Elizabeth Finley, 1898–1980

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Charter Member and Secretary, Law Library Association of Greater New York, 1938
Chair, Committee on Aid to Libraries in War Areas, 1942–44
AALL Treasurer, 1948–56
Chair, Committee on Nominations and Elections, 1956–57
President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1957–59
AALL President-Elect, 1960–61
AALL President, 1961–62 (first private law librarian to serve as president)

Professional Honors and Awards

Special Citation for Distinguished Service to AALL, 1966
Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1994
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“Letter from Washington” [describing new position at Covington and Burling], Legist 3 (April-June 1943): 24–26.
“Legislative Histories,” Law Library Journal 39 (1946): 161–66.
“Law Office Libraries,” Law Library Journal 40 (1947): 179–85.
“Crystal Grazing: The Problem of Legislative History,” American Bar Association Journal 45 (1959): 1281–84.
“Certification Revisited,” Law Library Journal 54 (1961): 131–38.

Manual of Procedures for Private Law Libraries. South Hackensack, N.J.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1966. American Association of Law Libraries Publication Series No. 8.
“Recollections of a Mid-Twentieth Century Law Firm Librarian,” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 565–74 (with David S. Mao).

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Jack Ellenberger, “Memorial: Elizabeth Finley,” Law Library Journal 73 (1980): 737–39.
Paul D. Healey & Mary Rumsey, “Visionaries in Law Librarianship,” AALL Spectrum 7 (July 2003): 16–20, 31.

Professional Positions

Librarian, Root, Clark, Buckner and Ballantine, New York City, 1921–42
Librarian, Covington and Burling, Washington, D.C., 1943–63