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A Congress.gov Interview with Elizabeth Mansfield, Legislative Data Analyst

Today’s interview is with Elizabeth Mansfield, a legislative data analyst in the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. Describe your background. I first began working in the information services industry during college as a technical services assistant in my university’s law library. In addition to a library degree, I have an advanced degree […]

A Tour Through Yellowstone: Tracing the Park’s Legislative History on Its 150th Anniversary

Today marks Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary. On March 1, 1872, President Grant signed into law a statute creating Yellowstone, making it America’s first national park. To celebrate this occasion, we have compiled legislative materials related to the park, including 19th century survey reports of the Wyoming Territory, bill texts, debates and votes on the […]

Congress.gov February 2022 New, Tip and Top – Part II

Earlier this month, Andrew blogged about the addition to Congress.gov of the ability to browse House, Senate, and Joint Committee prints. With this release, we have enhanced the Legislative Tracker by adding information about what the Tracker is and providing the user with a direct link to the Legislative Process videos. Enhancements Enhancement – Mobile […]

President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court

This is a guest post by Jason Zarin, a legal reference specialist at the Law Library of Congress. On Friday, February 25, 2022, President Biden nominated federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Judge Jackson is currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

Royal Blood: Exploring Ancestral Claims to Nobility in the Spanish Kingdom

The following is a guest post by Johannah Ball, who served as a fall 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress.  Herencia is a rich collection of Spanish government documents from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Many documents fit into definite […]

Washington Monument in Boonsboro, MD – Pic of the Week

Back in December, I posted a Pic of the Week featuring the lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore. In that post, I mentioned that the monument in Baltimore was the first public monument to honor George Washington, though the monument in Boonsboro, Maryland, was the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of Washington. Today, we […]