Margaret Center Klingelsmith, 1852 – 1931

Hall of Fame Pioneer
Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Charter Member, July 1906 (only woman)
  • AALL Vice President, 1912–14

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Master of Laws Degree, University of Pennsylvania, 1916
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • Pennsylvania Law Affecting Women and Children, 1900. Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association, 1900.
  • “A Rhapsody of Antiquated Law,” American Law Register 52 (1904): 755–63.
  • “Two Theories in Regard to the Implied Powers of the Constitution,” American Law Register 54 (1906): 214–29.
  • “James Wilson and the So-Called Yazoo Frauds,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 56 (1908): 1–27.
  • “Stonore Said,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 61 (1913): 381–96.
  • Statham’s Abridgment of the Law. Boston: Boston Book Co., 1915.
  • “New Readings of Old Law,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 66 (1918): 107–22.
  • “Cataloging According to Legal Principles,” Law Library Journal 11 (1919): 79–82.
  • “J.G. Marvin: An Appreciation,” Law Library Journal 15 (1923): 71–75.
  • “Early Bills in Equity,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 71 (1923): 115–26.
  • “Law Libraries as the Source of the Study of History and Sociology,” Law Library Journal 19 (1926): 67–72.
  • “Report of the Librarian on Her Trip to England and the Continent 1910,” Law Library Journal 58 (1965): 253–69.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • “In Memoriam: Margaret Center Klingelsmith,” Law Library Journal 24 (1931): 64.
  • Laura N. Gasaway, “Women as Directors of Academic Law Libraries.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 497, 514–15. Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996. (Includes profile and photo of Klingelsmith.)

Professional Positions

  • Law Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, 1899–1931

Education

  • LL.B., University of Pennsylvania, 1898 (member of first class to accept women)

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

  • Second woman to be licensed to practice law in Philadelphia