William R. Roalfe, 1896–1979

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Committee on an Expansion Program, 1931–33, 1937–39
Chair, Special Committee on Regional Cooperation in Development of Special Collections, 1930–31
AALL Executive Board, 1931–32, 1943–44
AALL Vice President, 1934–35
AALL President, 1935–36
Charter Member, North Carolina Law Librarians (forerunner of Southeastern Association of Law Libraries), October, 1937
Chair, Special Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1939–40

Chair, Joint Committee on Cooperation between American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools, 1941, 1942, 1944–46
Chair, Committee on Permanent Budget Plan, 1942–44
Chair, Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1944–46
Chair, Special Committee on Advisability and Practicability of Establishing the Office of Executive Secretary and Treasurer on a Full Time Basis, 1946–48
Charter Member, Chicago Association of Law Libraries, March 20, 1947 (presided over organizational meeting)
President, Chicago Association of Law Libraries, 1947–48
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the Library of Congress, 1948–52
Chair, Committee on Permanent Quarters for the American Association of Law Libraries, 1953–54
Chair, Program Committee, AALL Institute, 1954–55
Representative to American Library Association Council, 1954–61
Chair, Nominations Committee, 1955–56
Chair, Committee on an International Association of Law Libraries, 1958–59
Chair, Committee on Policy, 1958–59
Representative to International Association of Law Libraries, 1961–62
AALL Parliamentarian, 1966–69

Professional Honors and Awards

Special Citation for Outstanding Contributions and Dedicated Service to the Profession and to AALL, 1959
Elected Life Member of AALL, 1965
1st Honorary Member, International Association of Law Libraries, 1974
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee*


"A Letter to the President of the Association [Rosamond Parma], September 11, 1930,” Law Library Journal 24 (1931): 60–63.
“The Activities and Program of the American Association of Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 29 (1936): 7–12.
“Status and Qualifications of Law School Librarians,” American Law School Review 8 (1936): 398–403.
"Development of the American Association of Law Libraries Under the Expansion Plan,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 111–15.
“The Relation of the Library to Legal Education,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 141–55.
“Essentials of an Effective Law School Library Service,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 335–50.
“Some Suggestions for Improving the Law School Library Service,” Law Library Journal 32 (1939): 1–15.
"Formulation of the Interpretations to the Library Requirements of the Association of American Law Schools,” Law Library Journal 40 (1947): 229–50.
“The Duke University Law Library: An Account of Its Development,” Law Library Journal 35 (1942): 41–55.
“Necessity for Quantitative as well as Qualitative Library Standards,” Journal of Legal Education 2 (1949): 166–79.
“Compensation of Law Library Personnel in 1951,” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 18–20.
"The Elbert H. Gary Law Library of Northwestern University,” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 219–34. (with Kurt H. Schwerin).
The Libraries of the Legal Profession: A Study Prepared for the Survey of the Legal Profession under the Auspices of the American Bar Association. St. Paul: West, 1953.
"Relations of the American Association of Law Libraries with Other Professional Organizations,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 128–37.
“Centralized University Library Service and the Law School,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 2–5.
“Frederick C. Hicks: Scholar-Librarian,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 88–98.
How to Find the Law. 5th ed. St. Paul: West, 1957.
“The Law School Library—Facts and Fancies,” Journal of Legal Education 11 (1959): 346–57.
"John Henry Wigmore—Scholar and Reformer,” Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science 53 (1962): 277–300.
How to Find the Law. 6th ed. St. Paul: West, 1965.
John Henry Wigmore: Scholar and Reformer. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 1977.
*See also “A Bibliography of the Writings of and about William R. Roalfe,” Appendix B in Michael G. Chiorazzi, “William R. Roalfe: Builder of Libraries, Scholar, Association Animal.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 248–60, Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Kurt Schwerin, “[Memorial:] William R. Roalfe,” Law Library Journal 73 (1980): 236–37.
Kurt Schwerin, “William R. Roalfe (1896–1979): A Tribute,” International Journal of Law Libraries 8 (1980): 3–4.

Michael G. Chiorazzi, “William R. Roalfe: Builder of Libraries, Scholar, Association Animal.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 215–60. Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.

Professional Positions

Attorney, O’Melveny, Milliken & Tuller, Los Angeles, 1922–23
Private Practice, 1924–25
Librarian, University of Southern California School of Law, 1927–30
Librarian and Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, 1931–42, 1946
Legal Counsel, Office of Price Administration, Washington, DC, 1943–45
Director and Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, 1946–64

Education

LL.B., University of Southern California, 1922
LL.D. (Honorary), Temple University, 1959

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to the practice of law, California, 1921
President, Ephebian Society, 1927–28
Admitted to the practice of law, North Carolina, 1932
Member, AALS Library Problems Round Table Council, 1932–34 (Chairman, 1932–33)
Member, Governing Board, Library of International Relations, Chicago, 1951–53
Member, National Board of Directors, American Association for the United Nations, 1954–58
Member, Executive Board, American Association for the United Nations, 1958–64
President, International Association of Law Libraries, 1959–62
Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Law Libraries, 1962–65