Edgar J. Bellefontaine, 1930–2010

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

President, Law Librarians of New England, 1968–69
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1976 Annual Meeting (Boston), 1975–76
Chair, Certification Board, 1980–84
Chair, State, Court and County Law Libraries SIS, 1982–83
Chair, Special Committee on Public Relations, 1990–92

Professional Honors and Awards

Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) inaugural Edgar Award for Innovation, Excellence and Dedication to the Practice of Law Librarianship, 1996
State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 1997
Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1999
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“Criminal Law Highlights,” Boston Bar Journal 17 (1973): 29–32 (with William F. Lally).

Massachusetts Supreme Court.  Superior Court Rules Annotated 1974, Massachusetts Bar Association, editor. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 1974.
“Criminal Practice and Procedure,” Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law 26 (1979): 313–32.
"The Social Law Library: 175 Years of Service to the Bench and Bar of Massachusetts,” Boston Bar Journal 24 (Nov. 1980): 5–23.
“Post –Conviction Remedies under the Rules of Criminal Procedure,” Massachusetts Law Review 66 (1981): 173–85.
"The Early history of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court,” Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society Annual Report (1990): 5–28 (with R. Constantine Newman).
“Chief Justice Francis Dana: Patriot and Federalist,” Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society Annual Report (1992): 17–29.
“Theophilus Parsons as a Legal Reformer,” Boston Bar Journal 36 (Mar./Apr. 1992): 14–19.
“Waitstill Winthrop,” Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society Journal 1 (1995): viii–xiii.
"The History of the Social Law Library.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 111–161. Littleton, Co.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996. AALL Publications Series no. 52. (with James A. Brink).
“Samuel Sewall: The Last Puritan Justice,” Massachusetts Legal History 4 (1998): 5–15.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Carol D. Billings, “My Mentor and He Doesn’t Even Know It,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 190–93.
Carol J. Parris, “Gallagher Award Recipients Named,” AALL Spectrum 3 (June 1999): 18.
“Edgar J. Bellefontaine, Esq., Remembered,” LLNE News Thursday, April 29, 2010.
Regina L. Smith & Robert J. Brink, “Memorial: Edgar J. Bellefontaine (1930–2010),” Law Library Journal 103 (2011): 159–64.

Professional Positions

Chief Librarian, Social Law Library, 1961–98


B.A., University of Maine, 1958
J.D., Boston College, 1961

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to Practice of the Law, Maine, 1961; Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, 1962

Helped organize & participated in the around-the-world Dustin Transpolar Flight to commemorate Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd’s first Antarctic flight, 1968
Reporter, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedure, 1979–95
Founding Director, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, 1989–98
Director, Law Library Microform Consortium Executive Committee, 1990–93
Henry College Lind Award, Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions, 1991
West Excellence in Government Law Librarianship Award, 1993
Daniel G. Holland Lifetime Achievement Award, Boston College Law School Alumni Association, 1995
Selected as one of the most influential lawyers of past 25 years, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1997 [See Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 26 (Sept. 22, 1997):185]