Erwin Surrency, 1924 – 2012

Hall of Fame Induction: 2012

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the American Bar Association, 1952–56
  • Representative to American Library Association, Reference Services Division Committee on Bibliography, 1956–58
  • Chair, Committee on New Members, 1957–58
  • Chair, Committee on Committees, 1958–59
  • Chair, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1966–67
  • Chair, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, 1967–68
  • Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 1968–70
  • AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 1972–73
  • AALL President, 1973–74
  • AALL Immediate Past President, 1974–75
  • Liaison with Library of Congress Committee, Chair: 1974–75
  • Chair, Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section,1989–90

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Surrency Prize for best article of the year in Law and History Review created and named in his honor by American Society for Legal History, 1971
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2012

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “A Bibliography of the Tentative Drafts of the Restatements,” Law Library Journal 44 (1951): 11–25.
  • Research in Pennsylvania Law. New York: Oceana Publications, 1953 (with Carroll C. Moreland) [2d ed., 1965].
  • The Marshall Reader: The Life and Contributions of Chief Justice John Marshall, editor. Bicentenary ed. New York: Oceana Publications, 1955.
  • “Legal Opinions of the Attorney General of the United States: Their Application in the Courts,” Temple Law Quarterly 29 (1955): 26–37.
  • “Weeding a Law Collection,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 6–9.
  • “Appointment of Federal Judges in Alabama,” American Journal of Legal History 1 (1957): 148–53.
  • “Federal Trade Commission,” Law Library Journal 51 (1958): 28–33.
  • “A Bibliography of the Tentative Drafts of the Restatements, 1951–1958,” Law Library Journal 51 (1958): 216–18.
  • A Guide to Legal Research. New York: Oceana Publications, 1959 (with Benjamin Feld and Joseph Crea) [supplemented ed., 1966].
  • “Research in Tax Law,” Law Library Journal 53 (1960): 2–14.
  • “Legal Effects of the Civil War,” American Journal of Legal History 5 (1961): 145–60.
  • “Research in Federal Tax Law,” Florida Bar Journal 35 (December 1961): 1128–41.
  • “Research in the Uniform Commercial Code,” 1962 University of Illinois Law Forum: 404–12.
  • “History of the Federal Courts,” Missouri Law Review 28 (1963): 214–44.
  • “Lawyer and the Revolution,” American Journal of Legal History 8 (1964): 125–35.
  • “Research in the Law of Northern Ireland,” Northern Ireland Law Quarterly 15 (March 1964): 77–98.
  • “Treaty Law of the United States,” International & Comparative Law Quarterly 14 (1965): 602–12.
  • “The Court’s Place in History,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly 44 (1972): 440–53.
  • “The Evolution of an Urban Judicial System: The Philadelphia Story, 1683–1968,” American Journal of Legal History 18 (1974): 95–108.
  • United State Prison Law: Sentencing to Prison, Prison Conditions, and Release: The Court Decisions, selected and with comments by Sol Rubin. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1975– (vols. 8–10 compiled by Erwin C. Surrency and Robert E. Surrency).
  • “The Development of the Appellate Function: The Pennsylvania Experience,” American Journal of Legal History 20 (1976): 173–91.
  • Guides to the Use of the Code of Federal Regulations: Title, Reel, and Bibliographic, 1939–1976. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Trans-Media Publications, 1978 (with Robert E. Surrency) [2d ed., 1986, published as The Code of Federal Regulations: Bibliography and Guide to Its Use, 1939–1982].
  • English, Irish & Scottish Reports Pre-Twentieth Century (United Kingdom Nominatives): Reel Guide & Name Index to the Microfilm Collection: A Bibliography. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Trans-Media, 1979.
  • “The First American Criminal Code: The Georgia Code of 1816,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 64 (1979): 420–34.
  • Insuring the Law Library: Fire and Disaster Risk Management. New York: Glanville Publishers, 1982 (with Bernard D. Reams).
  • “The Beginnings of American Legal Literature,” American Journal of Legal History 31 (1987): 207–20.
  • “The Publication of Federal Laws: A Short History,” Law Library Journal 79 (1987): 469–84.
  • History of the Federal Courts. New York: Oceana Publications, 1987. [2d ed., 2002].
  • A History of American Law Publishing. New York: Oceana Publications, 1990.
  • “How the United States Perfects an International Agreement,” Law Library Journal 85 (1993): 343–56.
  • Index to International Treaties & Agreements, compiler and editor. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1994.
  • “‘Calculated to Promote the General Good’: The Development of Local Government in Georgia Towns and Cities,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 84 (2000): 381–409.
  • The Creation of a Judicial System: The History of Georgia Courts, 1733 to present. Holmes Beach, Fla.: Gaunt Inc., 2001.
  • “The Georgia Code of 1863 and Its Place in the Codification Movement,” Journal of Southern Legal History 11 (2003): 81–106.
  • “The Transition From Colonialism to Independence,” American Journal of Legal History 46 (2004): 55–81.
  • The Work of the Federal Courts in Georgia Over Two Centuries. Atlanta, Ga.: Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, 2006.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Margaret K. Maes, “Entering the Hall of Fame: AALL Honors Bintliff, Chiorazzi, Hein, and Surrency for Professional Leadership,” AALL Spectrum 16 (July 2012): 16–17.

Professional Positions

  • Instructor in European History, University of Georgia, 1947–48
  • Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Temple University, 1950–78
  • Fulbright Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1963–64
  • Librarian and Professor of Law, University of Georgia, 1979–95
  • Library Director Emeritus, University of Georgia Law Library, 1995–2012

Education

  • A.B., University of Georgia, 1947
  • M.A., University of Georgia, 1948
  • LL.B., University of Georgia, 1949
  • M.A.L.S., George Peabody College, 1950

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Library Consultant, American Bar Foundation, 1953–54
  • Co-Founder and First President, American Society for Legal History, 1957
  • Founding Editor, American Journal of Legal History, 1957–81 [renamed Law and History Review in 1971]
  • Consultant, Nigerian Government Law Library, 1975–78