Eldon R. James, 1875–1949

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Editor, Index to Legal Periodicals, 1925–42
President, 1934–35
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Latin-American Law Libraries, 1943–45

Professional Honors and Awards

Elected Honorary Life Member of AALL, 1942
Resolution of Appreciation, 1943
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“The Law School and the Practicing Lawyer,” American Law School Review 4 (1916): 212–17.
“Some Aspects of the Status of Children in Missouri,” University of Missouri Bulletin Law Series 10 (February 1916): 3–38.
“Jurisdiction Over Foreigners in Siam,” American Journal of International Law 16 (1922): 585–603.
“The Harvard Law School Library,” Law Library Journal 18 (1925): 123–26.
“Some Difficulties in the Way of A History of American Law,” Illinois Law Review 23 (1929): 683–88.
“Siam in the Modern World,” Foreign Affairs 9 (1931): 657–64.
“The First Printed English Law Book,” American Bar Association Journal 19 (1933): 185–87.
“Law Libraries in the Survey of the Legal Profession,” Law Library Journal 41 (1948): 104–10.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Helen Newman, “Memorial to Eldon Revare James,” Law Library Journal 42 (1949): 194–96
Roscoe Pound, “Eldon Revare James: An Appreciation,” Law Library Journal 42 (1949): 76–77

Professional Positions

Practiced law in Cincinnati, 1899–1911
Instructor and Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati, 1902–12
Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin School of Law, 1912–13
Professor of Law, University of Minnesota, 1913–14
Dean, University of Missouri Law School, 1914–18
Advisor in Foreign Affairs to the Government of Siam, 1918–24
Judge, Supreme Court of Siam, 1919–24
Professor of Law and Librarian, Harvard Law School, 1923–42
Law Librarian of Congress, 1943–46


B.S., University of Cincinnati, 1896
LL.B., University of Cincinnati, 1899
Doctor of the Science of Law, Harvard, 1912

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

Trustee of the Cincinnati Bureau of Municipal Research, 1909–11
Possessor of the Grand Cross of Siam, 1921
Possessor of the Grand Cross of the White Elephant, 1923
Secretary, Cambridge Historical Society
Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States, 1942
Attorney, Legal Division of Transportation Corps of the U.S. War Department, 1942–43
Law School Consultant for Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., 1946–47