William D. Murphy, 1916–1996

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1954–55
Chair, Education Committee, 1956–57
Chair, Committee on Chapters, 1957–58
President, Chicago Association of Law Libraries, 1959–60
AALL Treasurer, 1959–64
Chair, Committee on Private Law Libraries, 1965–66
Co-Chair, Headquarters Fund Campaign Committee, 1966–67
AALL President-Elect, 1966–67
AALL President, 1967–68
AALL Past President, 1968–69
Chair, Liaison with the Library of Congress Committee, 1968–69
Chair, Foreign Law Indexing Committee, 1969–70, 1971–72
Chair, Headquarters Committee, 1970–77
Chair, Program Committee, 1972 Annual Meeting (Chicago), 1971–72
Member, Ethics Commission, 1981–83
Member, Special Committee on Financial Planning, 1982–84
Member, Task Force on Nominating Procedures, 1982–84
Chair, Financial Advisory Committee, 1984–86
Treasurer, Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Advisory Committee, Treasurer, 1984–85
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee, 1987 Annual Meeting (Chicago), 1986–87
Acting AALL Executive Director,1988–89

Professional Honors and Awards

Chicago Association of Law Libraries Agnes & Harvey T. Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship, 1983
Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1987
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“The Education of a Law Librarian—A Panel” (panelist), Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 368–74.
“The American Association of Law Libraries,” Law Librarian 3 (1972): 24–25.
“The Library of Congress and Its Influence on Law Librarianship” (panelist),  Law Library Journal 69 (1976): 554–61.

"Professional Organizations.” In Law Librarianship: A Handbook, edited by Patrick E. Kehoe and Heinz Peter Mueller, 777–803. Littleton, Colo., Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1983 (AALL Publications series no. 19).
“Memorial: Harvey Todd Campbell Reid,” Law Library Journal 77 (1985): 611–12 .

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Frank G. Houdek, “From the Editor: Bill Murphy Remembered,” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 145–47.
“Remembrances of William D. Murphy,” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 148–57.

Professional Positions

Assistant Librarian, University of Chicago Law School Library, 1950–52
Librarian, Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago), 1952–81
Librarian Emeritus, Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago), 1981–88


B.S., North Dakota State University, 1946
M.A., University of Chicago Graduate Library School, 1953

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Instrumental in creation of Chicago Municipal Reference Library, since disassembled in 1992 and collection now housed at the Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library