Eldon R. James, 1875 – 1949

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Editor, Index to Legal Periodicals, 1925–42
  • President, 1934–35
  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Latin-American Law Libraries, 1943–45

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Elected Honorary Life Member of AALL, 1942
  • Resolution of Appreciation, 1943
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “The Law School and the Practicing Lawyer,” American Law School Review 4 (1916): 212–17.
  • “Some Aspects of the Status of Children in Missouri,” University of Missouri Bulletin Law Series 10 (February 1916): 3–38.
  • “Jurisdiction Over Foreigners in Siam,” American Journal of International Law 16 (1922): 585–603.
  • “The Harvard Law School Library,” Law Library Journal 18 (1925): 123–26.
  • “Some Difficulties in the Way of A History of American Law,” Illinois Law Review 23 (1929): 683–88.
  • “Siam in the Modern World,” Foreign Affairs 9 (1931): 657–64.
  • “The First Printed English Law Book,” American Bar Association Journal 19 (1933): 185–87.
  • “Law Libraries in the Survey of the Legal Profession,” Law Library Journal 41 (1948): 104–10.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Helen Newman, “Memorial to Eldon Revare James,” Law Library Journal 42 (1949): 194–96
  • Roscoe Pound, “Eldon Revare James: An Appreciation,” Law Library Journal 42 (1949): 76–77

Professional Positions

  • Practiced law in Cincinnati, 1899–1911
  • Instructor and Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati, 1902–12
  • Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law, 1912–13
  • Professor of Law, University of Minnesota, 1913–14
  • Dean, University of Missouri Law School, 1914–18
  • Advisor in Foreign Affairs to the Government of Siam, 1918–24
  • Judge, Supreme Court of Siam, 1919–24
  • Professor of Law and Librarian, Harvard Law School, 1923–42
  • Law Librarian of Congress, 1943–46

Education

  • B.S., University of Cincinnati, 1896
  • LL.B., University of Cincinnati, 1899
  • Doctor of the Science of Law, Harvard, 1912

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

  • Trustee of the Cincinnati Bureau of Municipal Research, 1909–11
  • Possessor of the Grand Cross of Siam, 1921
  • Possessor of the Grand Cross of the White Elephant, 1923
  • Secretary, Cambridge Historical Society
  • Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, 1942
  • Attorney, Legal Division of Transportation Corps of the U.S. War
  • Department, 1942–43
  • Law School Consultant for Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., 1946–47