Allen Mercer Daniel, 1887 – 1976

Hall of Fame Pioneer
Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Allen Mercer Daniel

  • First African American member of AALL,1933
  • Charter Member, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., April 18, 1939
  • Chair, Committee on List of Law Libraries, 1949–50
  • Chair, Committee on New Members, 1950–51
  • First African American to run for AALL Executive Board, 1952
  • Chair, Committee on Memorials, 1952–53, 1961–62

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Elected Life Member of AALL, 1956
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “The Law Library of Howard University, 1867–1956” Law Library Journal 51 (1958): 202–15.
  • Book Review of Road to Harpers Ferry by J.C. Furnas (1959), Journal of Negro Education 29 (1959): 1957–58.
  • Book Review of Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP by Langston Hughes (1962), Journal of Negro Education 32 (1963): 250–51.
  • “Quotes from John Brown,” Negro History Bulletin 30 (May 1967): 6–7.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • J.S. Ellenberger, “In Memoriam: Allen Mercer Daniel,” Law Library Journal 70 (1977): 368.
  • Cynthia Berry, “Allen Mercer Daniel: A Leader in Librarianship,” AALL Spectrum 4 (February 2000): 12.
  • “Allen Mercer Daniel (1888–1976).” In Carol Avery Nicholson, Ruth Johnson Hill & Vicente Garces, Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law libraries, 20–25. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2006.

Professional Positions

  • Various posts including Librarian, Office of the Chief of Finance, United States War Dept., 1906–19??
  • Special Assistant to the Librarian, Howard University School of Law, 1923–24
  • Assistant Law Librarian, Howard University School of Law, 1923–31
  • Acting Law Librarian, Howard University School of Law, 1931–40
  • Law Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, 1941–52
  • Law Librarian and Associate Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, 1952–56
  • Acting Dean, Howard University School of Law, Summer 1954
  • Librarian Emeritus, Howard University School of Law, 1956–76


  • A.B.(?), Howard University, School of Business, 1906
  • LL.B.. Howard University School of Law,1909

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to practice of law, District of Columbia, 1926
  • As a result of his expertise on John Brown and Harpers Ferry, he was a special honoree at the incorporation of Harpers Ferry into the National Park Service
  • Secretary, General Alumni Association of Howard University
  • Library at Howard University School of Law named in his honor, October 26, 1971
  • Online public access catalog of Howard named in his honor (Daniel WebCatalog)