Ervin H. Pollack, 1913–1972

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Founder and First President, Ohio Association of Law Libraries, 1949–50

Chair, Joint Committee on Cooperation between American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools, 1951–53
Chair, Committee on Cataloging, 1952–55
Executive Board, 1952–55
Chair, Program Committee, AALL Institute, 1954–55
AALL President Elect, 1957 58
President, 1958–59
Chair, Special Committee on Procedures in Law Libraries, 1966 67
Chair, Joseph Andrews Bibliographic Award Committee, 1966–68
Chair, Ethics of Law Librarians Committee, 1969–72

Professional Honors and Awards

AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

Check-list of Session Laws, Supplement. Boston: National Association of State Libraries, 1941.

"A Survey of the Arranging, Indexing and Binding of the United States Supreme Court Appeal Papers,” Law Library Journal 34 (1941): 203–15.
Ohio Court Rules Annotated. Buffalo, N.Y.: Dennis, 1949.
Legal Research and Materials. Ohio ed. Indianapolis: Allen Smith Co., 1950.
“A Re-Appraisal of the Ohio Administrative Procedure Act,” Ohio State Law Journal 11 (1950): 69–93 (with J. Russell Leach).
“Ohio’s Reported Decisions—An Integrated Survey,” Ohio State Law Journal 11 (1950): 413–35 (with J. Russell Leach).
“A Proposal for the Reassessment of Law School Activities,” Journal of Legal Education 5 (1952): 324–28.
“A Projection for the Revaluation of Unfair Competition,” Ohio State Law Journal 13 (1952): 187–235.
“The History of Legislative Publications in Ohio,” Ohio State Law Journal 13 (1952): 307–49 (with Charles F. O’Brien).
A History of Legislative Publications in Ohio. Columbus: Ohio State University College of Law, 1952.
Ohio Unreported Decisions—Prior to 1823. Indianapolis: Allen Smith Co., 1952.
"The Right of Appeal By Administrative Authority From Adverse Judicial Rulings,” Ohio State Law Journal 14 (1953): 408–24 (with Harriet S. Martin).
Brandeis Reader. New York: Oceana, 1956.
“The Law Librarian as Researcher,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 412–15.
Autonomy versus Integration in Law Library Administration: A Reply to Dr. Price,” Journal of Legal Education 14 (1961): 229–39.
“Unfair Trading by Product Simulation: Rule or Rankle? Ohio State Law Journal 23 (1962): 74–109.
“Natural Rights: Conflict and Consequence,” Ohio State Law Journal 27 (1966): 559–90.
“Miles Oscar Price,” Law Library Journal 62 (1969): 15–16.
Fundamentals of Legal Research. Brooklyn: Foundation Press, 1956 [later editions in 1962 and 1967].
Human Rights.  Buffalo: J. Stewart, 1971.
Jurisprudence. Columbus: Ohio State University, 1979.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

“In Memoriam: Ervin H. Pollack, April 13, 1913—June 9, 1972,” Ohio State Law Review 34 (1972): 1–14.
Mathew Dee, “In Memory of Ervin H. Pollack,” Law Library Journal 65 (1972): 469–70.
Robert Mathews, “In Memory of Ervin Harold Pollack,” Law Library Journal 66 (1973): 112–13.

Professional Positions

Assistant to Librarian, Columbia University Law Library, 1939–41
Librarian, Hays, Podell & Shulman, New York City, 1941–42
Secretary to Chester Bowles, Office of Price Administration, 1942–47
Assistant Professor and Librarian, Ohio State University College of Law, 1947–50
Associate Professor and Librarian, Ohio State University College of Law, 1950–54
Professor and Librarian, Ohio State University College of Law, 1954–59
Professor and Director of Research Services, Ohio State University College of Law, 1959–72


Undergraduate degree, St. Louis University
LL.B., Washington University, 1939
M.L.S., Columbia University, 1941

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside law librarianship)

Admitted to the practice of law, Missouri, 1939
Chair, Building Committee, Ohio State University Law School, 1950’s
Ohio State Bar Association Foundation Fellow,
Member, Board of Trustees, Ohio Legal Center Foundation
Consultant, Library of Congress, 1959–64
Consultant, U.S. Department of State, 1966–72
Economic Consultant, Organization of Central American States, 1970–72
Chair, Ohio State University Rules Committee, 1971–72