Mary W. Oliver, 1919–2005

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

President, Carolinas Chapter, 1953–54
President, Southeastern Chapter of the AALL, 1954–55
Chair, Committee on Chapters, 1955–56
Chair, Education Committee, 1958–61, 1964–65
Member, Certification Board, 1966–69, 1969–72 (Chair, 1968–69)
Vice President/President-Elect, 1971–72
President, 1972–73
Immediate Past President, 1973–74
Chair, Liaison with the Library of Congress Committee, 1973–74

Professional Honors and Awards

Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1992
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

“Miles O. Price,” Law Library Journal 62 (1969): 21–22 (with Lucile M. Elliott).
“Orientation of New Personnel in the Law Library,” Law Library Journal 65 (1972): 140–42.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Laura N. Gasaway & Judith W. Wegner, “Women at UNC and in the Practice of Law,” North Carolina Law Review 73 (1995): 705–24 (profile of Oliver at 717–18).
Laura N. Gasaway, “Women as Directors of Academic Law Libraries,” in Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives, edited by Laura N. Gasaway and Michael G. Chiorazzi, 497, 526–27. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman, 1996. (Includes photo and profile.)
Laura N. Gasaway, “Memorial: Mary W. Oliver (1919–2005),” Law Library Journal 97 (2005): 851–52.

Professional Positions

Assistant Librarian, Rutgers Law School Library, 1943–45
Assistant Librarian, University of Virginia Law Library, 1945–47
Assistant Librarian, Drake University Law School Library, 1947–49
Research Assistant, Institute of Government, University of North Carolina, 1951–52
Assistant Librarian, University of North Carolina Law Library, 1952–55

Assistant Professor and Law Librarian, University of North Carolina Law Library, 1955–60 (first woman on North Carolina faculty)
Associate Professor and Law Librarian, University of North Carolina Law Library, 1960–69
Professor of Law and Library Science and Law Librarian, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1969–84
Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1984–2005


A.B., Western Maryland College, 1940
B.S.L.S., Drexel University, 1943
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1951

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

Admitted to practice, North Carolina, 1951
Member, Executive Committee, Association of American Law Schools, 1979–82
Chair, Law Libraries Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 1984–85
Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Facilities of the Law Library of Congress, 1985–89)