ARCHIVED: AALL Archives Policy

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Items to be transferred include:

  1. Official records: constitutions and by-laws, minutes and proceedings, transcripts, lists or officers and members.


  2. Office files: correspondence and memoranda (incoming and outgoing) and subject files concerning projects, activities and functions.


  3. Historical files documenting policies, decisions, committee and task force reports, questionnaires.


  4. Publications: one record copy of all programs, journals, monographs, newsletters, brochures, posters and announcements issued by the association or its subdivisions.


  5. Audio-visuals: photographs and sound recordings.


  6. Personal papers of members which relate directly to association work.


  7. Charts and maps.

Records which should not be transferred to the Archives include:


  1. Records of specific financial and membership transactions.


  2. Letters of transmittal where the date and routing information is on the document transmitted.


  3. Requests for publications or information after the requests have been filled.


  4. All blank forms and unused printed or duplicated materials.


  5. All duplicate material: keep only the original copy and annotated copies.


  6. Papers, reports, workpapers and drafts; which have been published;


  7. Replies to questionnaires if the results are recorded and preserved either in the archives or in a published report.

This list is intended as a general guide

Material should be transferred in the order in which the records creator maintained it. A letter briefly identifying the material and describing the activity to which it relates, and a detailed inventory of the materials should accompany the shipment.

Send all Archive materials to:


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University Library
University Archives
19 Main Library
1408 West Gregory
Urbana, Illinois 61801

For over seventy-five years, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has advanced the understanding of law librarianship and represented the interest of members of the profession. Through its meetings, publications, communities, and professional contacts, AALL has developed and increased the usefulness of law libraries and provided continuing education for librarians. In 1980, the AALL deposited its archival materials at the University of Illinois, so that a core of records having high research value would be preserved according to professional archival standards. Under paragraphs 4, 10, and 15 of the agreement, members of the AALL, scholars, students, and other researchers can use the AALL's archives to expand their knowledge of law librarianship and AALL's role in its development.

The following policies governing the use of the AALL's archives are intended to be as liberal as possible with due consideration given to the needs of scholars, restrictions imposed by authors, donors, or the AALL, laws concerning literary property rights, the nature of the materials, and the physical preservation of the documents.




  1. Any person may make written application to the AALL Headquarters or the University of Illinois Archivist for permission to examine, or have examined, the archives. Permission, subject to restrictions on access imposed by the writer, the donor, or the AALL, will be granted at the discretion of the AALL Archives Liaison, normally an AALL member on the staff of the University of Illinois Law Library and so designated by the AALL. In the absence of the Liaison, permission may be granted by the University Archivist. An appeal of denial of access may be made in writing to the Executive Board. The completed User Application forms shall be retained by the University Archives.


  2. Staff of the AALL Headquarters office and individual members of the AALL Executive Board during their tenure shall be exempt from the permission requirement for consultation and photocopying of material except that to which specific restrictions have been attached.


  3. Permission, as outlined in paragraph 1 above, is not required for examination of publications (any document reproduced in multiple copies for general distribution) in the AALL Archives.


  4. Archival materials are to be used only at the Law Library or University Archives. No archival materials may be taken from these two areas without specific written permission of the Archives Liaison or the AALL Secretary. Archives users are required to conform to the regulations governing handling and note-taking which are specified by the Liaison and the University Archivist.



  5. Archives may not be copied by any process unless the applicant gives written assurance, by signature on the User Application that no document or substantial portion of a document will be published or reproduced without the subsequent express written permission of the writers or their legal representatives and the AALL.


  6. Permission to copy will normally be granted upon receipt of such assurance, provided that copying complies with the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act.


  7. For researchers who cannot come to the University Archives or Law Library, photocopies of documents may be secured through the Liaison or the University Archives. Reasonable photocopying and service charges may be assessed the applicant. The Liaison or the University Archivist reserves the right to refuse a request if it is adjudged that photocopying might damage the material, or if the request is so broad as to require unreasonable amounts of staff time



  8. Permission to examine or copy archival material does not convey the right to publish, display, perform, or broadcast (hereafter any or all of these activities are referred to as publish) the material except for publication under the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act. Permission to publish may be secured by joint authorization of the AALL President and the holder of the literary rights, his/her legal representative or assigns.


  9. Permission to publish will ordinarily be granted provided that: if a research project is contemplated, it meets commonly accepted standards of scholarship, and written permission for the specific us is secured from the copyright holder.


  10. Where permission to publish is granted, the applicant agrees a) to indicate in the published or that the original is located in the Archives of the AALL and b)to assume full and complete responsibility for any infringement of copyright or literary rights that may grow out of use or publication of the material.