June 10, 2009
Law Library of Congress Web Page Highlights
I hadn't been to the web site for the Law Library of Congressin quite some time, but I found myself visiting yesterday looking for some primary constitutional law documents. They were there, in a newly reorganized form that brought all of LOC's constitutional materials together in two places (linked from one to the other). The pages focus on the text and analysis of the Constitution, and the application to various topics, such as interpretation, executive privilege, military tribunals, presidential powers, etc. They include links to PDF pages from law reviews, legal magazines, and other references. This was great for what I was seeking.
As with any site with substantial resources, I took a short tour and found a few other items I didn't expect to find. There is the Sonia Sotomayor page, with links to her writings, cases, her past two confirmation hearings, and web resources. Under legislation I found links to three subject areas, census, freedom of information/privacy, and immigration. The subsequent pages had links to the full text (PDF) of selected hearings. The census hearingswent as far back as 1908 (60th Congress); the FOIA hearingsback to 1975 (94th Congress); and immigration hearings back to 1923 (68th Congress). These are test products from the LOC/Google partnership to digitize the entire collection. I note that the publication of older Congressional materials on Google Books still tends to be spotty. Searching for
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