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RSS In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress
  • An Interview with Sophie Higgerson, Junior Fellow June 19, 2019
    Today’s interview is with Sophie Higgerson. Sophie is a Junior Fellow in the Collection Services Division at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew in Vermont and Rhode Island, but went to middle and high school in New Hampshire. Since I moved to Virginia for college, I have found it is easiest […]
    Jennifer Davis
  • Rare Book Video – A Treatise Used to Try Persons Accused of Witchcraft June 18, 2019
    Our latest rare book video features the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th century treatise used to try persons accused of witchcraft.
    Nathan Dorn
  • Congress.gov New, Tip and Top for June 2019 June 17, 2019
    Earlier this month, Margaret shared the news that Congress.gov now has enhanced navigation for member profile pages. With this month’s release, the display for errata associated with committee reports has been enhanced. The Congress.gov glossary defines errata as “lists of errors in congressional publications. The corrections are printed on sheets, or pages. The errata sheets […]
    Robert Brammer
  • Wheatland, the Home of President James Buchanan – Pic of the Week June 10, 2019
    Our picture of the week is Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan. President Buchanan is not rated highly by historians due to his inability to prevent the Southern states from seceding from the Union, but he came to the office with impressive credentials, having served as a lawyer, Secretary of State, Minister to the […]
    Robert Brammer
  • The American Battle Monuments Commission and the Commemoration of America’s D-Day Fallen June 6, 2019
    Today is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy by Allied forces during World War II, usually referred to as D-Day.  The amphibious and airborne invasions secured a beachhead in northwestern France, which allowed for the rapid build up of forces needed to secure France’s liberation. The invasion was part of an overall strategic plan, Operation Overlord, […]
    Jim Martin
  • Introducing Spanish Legal Documents (15th – 19th Centuries): Opinions and Judgments June 5, 2019
    The following is a guest post by Stephen Mayeaux, Legal Information Specialist in the Digital Resources Division at the Law Library of Congress.  The Law Library of Congress is proud to share the first of six subsections that comprise our Spanish Legal Documents collection (also known as the “Hispanic Legal Documents” collection, and often discussed […]
    Geraldine Davila Gonzalez
  • Constitution Day and Election Day in Denmark June 5, 2019
    On this day 170 years ago, the Danish King Frederik VII signed the Danish Constitution of 1849, creating a constitutional monarchy. Thus, today marks Grundlovsdagen (Constitution Day). Although a national and bank holiday, the day is not such a grand affair as Constitution Day of Norway. This year may be different, though, as Denmark holds its […]
    Elin Hofverberg
  • The Centennial Celebration of Woman’s Suffrage Begins June 4, 2019
    The following is a guest post by Colleen Shogan, the Assistant Deputy Librarian of Collections and Services at the Library of Congress. She is also the Library’s designee on the Woman’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. The Library of Congress opens its newest exhibition, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. This […]
    Donna Sokol
  • A Follow-up Interview with Elin Hofverberg, Foreign Law Specialist June 3, 2019
    Our interview series on In Custodia Legis started almost nine years ago with an interview of the then-Law Librarian of Congress, Roberta Shaffer.  We are now approaching 300 interviews.  Today’s interview with Elin marks a first: it is the first time we have completed a follow-up interview.  Elin was originally interviewed in 2011 when she […]
    Andrew Weber
  • Dr. Raphael Lemkin, the Totally Unofficial Man May 31, 2019
    Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jewish international law jurist who lived and taught law in the United States at the end of his life, is famous for coining the word “genocide”. He also worked to make the act of genocide a crime in international law. As a child in rural Poland, Lemkin was fascinated by historical […]
    Jennifer Davis
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Latest News - Library of Congress

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  • Latest News: Joy Harjo Named Poet Laureate June 19, 2019
    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium. Click here for more […]
  • Latest News: New Director of Special Collections June 14, 2019
    Michelle Light, formerly director of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been named director of the Library of Congress Special Collections Directorate. Click here for more information.
