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Lying in State of President Gerald Ford
The Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol has been considered the most suitable place...

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Prohibited Items at the U.S. Capitol Building
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Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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AOC employees plan renovations to Representative Tammy Duckworth's Office
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Library of Congress

The law creating the Library of Congress, approved on April 24, 1800, called for its books to be housed in "a suitable apartment" in the Capitol. The copyright law of 1870 brought two copies of all copyright items to the Library. It immediately became apparent that the Library would soon run out of space. The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building opened in in 1897 after the decision to relocate the Library of Congress into a separate facility was reached after years of discussion.

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