Elizabeth Finley, 1898 – 1980

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Elizabeth Finley

  • Charter Member and Secretary, Law Library Association of Greater New York, 1938
  • Chair, Committee on Aid to Libraries in War Areas, 1942–44
  • AALL Treasurer, 1948–56
  • Chair, Committee on Nominations and Elections, 1956–57
  • President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1957–59
  • AALL President-Elect, 1960–61
  • AALL President, 1961–62 (first private law librarian to serve as president)

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Special Citation for Distinguished Service to AALL, 1966
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1994
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Letter from Washington” [describing new position at Covington and Burling], Legist 3 (April-June 1943): 24–26.
  • “Legislative Histories,” Law Library Journal 39 (1946): 161–66.
  • “Law Office Libraries,” Law Library Journal 40 (1947): 179–85.
  • “Crystal Grazing: The Problem of Legislative History,” American Bar Association Journal 45 (1959): 1281–84.
  • “Certification Revisited,” Law Library Journal 54 (1961): 131–38.
  • Manual of Procedures for Private Law Libraries. South Hackensack, N.J.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1966. American Association of Law Libraries Publication Series No. 8.
  • “Recollections of a Mid-Twentieth Century Law Firm Librarian,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 565–74 (with David S. Mao).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Jack Ellenberger, “Memorial: Elizabeth Finley,” Law Library Journal 73 (1980): 737–39.
  • Paul D. Healey & Mary Rumsey, “Visionaries in Law Librarianship,” AALL Spectrum 7 (July 2003): 16–20, 31.

Professional Positions

  • Librarian, Root, Clark, Buckner and Ballantine, New York City, 1921–42
  • Librarian, Covington and Burling, Washington, D.C., 1943–63

Education

  • unknown