Marvin R. Anderson, 1940–

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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 and 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 the 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 the 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