John T. Vance, 1884 – 1943

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Committee on Loose Leaf Services, 1928–30
  • AALL Executive Board, 1929–30
  • AALL Vice President, 1931–33
  • AALL President, 1933–34
  • Charter Member, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., May 1939
  • President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1939–40 (first president)
  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Latin-American Law Libraries, 1941–42

Professional Honors and Awards

  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee: 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • Las Siete Partidas. Chicago/New York: Commerce Clearing House, 1931 (with Samuel P. Scott & Charles S. Lobringier).
  • “Bibliographical Notes on Mexican Session Laws and Compilations: General Legislation,” Law Library Journal 25 (1932): 95–104.
  • “The Centennial of the Law Library of Congress,” American Bar Association Journal (1932): 597–99.
  • “Justice for the Law Library,” Federal Bar Association Journal 1 (March 1933): 41–46.
  • “The Law Library of Congress,” Law Library Journal 28 (1935): 148–60.
  • “National Law Library,” Federal Bar Association Journal 2 (April 1935): 139–46.
  • “Need for a Center of Latin-American Legal Study,” American Bar Association Journal 26 (1940): 705–08.
  • The Background of Hispanic American Law: Legal Sources and Juridical Literature of Spain. New York: Central Book Co., 1943.
  • Guide to the Law and Legal Literature of Mexico. Washington: Library of Congress, 1945 (with Helen L. Clagett).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Harold J. Bowen et al., “[Memorial:] John Thomas Vance,” Law Library Journal 36 (1943): 147–48.
  • Eldon R. James, “Report of the Special Committee on Facilities of the Law Library of Congress,” Law Library Journal 37 (1944): 99–102. [primarily a profile of Vance]

Professional Positions

  • Attorney, Lexington, Kentucky, 1909–13
  • Deputy General Receiver of Dominican Customs, Santo Domingo,
  • Dominican Republic, 1913–19
  • Attorney, Lippitt and Vance, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1920–24
  • Law Librarian of Congress, 1924–43

Education

  • A.B., Transylvania College, 1905
  • LL.B., University of Michigan, 1909
  • LL.M. (Honorary), University of Michigan, 1933
  • J.S.D., Catholic University of America, 1937
  • LL.D., Transylvania University, 1940

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the practice of law, Kentucky, 1909
  • Member of the bars in Michigan, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court
  • ALA Delegate to the Second Congress of Librarians, Mexico, 1928
  • Delegate First World Congress on Libraries and Bibliography, Rome & Venice, 1929
  • Delegate, White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, Washington, DC, November 1930
  • Delegate, Attorney General’s Conference on Crime, Washington, DC, December 1934
  • Delegate, Second World Congress on Libraries and Bibliography, Madrid, 1935
  • President, District of Columbia Library Association, 1935–37
  • Member, American Law Institute