for Nuclear Technology and Information in the United Kingdom and Australia

The following is a guest post by Clare Feikert-Ahalt, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress covering the United Kingdom and several other jurisdictions. Clare has written numerous posts for In Custodia Legis, including Revealing the Presences of Ghosts; Weird Laws, or Urban Legends?; FALQs: Brexit Referendum; and  100 Years of “Poppy Day” in the United Kingdom.  The Law […]

National Library Week – These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

We celebrate many commemorative days, weeks, and holidays at the Law Library of Congress, from Public Service Recognition Week to Constitution Day. One week that is particularly dear to our hearts is National Library Week. Each April, libraries across America celebrate the important work of libraries and librarians, and the countless ways in which they […]

The Fairfax Stone

The Fairfax Stone is the boundary stone of the Northern Neck Proprietary in Virginia, marking the lands of Thomas Fairfax, sixth Baron Fairfax of Cameron. His mother’s family left him the land; one-sixth of his land was left to him by his grandmother, and five-sixths by his mother, Lady Katherine Culpeper Fairfax, who was the […]

Nordic Cooperation – 60 Years Since the Signing of the Helsinki Treaty of 1962

On March 23, 1962, the Helsinki Treaty on Nordic cooperation was signed by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, a date that has become known and celebrated as “Nordic Day.” The treaty legally entered into force on July 1, 1962. The Treaty formalized the longstanding Nordic collaboration and in particular the role of the Nordic […]