Edgar J. Bellefontaine, 1930–2010

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Edgar Bellefontaine

  • President, Law Librarians of New England, 1968–69
  • Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1976 Annual Meeting (Boston), 1975–76
  • Chair, Certification Board, 1980–84
  • Chair, State, Court and County Law Libraries SIS, 1982–83
  • Chair, Special Committee on Public Relations, 1990–92

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) inaugural Edgar Award for Innovation, Excellence and Dedication to the Practice of Law Librarianship, 1996
  • State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 1997
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1999
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by Inductee

  • “Criminal Law Highlights,” Boston Bar Journal 17 (1973): 29–32 (with William F. Lally).
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court.  Superior Court Rules Annotated 1974, Massachusetts Bar Association, editor. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 1974.
  • “Criminal Practice and Procedure,” Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 26 (1979): 313–32.
  • “The Social Law Library: 175 Years of Service to the Bench and Bar of Massachusetts,” Boston Bar Journal 24 (Nov. 1980): 5–23.
  • “Post –Conviction Remedies under the Rules of Criminal Procedure,” Massachusetts Law Review 66 (1981): 173–85.
  • “The Early history of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court,” Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society Annual Report (1990): 5–28 (with R. Constantine Newman).
  • “Chief Justice Francis Dana: Patriot and Federalist,” Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society Annual Report (1992): 17–29.
  • “Theophilus Parsons as a Legal Reformer,” Boston Bar Journal 36 (Mar./Apr. 1992): 14–19.
  • “Waitstill Winthrop,” Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society Journal 1 (1995): viii–xiii.
  • “The History of the Social Law Library.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 111–161. Littleton, Co.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996. AALL Publications Series no. 52. (with James A. Brink).
  • “Samuel Sewall: The Last Puritan Justice,” Massachusetts Legal History 4 (1998): 5–15.

Selected Publications About Inductee

  • Carol D. Billings, “My Mentor and He Doesn’t Even Know It,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 190–93.
  • Carol J. Parris, “Gallagher Award Recipients Named,” AALL Spectrum 3 (June 1999): 18.
  • “Edgar J. Bellefontaine, Esq., Remembered,” LLNE News Thursday, April 29, 2010.
  • Regina L. Smith & Robert J. Brink, “Memorial: Edgar J. Bellefontaine (1930–2010),” Law Library Journal 103 (2011): 159–64.

Professional Positions

  • Chief Librarian, Social Law Library, 1961–98

Education

  • B.A., University of Maine, 1958
  • J.D., Boston College, 1961

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (Outside AALL)

  • Admitted to Practice of the Law, Maine, 1961; Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, 1962
  • Helped organize & participated in the around-the-world Dustin Transpolar Flight to commemorate Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd’s first Antarctic flight, 1968
  • Reporter, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure, 1979–95
  • Founding Director, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, 1989–98
  • Director, Law Library Microform Consortium Executive Committee, 1990–93
  • Henry College Lind Award, Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions, 1991
  • West Excellence in Government Law Librarianship Award, 1993
  • Daniel G. Holland Lifetime Achievement Award, Boston College Law School Alumni Association, 1995
  • Selected as one of the most influential lawyers of past 25 years, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1997 [See Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 26 (Sept. 22, 1997):185]