William R. Roalfe, 1896 – 1979

Hall of Fame Pioneer
Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Chair, Committee on an Expansion Program, 1931–33, 1937–39
  • Chair, Special Committee on Regional Cooperation in Development of Special Collections, 1930–31
  • AALL Executive Board, 1931–32, 1943–44
  • AALL Vice President, 1934–35
  • AALL President, 1935–36
  • Charter Member, North Carolina Law Librarians (forerunner of Southeastern Association of Law Libraries), October, 1937
  • Chair, Special Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1939–40
  • Chair, Joint Committee on Cooperation between American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools, 1941, 1942, 1944–46
  • Chair, Committee on Permanent Budget Plan, 1942–44
  • Chair, Advisory Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1944–46
  • Chair, Special Committee on Advisability and Practicability of Establishing the Office of Executive Secretary and Treasurer on a Full Time Basis, 1946–48
  • Charter Member, Chicago Association of Law Libraries, March 20, 1947 (presided over organizational meeting)
  • President, Chicago Association of Law Libraries, 1947–48
  • Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the Library of Congress, 1948–52
  • Chair, Committee on Permanent Quarters for the American Association of Law Libraries, 1953–54
  • Chair, Program Committee, AALL Institute, 1954–55
  • Representative to American Library Association Council, 1954–61
  • Chair, Nominations Committee, 1955–56
  • Chair, Committee on an International Association of Law Libraries, 1958–59
  • Chair, Committee on Policy, 1958–59
  • Representative to International Association of Law Libraries, 1961–62
  • AALL Parliamentarian, 1966–69

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Special Citation for Outstanding Contributions and Dedicated Service to the Profession and to AALL, 1959
  • Elected Life Member of AALL, 1965
  • 1st Honorary Member, International Association of Law Libraries, 1974
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee*

  • “A Letter to the President of the Association [Rosamond Parma], September 11, 1930,” Law Library Journal 24 (1931): 60–63.
  • “The Activities and Program of the American Association of Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 29 (1936): 7–12.
  • “Status and Qualifications of Law School Librarians,” American Law School Review 8 (1936): 398–403.
  • “Development of the American Association of Law Libraries Under the Expansion Plan,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 111–15.
  • “The Relation of the Library to Legal Education,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 141–55.
  • “Essentials of an Effective Law School Library Service,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 335–50.
  • “Some Suggestions for Improving the Law School Library Service,” Law Library Journal 32 (1939): 1–15.
  • “Formulation of the Interpretations to the Library Requirements of the Association of American Law Schools,” Law Library Journal 40 (1947): 229–50.
  • “The Duke University Law Library: An Account of Its Development,” Law Library Journal 35 (1942): 41–55.
  • “Necessity for Quantitative as well as Qualitative Library Standards,” Journal of Legal Education 2 (1949): 166–79.
  • “Compensation of Law Library Personnel in 1951,” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 18–20.
  • “The Elbert H. Gary Law Library of Northwestern University,” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 219–34. (with Kurt H. Schwerin).
  • The Libraries of the Legal Profession: A Study Prepared for the Survey of the Legal Profession under the Auspices of the American Bar Association. St. Paul: West, 1953.
  • “Relations of the American Association of Law Libraries with Other Professional Organizations,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 128–37.
  • “Centralized University Library Service and the Law School,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 2–5.
  • “Frederick C. Hicks: Scholar-Librarian,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 88–98.
  • How to Find the Law. 5th ed. St. Paul: West, 1957.
  • “The Law School Library—Facts and Fancies,” Journal of Legal Education 11 (1959): 346–57.
  • “John Henry Wigmore—Scholar and Reformer,” Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science 53 (1962): 277–300.
  • How to Find the Law. 6th ed. St. Paul: West, 1965.
  • John Henry Wigmore: Scholar and Reformer. Chicago: Northwestern University Press, 1977.
  • *See also “A Bibliography of the Writings of and about William R. Roalfe,” Appendix B in Michael G. Chiorazzi, “William R. Roalfe: Builder of Libraries, Scholar, Association Animal.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 248–60, Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Kurt Schwerin, “[Memorial:] William R. Roalfe,” Law Library Journal 73 (1980): 236–37.
  • Kurt Schwerin, “William R. Roalfe (1896–1979): A Tribute,” International Journal of Law Libraries 8 (1980): 3–4.
  • Michael G. Chiorazzi, “William R. Roalfe: Builder of Libraries, Scholar, Association Animal.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 215–60. Littleton, CO: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.

Professional Positions

  • Attorney, O’Melveny, Milliken & Tuller, Los Angeles, 1922–23
  • Private Practice, 1924–25
  • Librarian, University of Southern California School of Law, 1927–30
  • Librarian and Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law, 1931–42, 1946
  • Legal Counsel, Office of Price Administration, Washington, DC, 1943–45
  • Director and Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, 1946–64

Education

  • LL.B., University of Southern California, 1922
  • LL.D. (Honorary), Temple University, 1959

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the practice of law, California, 1921
  • President, Ephebian Society, 1927–28
  • Admitted to the practice of law, North Carolina, 1932
  • Member, AALS Library Problems Round Table Council, 1932–34 (Chairman, 1932–33)
  • Member, Governing Board, Library of International Relations, Chicago, 1951–53
  • Member, National Board of Directors, American Association for the United Nations, 1954–58
  • Member, Executive Board, American Association for the United Nations, 1958–64
  • President, International Association of Law Libraries, 1959–62
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Law Libraries, 1962–65