Marvin R. Anderson, 1940–

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Contemporary Social Problems Special Interest Section, 1978–79
  • Chair, Standing Committee on Status of Minorities, Contemporary Social Problems Special Interest Section, 1981–83 President, Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, 1982
  • Member, Nominations Committee, 1983–84
  • Chair, State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section, 1994–95
  • Co-Chair, Local Advisory Committee, AALL 94th Annual Meeting, 2001
  • Co-Chair, Special Committee on George Strait Minority Scholarship Fundraising, 2002–05

Professional Honors & Awards

  • Law Librarian of the Year Award, Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, 1987
    Spirit of Law Librarianship Award, 1999
  • State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 2000
  • Selected as one of ten “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer, 2001
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2003
  • John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award, Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, 2004
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class, 2010

Selected Publications by Inductee

  • The History of African-American Law Librarians: A Research Agenda.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 261–74. Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.
  • Three Plus One for the Road,” in “Meet My Mentor: A Collection of Personal Reminiscences,” edited by Frank G. Houdek, Law Library Journal 91(1999): 177, at 183–85.

Selected Publications About Inductee

  • Michelle Lore, “Marvin R. Anderson: A Lawyer who Lives by the Book,” Minnesota Lawyer (Feb. 4, 2002).
  • Michelle Lore, “Marvin Anderson Retires After 22 Years as State Law Librarian,” Minnesota Lawyer (Sept. 16, 2002).
  • “Three to Receive Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award,” AALL Spectrum 7 (June 2003): 12–13.
  • “Marvin Roger Anderson, Minnesota State Law Librarian (Retired).” In Carol Avery Nicholson, Ruth Johnson Hill & Vicente Garces, Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law Libraries, 26–30. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2006. AALL Publication Series No. 71.
  • Marvin R. Anderson Interview. In An Oral History of Law Librarianship, interviewed by Patrick E. Kehoe, Sept. 4, 2013, videorecording. Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf, HeinOnline.

Professional Positions

  • Ordinance Drafter, Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, 1968–69
  • Private Practice, 1969–74
  • Reference Librarian, University of Minnesota, 1976–80
  • Minnesota State Law Librarian, 1980–2002


  • B.A., Morehouse College, 1962
  • J.D., Hastings College of the Law, 1966
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, 1977

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (Outside AALL)

  • Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, 1966–68
  • President, Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association, 1982–83
  • Originator of “Everybody Wins” reading program, which pairs volunteer legal practitioners with elementary school students.
  • Received “Eleven Who Care” Community Service Award from Twin Cities television station KARE-11 for this program in 2000.
  • “Marvin Anderson Day” declared by Mayor Randy Kelly of St. Paul, Minnesota, September 9, 2002