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 […]

Limpieza de Sangre: Legal Applications of the Spanish Doctrine of “Blood Purity”

The following is a guest post by Meghan Berry, 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. One of the thrills of working on the Herencia document collection is the possibility of stumbling across an especially dramatic […]

The Royal Order of October 1749 and the Historic Consequences of the Great Roma Round-up

The following is a guest post by Jacklyn van der Colff, 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. Note: this post uses a racial pejorative as it originally appears in the collection item record as well […]

Who’s to Blame for Lost Silver and Gold? Laments of Financial Troubles in Spain 1588

The following is a guest post by Ashley Gonzalez, 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. Herencia! What curious snapshots of history lie within your depths? As a summer 2021 intern, I had the exciting opportunity […]

Criminals and Coins: Understanding 17th Century Spanish Economy through Counterfeit Currency

The following is a guest post by Nina Perdomo, 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. During my time working with the Herencia collection, I have come across a variety of interesting documents. One that has […]

An Exploration of the Herencia Collection: Nuptial Agreements in Medieval Catalonia

The following is a guest post by Lourdes Johnson, who served as a spring 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. For the last five years, I have worked for public and school libraries as a library page, library assistant, and […]

Herencia: Church and State in 18th Century Spain

The following is a guest post by Eliza Friend, who served as a spring 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. As I have completed the Herencia Crowdsourcing Campaign Internship and reviewed documents that span a variety of subjects and languages, a […]

Vagabonds in the Kingdom: 18th Century Spanish Social Assistance and Anti-Idleness Policy

The following is a guest post by Jake Neuberger, who served as a spring 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. The Herencia collection contains various documents that shed light onto political, economic, and socio-cultural themes in Spain throughout the 15th […]

Our Interns’ Favorite Collection Items from Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents

As part of the anniversary celebration of Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents, we recruited seven remote interns to transcribe, review, and conduct research on this unique collection of materials from the 15th to 19th centuries. If you want to learn more about this remarkable group of undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals, who are the […]

Join Us for Our Second All-Virtual Herencia Transcribe-a-thon on October 7th!

[Click here for the Spanish version of this post/Haz clic aquí para la versión en español.] In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the release of Phase 2 of our crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia, Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents, the Law Library of Congress will be hosting another entirely virtual Transcribe-a-thon on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  This event is in […]