  • Latest News: Jane Sánchez Named to Senior Post June 10, 2019
    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Jane Sánchez, the law librarian of Congress, has been named the deputy librarian for Library Collections and Services, effective June 10. Click here for more information.
  • Latest News: Local Teachers in National Program at Library June 10, 2019
    Local educators across the nation have been selected from a pool of more than 280 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institute, part of the Teaching with Primary Sources program. Click here for more information.
  • Latest News: Frances Lee Named Chair in Policymaking June 7, 2019
    The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Frances Lee, Princeton University professor of politics and public affairs, as the inaugural chair in congressional policymaking at the Library. Click here for more information.
  • Latest News: Library Welcomes 2019 Junior Fellows May 31, 2019
    The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program. This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 28 to Aug. 2, includes 32 special projects across divisions of the Library of Congress. The program will expose the Junior Fellows to […]
  • Latest News: Library Acquires Jessye Norman Papers May 17, 2019
    World renowned opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman has donated thousands of items documenting her illustrious 50-year career to the Library of Congress. The acquisition was announced on Thursday evening during a conversation with the celebrated soprano in the Coolidge Auditorium before an enthusiastic crowd. The audience listened to Norman discuss her decades-long career, her […]
  • Latest News: Ricard Ford Awarded Library Prize for Fiction May 16, 2019
    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Richard Ford, author of “Independence Day” – the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award – will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Aug. 31. Click here for more […]
  • Latest News: AP Dispatches Online May 15, 2019
    Historical news reports and breaking news bulletins published by the Washington bureau of The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930, documenting a full chronology of world and national events, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress. The collection includes news dispatches from key moments in history, from the sinking […]
  • Latest News: Simon Martin Named to Early Americas Chair May 14, 2019
    The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress today announced the appointment of Simon Martin, an anthropologist and specialist in Maya hieroglyphic writing, as the 2019-2020 Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas. Martin will begin his tenure in November 2019. Click here for […]
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Upcoming Events

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  • Upcoming Events: Happening Week of June 17 June 14, 2019
    Featured Events  Friday, June 217 p.m.Presented part of LGBTQ Pride Month.James Madison Building- West Dining Room  Stonewall 50 A panel discussion with Franklin Robinson Jr. (National Museum of American History), Lisa Warwick (DCPL), Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (Lesbian Herstory Archives), and Jake Newsome (U.S. Holocaust Museum). The panel will be moderated by Meg Metcalf, LGBTQ+ Studies librarian at the […]
  • Upcoming Events: Happening Week of June 10 June 7, 2019
    Featured Event  Thursday, June 136 p.m.Changemaker Conversation  Conversation with the Librarian: Women in Leadership Please join the John W. Kluge Center and the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a Changemaker Conversation with the Librarian: "Women in Leadership, Featuring Drew Gilpin Faust." Drew Gilpin Faust is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Kluge Prize […]
  • Upcoming Events: 3rd Annual Outdoor Summer Film Festival on Capitol Hill June 6, 2019
      The Library of Congress will host the third annual “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer. The six-film series — which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry — will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown from July 11 through Aug. 15 on the north lawn of the […]
  • Upcoming Events: Conversation with Drew Gilpin Faust May 31, 2019
    On Thursday, June 13, the Library of Congress invites the public to attend a Changemaker Conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden: “Women in Leadership, Featuring Drew Gilpin Faust.” Faust is the 2018 recipient of the John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. As the first female president of Harvard University, […]
  • NEWS: Justice Ginsburg Joins Leading Authors at 2019 National Book Festival May 9, 2019
    Festival Lineup on Aug. 31 Features José Andrés, Barbara Kingsolver, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Among Dozens of Authors U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be among the featured speakers at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, along with dozens of best-selling authors, novelists, historians, poets and children’s writers, the Library announced today. […]
  • Upcoming Events: "Crazy Rich Asians" at the Library of Congress May 1, 2019
      The Library of Congress will present a conversation with Singaporean American novelist and changemaker Kevin Kwan, known for his satirical novels “Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems,” who seeks to introduce contemporary Asian culture to an American audience. This event is presented as part of the Library’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month […]
  • Upcoming Events: Happening Week of April 29 April 26, 2019
    Upcoming next week at the Library...   Monday, April 2910 a.m.SPECIAL EVENTTo recognize and promote this new Digital Collection as well as Children’s Book Week, local authors and illustrators will each read a select book from the historical collection out loud. This event will be livestreamed from Library's YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/LibraryOfCongress. The event will […]
  • Upcoming Events: Happening Week of April 22 April 19, 2019
    Upcoming next week at the Library... Tuesday, April 2310 a.m.Research Orientation Designed as a basic introduction for researchers and staff.  Tour the reading room and learn about our favorite databases. This course is taught by our reference specialists and is designed as a basic introduction for researchers using the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room's collections […]
  • Upcoming Events: An Evening with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o April 19, 2019
    ] Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o presents his recently released publication titled, “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” at the Library of Congress. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.
