Helen Hargrave, 1895–1985

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Committee on Law School Library Statistics, 1942–43
AALL Executive Board, 1942–43, 1951–54
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the American Library Association, 1947–48

Chair, Committee to Cooperate with Joint Committee on Library Education of the Council of National Library Associations, 1950–51
AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 1956–57
AALL President, 1957–58

Professional Honors and Awards

Elected to the Order of the Coif, 1949
Distinguished Graduate Award, University of Texas Law School, 1979 (first woman to hold that honor)
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“Subject–Title Index, Volumes 21–29 (1928–1936),” Law Library Journal 30 (January 1937 Supplement): 3–14.
“Subject – Author Index, Volumes 21–29 (1928–1936),” Law Library Journal 30 (January 1937 supplement): 14–16.
Manual for Law Library Inspectors. Austin: University of Texas, 1950.
“Tarlton Library: The Law Library of the University of Texas,” Law Library Journal 47 (1954): 151–54.
“The Purpose of Annual Reports,” Law Library Journal 47 (1954): 329–31.
“Call on the Law Libraries,” Texas Bar Journal 24 (1961): 1035–36, 1084–88.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

“A Tribute to Miss Helen Hargrave on Behalf of the Judiciary,” Texas Law Review 43 (1964): xi–xv
Roy Mersky, “Memorial,” Law Library Journal 77 (1984): 812–14.

Laura N. Gasaway, “Women as Directors of Academic Law Libraries.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 497, 518–19. Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996.

Professional Positions

Assistant Law Librarian, University of Texas Law Library, 1930–39
Law Librarian, University of Texas Law Library, 1940–65
Associate Professor of Law and Law Librarian, University of Texas, 1965–71
Professor Emeritus of Law and Director Emeritus, University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library, 1971–85


B.A. and LL.B, University of Texas, Academic Dept. & Law School, 1926
Library study, Columbia University, Summer 1940

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to practice of law, Texas, 1926

During World War II, initiated the “U. of T. Law School News Sheet” that was sent to students and law school alumni in armed forces
Texas correspondent for Survey of Law Libraries conducted as part of ABA’s Survey of the Legal Profession
Chair, State Bar of Texas Committee on Law Libraries
Aided in creating law library at Texas Southern University after decision of Sweatt v. Painter, 339 U.S. 629 (1950)