Allen Mercer Daniel, 1887–1976

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

First African American member of AALL,1933
Charter Member, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., April 18, 1939
Chair, Committee on List of Law Libraries, 1949–50
Chair, Committee on New Members, 1950–51
First African American to run for AALL Executive Board, 1952
Chair, Committee on Memorials, 1952–53, 1961–62

Professional Honors and Awards

Elected Life Member of AALL, 1956
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“The Law Library of Howard University, 1867–1956” Law Library Journal 51 (1958): 202–15.
Book Review of Road to Harpers Ferry by J.C. Furnas (1959), Journal of Negro Education 29 (1959): 1957–58.

Book Review of Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP by Langston Hughes (1962), Journal of Negro Education 32 (1963): 250–51.
“Quotes from John Brown,” Negro History Bulletin 30 (May 1967): 6–7.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

J.S. Ellenberger, “In Memoriam: Allen Mercer Daniel,” Law Library Journal 70 (1977): 368.
Cynthia Berry, “Allen Mercer Daniel: A Leader in Librarianship,” AALL Spectrum 4 (February 2000): 12.
“Allen Mercer Daniel (1888–1976).” In Carol Avery Nicholson, Ruth Johnson Hill & Vicente Garces, Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law libraries, 20–25. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2006.

Professional Positions

Various posts including Librarian, Office of the Chief of Finance, United States War Dept., 1906–19??
Special Assistant to the Librarian, Howard University School of Law, 1923–24
Assistant Law Librarian, Howard University School of Law, 1923–31
Acting Law Librarian, Howard University School of Law, 1931–40
Law Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, 1941–52
Law Librarian and Associate Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, 1952–56
Acting Dean, Howard University School of Law, Summer 1954
Librarian Emeritus, Howard University School of Law, 1956–76


A.B.(?), Howard University, School of Business, 1906
LL.B.. Howard University School of Law,1909

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to practice of law, District of Columbia, 1926

As a result of his expertise on John Brown and Harpers Ferry, he was a special honoree at the incorporation of Harpers Ferry into the National Park Service
Secretary, General Alumni Association of Howard University
Library at Howard University School of Law named in his honor, October 26, 1971
Online public access catalog of Howard named in his honor (Daniel WebCatalog)