Welcome to Witchtober Pt. 2: Accusations of Witchcraft

Image from Witchcraft in Salem Village 1692 by Winfield S. Nevins, 1892. Accusations of witchcraft started in Salem after some young girls began reporting fits, fever, and strange behavior. Rev. Samuel Parris, father to one afflicted girl, and uncle to another, sought...

Welcome to Witchtober!

Image from "A Short History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Trials" by M.V.B. Perley, 1911. Get ready for our favorite month! This October, we'll introduce you to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, and some of the people involved. To this day, historians do not agree on a...

The Duel in History: Laws, “Codes,” and Censure

On display for the 2019 fall semester is a baker’s dozen of rare books from the Law Library’s extensive and growing collection of works on the legal history of dueling.  The selections, which include works from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, shed light on...

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed every October, is a collaboration between government and industry to raise awareness that cybersecurity impacts everyone.  This year, it emphasizes personal accountability and stresses taking steps to improve...

Art Crime

The GW Law Library's current display concerns art and cultural property crime, which includes antiquities theft, art theft, and art fraud. Such crime is the third highest-grossing annual criminal trade worldwide and is run primarily by organized crime syndicates to...
We the People – Constitution Day, September 17

We the People – Constitution Day, September 17

The Constitutional Convention was initially convened by the Congress of the Confederation in 1787 to revise the Articles of Confederation.  Under the Articles, the new government had quickly come to a stalemate between the northern states and those in the south.  The...

Freedom of Information Day

Freedom of Information Day

Freedom of Information Day, celebrated annually on March 16, promotes public access to government information and the public’s right to know.  Held during Sunshine Week, the day also celebrates the birth of our fourth President, James Madison (1751-1836).  Madison is...

Realia Collection at the Jacob Burns Law Library

Realia Collection at the Jacob Burns Law Library

Why Does the GW Law Library Collect Realia? Physical objects offer an unexpected and memorable dimension to the narrative of GW Law’s history and culture, and to themes and authors represented in the Law Library’s collections.  They bring to life aspects of an event,...

The Laws of Misfit Toys

The Laws of Misfit Toys

December is a time for magic, especially for the children among us. While they may wish for toys to come to life like Clara’s did in The Nutcracker, we sometimes find that toys take on a not-so-pleasant life of their own. Our latest display, The Laws of Misfit Toys,...

The Reinheitsgebot (The German Beer Purity Law)

The Reinheitsgebot (The German Beer Purity Law)

Fall is the season of Oktoberfest and beer festivals and to toast the season, the Burns Law Library has mounted an exhibit to commemorate the Reinheitsgebot, the German beer purity law adopted in Bavaria in 1516.  Considered to be the oldest in force brewing law, the...

United Nations Day, Oct. 24

United Nations Day, Oct. 24

Today celebrates the entry in force of the United Nations Charter.  The Charter is the foundation document for the international organization, reaffirming fundamental human rights of citizens and a commitment to equality for men and women and "countries large and...

Stop.  Think.  Connect.

Stop. Think. Connect.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance.  Beware of theft, fraud and cyber crime, secure your key accounts and devices, and actively manage your privacy. You can do your part for cyber security by...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read:  Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week

Observe Banned Books Week this week, September 23-29.  Banned Books Week draws attention to attempts at censorship by restricting access to books across the country.  Sponsors for the week include the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association,...

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