Bernita J. Davies, 1901 – 1972

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • AALL Executive Board, 1935–37
  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the American Bar Association, 1936–37
  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the Association of American Law Schools, 1937–38
  • AALL Vice President, 1937–38
  • AALL President-Elect, 1941–42
  • AALL President, 1942–43
  • Chair, Joint Committee on Cooperation between American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools, 1943–44, 1947, 1948–51
  • Chair, Committee on Law Library Journal, 1951–53
  • Editor, Law Library Journal, 1952
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, 1952–53
  • Chair, Committee on Scholarships, 1955–56
  • Chair, Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, 1959–60
  • Chair, Nominations Committee, 1967–68

Professional Honors and Awards

  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • Manual for the Use of Law Books. 2d ed. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1937 (with George B. Weisiger). [also 3d ed., 1940; 4th ed., 1951]
  • “Order Routine,” Law Library Journal 30 (1937): 351–59.
  • “Social Science Material for Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 32 (1939): 232–41.
  • “Special Classes of Social Science Material in the Law Library,” Law Library Journal 33 (1940): 313–23.
  • “Who’s Who In Law Libraries: Helen Newman, Associate Librarian, Supreme Court of the United States,” Law Library Journal 39 (1946): 17–19.
  • “The Key Sort Card System and New Photographic Process,” Law Library Journal 43 (1950): 179–81.
  • “The Place of the Law Library: Some Theories, Some Facts, and Some Reflections,” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 207–18.
  • “Qualities of a ‘Good Law Librarian,’” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 367–69.
  • Research in Illinois Law. New York: Oceana, 1954 (with Francis J. Rooney).
  • “The New Law Library Building at the University of Illinois,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 34–40.
  • “A History of the Law Library Journal,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 157–67.
  • “The Shifting of Family Income for Income Tax Purposes,” Saint Louis University Law Journal 6 (1961): 281–367.
  • “In Memory of Helen [Newman],” Law Library Journal 59 (1966): 154–61.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Elizabeth Finley, “In Memory of Bernita Jewell Davies,” Law Library Journal 65 (1972): 466.
  • “[Tribute to] Bernita J. Davies,” University of Illinois Law Forum, 1972, no. 4, xi–xv.
  • “[Memorial:] Bernita J. Davies, 1902–1972,” AALS Proceedings (1972): 165–66.

Professional Positions

  • Law Librarian, University of Illinois College of Law, 1930–70
  • Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, 1962–70

Education

  • A.B., University of Illinois, 1924
  • LL.B., University of Illinois, 1928
  • B.S. in L.S., University of Illinois, 1932
  • LL.M., University of Illinois, 1959

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to practice of law, Illinois, 1929
  • Member, AALS Library Problems Round Table Council, 1952
  • Member, American Law Institute