Miles Oscar Price, 1890 – 1968

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Special Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1937–39
  • Charter Member, Law Library Association of Greater New York, 1938
  • Chair, Committee on Microfilm Survey for Committee on Scientific Aids to Learning, 1939–41
  • Chair, Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship—Editorial Board on Monographs, 1940–42
  • AALL Executive Board, 1942–43
    Chair, Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1942–43
  • Chair, Committee on Index to Legal Periodicals, 1942–45, 1946–47
  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Latin-American Law Libraries, 1942–43
  • AALL President-Elect, 1944–45
  • AALL President, 1945–46
  • Chair, Committee on Major Library Positions, 1947–48
  • Chair, Committee on Education and Placement, 1948–49, 1950–55
  • Chair, Program Committee, AALL Institute, 1952–53
  • Director, 1st Annual AALL Law Librarians’ Institute, 1953
  • Chair, Nominations Committee, 1958–59

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Special Citation for Outstanding Contributions and Dedicated Service to the Profession and to AALL, 1959
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • “Government Documents for the Law Library,” Law Library Journal 28 (1935): 67–76.
  • Subject Headings in American and English Law Used in the Dictionary Catalog of the Columbia University Law Library.  New York: School of Library Service, Columbia University, 1939.
  • “Patent Searching, with Special Reference to Chemical Patents,” Special Libraries 31 (1940): 118–28.
  • “A Catalog for the Small Law Library,” Law Library Journal 34 (1941): 1–8.
  • “Legislative Reference Service in a Law School Library,” Special Libraries 32 (1941): 302–04, 314.
  • “Notes of a Law Book Scout in South America,” Law Library Journal 35 (1942): 95–99.
  • A Catalog for a Law Library of 15,000 Volumes. New York: School of Library Service, Columbia University, 1942 (with Elsie Basset & Jean Marie Christmas).
  • “Noting Up British Statutes and Cases,” Law Library Journal 40 (1947): 251–70.
  • “Citation Books for United States Treaties,” Law Library Journal 41 (1948): 347–64.
  • “The Law School Librarian,” Journal of Legal Education 1 (1948): 268–72.
  • “Bibliographical Notes on United States Patent, Trade-Mark, and Copyright Law,” Law Library Journal 42 (1949): 47–59.
  • A Practical Manual of Standard Legal Citations: Rules, Rationale and Examples of Citations to Authority for Lawyers, Law Students, Teachers and Research Workers. New York: Oceana, 1950. [also 2d ed., 1958].
  • “Selection and Training of Law Catalogers,” Law Library Journal 45 (1952): 296–302.
  • Effective Legal Research: A Practical Manual of Law Books and Their Use. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1953 (with Harry S. Bitner).
  • “Legal Education During the Past Fifty Years as Reflected in the Changing Character of Law Library Acquisitions,” University of Florida Law Review 6 (1953): 221–30.
  • “Institutes from the Point of View of a Director,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 168–74.
  • “The Law School Librarian’s Educational Qualifications: A Statistical Study,” Journal of Legal Education 10 (1957): 222–24.
  • “The Place of the Law School Library in Library Administration,” Journal of Legal Education 13 (1960): 230–38.
  • “The Place of the Law School Library in Library Administration,” College and Research Libraries 21 (Jan. 1960): 13–19.
  • “Photocopying by Libraries and Copyright: A Precis,” Library Trends (Jan. 1960): 432–47.
  • “Columbia University’s Law Library Course,” Law Library Journal 55 (1962): 220–24.Effective Legal Research. Student ed. rev. Boston: Little, Brown, 1962 (with Harry S. Bitner). [also 3d ed., 1969]
  • “Law Library Basic Book List,” Law Library Journal 57 (1964): 320–22.
  • “Constructing the Class K Schedules for American Federal Law,” Law Library Journal 57 (1964): 366–75.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • “[Dedication to] Miles Oscar Price, 1890–1968,” Law Library Journal 62 (1969): 2–24. Includes: Arthur J. Ruffier, “Miles Oscar Price: A Bibliographical Sketch”(2–4); Meira G. Pimsleur, “Miles O. Price, Law Librarian, Columbia University” (5–8); Harry Bitner, “Miles O. Price—Teacher and Friend” (9–10); Marian G. Gallagher, “Miles Oscar Price—The Journal Record” (11–14); Ervin H. Pollack, “Miles Oscar Price” (15–16); Morris L. Cohen, “Miles O. Price and Education for Law Librarianship” (17–20); Mary W. Oliver & Lucile M. Elliott, “Miles O. Price” (21–22); Frances Farmer, “Miles Price as Teacher” (23); J. Myron Jacobstein, “Miles O. Price” (24).
  • J. Myron Jacobstein, “The Dean of Librarians [Miles O. Price],” in Frank G. Houdek, comp., “Meet My Mentor”: A Collection of Personal Reminiscences,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 177, 227–28.

Professional Positions

  • Division Chief, University of Chicago Libraries, 1910–14
  • Division Chief, University of Illinois Libraries, 1914–22
  • Librarian, Scientific Library, U.S. Patent Office, 1922–29
  • Librarian, Columbia University School of Law, 1929–56
  • Librarian and Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, 1956–61
  • Librarian and Professor Emeritus, Columbia University School of Law, 1961–68
  • Consultant, Duke University School of Law, 1961–62
  • Consultant, Class K Project, Library of Congress, 1962–64
  • Director, Libraries Study Project, Association of American Law Schools, 1964–66

Education

  • S.B., University of Chicago, 1914
  • B.L.S., University of Illinois, 1922
  • LL.B., Columbia University, 1938
  • LL.D., Temple University, 1954 (Honorary Degree)

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Member, American Library Association Council, 1924–25, 1933–37
  • President, District of Columbia Library Association, 1924–25
  • Member, Executive Board, Special Libraries Association, 1930–31
  • Admitted to the Practice of Law, New York, 1940