Bernita J. Davies, 1901–1972

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

AALL Executive Board, 1935–37
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the American Bar Association, 1936–37
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the Association of American Law Schools, 1937–38
AALL Vice President, 1937–38
AALL President-Elect, 1941–42
AALL President, 1942–43

Chair, Joint Committee on Cooperation between American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools, 1943–44, 1947, 1948–51
Chair, Committee on Law Library Journal, 1951–53
Editor, Law Library Journal, 1952
Chair, Nominating Committee, 1952–53
Chair, Committee on Scholarships, 1955–56
Chair, Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, 1959–60
Chair, Nominations Committee, 1967–68

Professional Honors and Awards

AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

Manual for the Use of Law Books. 2d ed. Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1937 (with George B. Weisiger). [also 3d ed., 1940; 4th ed., 1951]
“Order Routine,” Law Library Journal 30 (1937): 351–59.
“Social Science Material for Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 32 (1939): 232–41.
“Special Classes of Social Science Material in the Law Library,” Law Library Journal 33 (1940): 313–23.
"Who’s Who In Law Libraries: Helen Newman, Associate Librarian, Supreme Court of the United States,” Law Library Journal 39 (1946): 17–19.
“The Key Sort Card System and New Photographic Process,” Law Library Journal 43 (1950): 179–81.
"The Place of the Law Library: Some Theories, Some Facts, and Some Reflections,” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 207–18.
“Qualities of a ‘Good Law Librarian,’” Law Library Journal 46 (1953): 367–69.
Research in Illinois Law. New York: Oceana, 1954 (with Francis J. Rooney).
“The New Law Library Building at the University of Illinois,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 34–40.
“A History of the Law Library Journal,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 157–67.
“The Shifting of Family Income for Income Tax Purposes,” Saint Louis University Law Journal 6 (1961): 281–367.
“In Memory of Helen [Newman],” Law Library Journal 59 (1966): 154–61.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Elizabeth Finley, “In Memory of Bernita Jewell Davies,” Law Library Journal 65 (1972): 466.
“[Tribute to] Bernita J. Davies,” University of Illinois Law Forum, 1972, no. 4, xi–xv.
“[Memorial:] Bernita J. Davies, 1902–1972,” AALS Proceedings (1972): 165–66.

Professional Positions

Law Librarian, University of Illinois College of Law, 1930–70
Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, 1962–70


A.B., University of Illinois, 1924
LL.B., University of Illinois, 1928
B.S. in L.S., University of Illinois, 1932
LL.M., University of Illinois, 1959

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to practice of law, Illinois, 1929
Member, AALS Library Problems Round Table Council, 1952
Member, American Law Institute