Helen C. Newman, 1904–65

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Committee on Expansion Plan, 1933–34
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Association of American Law Schools, 1933–35
AALL Treasurer, 1934–35
AALL Executive Secretary, 1935–45 (first AALL paid staff member)
Editor, Law Library Journal, 1934–42
AALL Incorporator, District of Columbia, September 23, 1935 (with Richard C. DeWolf and Mary Alice Matthews)
Charter Member, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., April 18, 1939 (presided over organizational meeting)
President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1943–45
AALL Executive Board, 1946–47
AALL President-Elect, 1948–49
AALL President, 1949–50
Chair, Nominating Committee, 1951–52
Chair, Committee on Golden Jubilee Issue of the Law Library Journal, 1953–56

Professional Honors and Awards

Alumni Achievement Award, George Washington University, 1947
Special Citation for Outstanding Contributions and Dedicated Service to the Profession and to AALL, 1959
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“William Cranch, Judge, Law School Professor, and Reporter,” Law Library Journal 26 (1933: 74–91.
“A Librarian’s Approach to Problems in the Smaller Law School Libraries,” Law Library Journal 32 (1939): 78–94.
“A Decade of Progress Under the Roalfe Plan, 1931–1941,” Law Library Journal 35 (1942): 419–23.

A Law Librarian Talks Shop with the Lawyer Veterans: A Discussion of Late Law Books with Special Emphasis on the War Years, 1939–1945, Together with a Subject Guide. St. Paul: West, 1946.
"History of the American Association of Law Libraries: The Roalfe Plan and the Middle Years, 1930–1942,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 105–17.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Bernita J. Davies, “Who’s Who In Law Libraries: Helen Newman, Associate Librarian, Supreme Court of the United States,” Law Library Journal 39 (1946): 17–19.
Bernita J. Davies, “In Memory of Helen,” Law Library Journal 59 (1966): 154–61.
Earl Warren, “Helen in the Court,” Law Library Journal 59 (1966): 162–63.
Chesterfield Oppenheim, “Helen in Academe,” Law Library Journal 59 (1966): 164–65.
Meade, Jennie. “Helen Newman: GW’s Trailblazing Law Librarian.” A Legal Miscellanea 8 (Autumn 2011): 6–10.

Professional Positions

Librarian, George Washington University Law School, 1927–42
Associate Librarian, Supreme Court of the United States, 1942–47
Librarian, Supreme Court of the United States, 1947–65


LL.B., George Washington University, 1925
LL.M., George Washington University, 1927

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to practice of law, District of Columbia, 1926
Member, AALS Library Problems Round Table Council, 1940, 1942
Member, Board of Trustees, George Washington University, 1950–59
Member, American Law Institute