  • Upcoming Events: Celebrating 200 Years of Walt Whitman April 16, 2019
    Walt Whitman in his younger years, as shown in this 1854 engraving by Samuel Hollyer used in the 1855 first edition of "Leaves of Grass." Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.   The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200thanniversary of American poet and changemaker Walt Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series […]
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Library of Congress Magazine (LCM)

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  • Library of Congress Magazine: March-April: The Art of Song March 8, 2019
    In this issue celebrating our Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, we look at the creative process of songwriting. Plus: Native American voices restored, the story of a slave memoir written in Arabic, and more. Click here for more information.
  • Still Time for Last-Minute Giving December 31, 2018
    The Library’s resolution for 2019 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2018! Your gift supports FREE exhibitions, events, programs, and activities that connect millions of people across the nation and around the world with our […]
  • Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library December 26, 2018
    The Library’s resolution for 2019 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2018! Your gift can: Inspire curiosity in children to read more books and reflect on the power of books to change their lives Ignite thoughtful […]
  • Make Your Gift to the Nation's Library November 27, 2018
    The day has arrived—#GivingTuesday—a day when your gift makes a difference and a statement. The Library of Congress depends on donations from people like you to produce exhibitions, events, programs, and activities that connect millions of people across the nation and around the world with our unique collections, experts, and services. Gifts bring the Library […]
  • Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning November 20, 2018
    This year is the second year the Library of Congress is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 27, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Your gift supports FREE exhibitions, events, programs, and activities that connect millions of people across the nation and around […]
  • Library of Congress Magazine: A Library for Kids September 12, 2018
    The Library of Congress can be a library for kids. This back-to-school issue highlights resources for children and their teachers, kids' questions to librarians, great figures of history (as kids) and more. Click here to download the issue.
  • LCM: Baseball Nation June 29, 2018
    Library of Congress Magazine June 29, 2018 Subscribe Baseball Nation: July-August 2018 From sandlot to the major leagues, baseball remains a source of community in small towns and big cities alike. We devote our entire issue to the national pastime and our exhibition "Baseball Americana." Download the PDF of the complete issue. Visit the LCM […]
  • Library of Congress GDPR Notification May 25, 2018
    Attention subscriber to bulletin services from the Library of Congress: As you may be aware, on May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation EU (2016)/679 (GDPR) came into force in all EU member states. The GDPR applies to “personal data,” meaning any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or […]
  • LCM: Building Black History January 30, 2018
    Library of Congress Magazine January 30, 2018 Subscribe Buuilding Black History: Jan-Feb 2018 The cover story of the latest issue of Library of Congress Magazine (LCM) tells how the Library partnered with the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to bring a newly-found treasure of African-American history to light. Plus, stories […]
  • Thanks for Your Support! December 31, 2017
    Thank You for Supporting the Library! Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first year-end giving campaign is a success because of you. Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to […]
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