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Serial Set Volumes from the 69th Congress Recently Published on Law.gov

The Law Library of Congress and the Government Publishing Office continue to collaborate on the digitization of the United States Congressional Serial Set. The Digital Resources Division is excited to share an update on the project. This fall, the volumes of the Serial Set from the 69th Congress will be publicly accessible through both the Law […]

New Video – Recent Enhancements to Congress.gov

Congress.gov is constantly improving. We do releases approximately every three weeks to enhance the website and incorporate user feedback. There is a great new video highlighting 10 recent enhancements inspired by feedback. Watch the video below to learn what is new to the site and visit our Congress.gov Enhancement Timeline for more details. In addition […]

Celebrate the Newest Release of Herencia Documents by Participating in our Transcribe-a-thon!

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the release of Phase 3 of our crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents, the Law Library of Congress will be hosting another entirely virtual transcribe-a-thon from today, Monday, September 27, through Friday, October 1. This event is in collaboration with By the People and the Hispanic Reading Room of […]

Upcoming US Law Webinars – October 2021

Next month, the Law Library of Congress will present a webinar on researching federal case law. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about historic American legal traditions, how to use print and online resources to find court decisions, and researching court materials, including dockets and filings, to name just a few subjects. Also in […]

Lappkodicillen of 1751 – the Sami Magna Carta

This year marks the 270th anniversary of the Lapp Codicil of 1751 (Lappkodicillen), a document equally relevant to Sami cross-border relations in Sweden and Norway today as it was in 1751. On September 21, 1751, the Strömstad Treaty between Norway (Denmark) and Sweden (including Finland) was signed. Norway was then a part of Denmark and in an addendum […]

Can you Legally Import a Toucan? No, you Probably Cannot

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 numerous topics, including Technology & the Law of Corporate Responsibility – The Impact of Blockchain, 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Day – […]

Smuggling French Hats into 17th Century Spain: Worth a Fight?

The following is a guest post by Samantha Mendoza, who served as a summer 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. In present day, it is not uncommon to hear news of attempts to smuggle items across national borders. This can […]

The Legal History of Pigeons

The following is a guest post by Annie Ross, an intern with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. She is a current student of political science and international studies at Northwestern University. The pigeon is often thought of as nothing more than a city pest. Given their penchant for carrying germs […]