Margaret Center Klingelsmith, 1852–1931

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Charter Member, July 1906 (only woman)
AALL Vice President, 1912–14

Professional Honors and Awards

Honorary Master of Laws Degree, University of Pennsylvania, 1916
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

Pennsylvania Law Affecting Women and Children, 1900. Pennsylvania Woman Suffrage Association, 1900.
“A Rhapsody of Antiquated Law,” American Law Register 52 (1904): 755–63.
“Two Theories in Regard to the Implied Powers of the Constitution,” American Law Register 54 (1906): 214–29.
“James Wilson and the So-Called Yazoo Frauds,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 56 (1908): 1–27.
“Stonore Said,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 61 (1913): 381–96.
Statham's Abridgment of the Law. Boston: Boston Book Co., 1915.
“New Readings of Old Law,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 66 (1918): 107–22.
“Cataloging According to Legal Principles,” Law Library Journal 11 (1919): 79–82.
“J.G. Marvin: An Appreciation,” Law Library Journal 15 (1923): 71–75.
“Early Bills in Equity,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review 71 (1923): 115–26.
“Law Libraries as the Source of the Study of History and Sociology,” Law Library Journal 19 (1926): 67–72.
“Report of the Librarian on Her Trip to England and the Continent 1910,” Law Library Journal 58 (1965): 253–69.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

“In Memoriam: Margaret Center Klingelsmith,” Law Library Journal 24 (1931): 64.

Laura N. Gasaway, “Women as Directors of Academic Law Libraries.” In Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi, 497, 514–15. Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1996. (Includes profile and photo of Klingelsmith.)

Professional Positions

Law Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, 1899–1931


LL.B., University of Pennsylvania, 1898 (member of first class to accept women)

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

Second woman to be licensed to practice law in Philadelphia