Erwin Surrency, 1924–2012

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2012

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Committee on Cooperation with the American Bar Association, 1952–56
Representative to American Library Association, Reference Services Division Committee on Bibliography, 1956–58
Chair, Committee on New Members, 1957–58
Chair, Committee on Committees, 1958–59
Chair, Annual Meeting Program Committee, 1966–67
Chair, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee, 1967–68
Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee, 1968–70
AALL Vice President/President-Elect, 1972–73
AALL President, 1973–74
AALL Immediate Past President, 1974–75
Liaison with Library of Congress Committee, Chair: 1974–75
Chair, Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section,1989–90

Professional Honors and Awards

Surrency Prize for best article of the year in Law and History Review created and named in his honor by American Society for Legal History, 1971
AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2012

Selected Publications by the Inductee

"A Bibliography of the Tentative Drafts of the Restatements," Law Library Journal 44 (1951): 11–25.
Research in Pennsylvania Law. New York: Oceana Publications, 1953 (with Carroll C. Moreland) [2d ed., 1965].
The Marshall Reader: The Life and Contributions of Chief Justice John Marshall, editor. Bicentenary ed. New York: Oceana Publications, 1955.
"Legal Opinions of the Attorney General of the United States: Their Application in the Courts," Temple Law Quarterly 29 (1955): 26–37.
"Weeding a Law Collection," Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 6–9.
"Appointment of Federal Judges in Alabama," American Journal of Legal History 1 (1957): 148–53.
"Federal Trade Commission," Law Library Journal 51 (1958): 28–33.
"A Bibliography of the Tentative Drafts of the Restatements, 1951–1958," Law Library Journal 51 (1958): 216–18.
A Guide to Legal Research. New York: Oceana Publications, 1959 (with Benjamin Feld and Joseph Crea) [supplemented ed., 1966].
"Research in Tax Law," Law Library Journal 53 (1960): 2–14.
"Legal Effects of the Civil War," American Journal of Legal History 5 (1961): 145–60.
"Research in Federal Tax Law," Florida Bar Journal 35 (December 1961): 1128–41.
"Research in the Uniform Commercial Code," 1962 University of Illinois Law Forum: 404–12.
"History of the Federal Courts," Missouri Law Review 28 (1963): 214–44.
"Lawyer and the Revolution," American Journal of Legal History 8 (1964): 125–35.
"Research in the Law of Northern Ireland," Northern Ireland Law Quarterly 15 (March 1964): 77–98.
"Treaty Law of the United States," International & Comparative Law Quarterly 14 (1965): 602–12.
"The Court's Place in History," Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly 44 (1972): 440–53.
"The Evolution of an Urban Judicial System: The Philadelphia Story, 1683–1968," American Journal of Legal History 18 (1974): 95–108.
United State Prison Law: Sentencing to Prison, Prison Conditions, and Release: The Court Decisions, selected and with comments by Sol Rubin. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1975– (vols. 8–10 compiled by Erwin C. Surrency and Robert E. Surrency).
"The Development of the Appellate Function: The Pennsylvania Experience," American Journal of Legal History 20 (1976): 173–91.
Guides to the Use of the Code of Federal Regulations: Title, Reel, and Bibliographic, 1939–1976. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Trans-Media Publications, 1978 (with Robert E. Surrency) [2d ed., 1986, published as The Code of Federal Regulations: Bibliography and Guide to Its Use, 1939–1982].
English, Irish & Scottish Reports Pre-Twentieth Century (United Kingdom Nominatives): Reel Guide & Name Index to the Microfilm Collection: A Bibliography. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Trans-Media, 1979.
"The First American Criminal Code: The Georgia Code of 1816," Georgia Historical Quarterly 64 (1979): 420–34.
Insuring the Law Library: Fire and Disaster Risk Management. New York: Glanville Publishers, 1982 (with Bernard D. Reams).
"The Beginnings of American Legal Literature," American Journal of Legal History 31 (1987): 207–20.
"The Publication of Federal Laws: A Short History," Law Library Journal 79 (1987): 469–84.
History of the Federal Courts. New York: Oceana Publications, 1987. [2d ed., 2002].
A History of American Law Publishing. New York: Oceana Publications, 1990.
"How the United States Perfects an International Agreement," Law Library Journal 85 (1993): 343–56.
Index to International Treaties & Agreements, compiler and editor. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 1994.
"‘Calculated to Promote the General Good': The Development of Local Government in Georgia Towns and Cities," Georgia Historical Quarterly 84 (2000): 381–409.
The Creation of a Judicial System: The History of Georgia Courts, 1733 to present. Holmes Beach, Fla.: Gaunt Inc., 2001.
"The Georgia Code of 1863 and Its Place in the Codification Movement," Journal of Southern Legal History 11 (2003): 81–106.
"The Transition From Colonialism to Independence," American Journal of Legal History 46 (2004): 55–81.
The Work of the Federal Courts in Georgia Over Two Centuries. Atlanta, Ga.: Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, 2006.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Margaret K. Maes, "Entering the Hall of Fame: AALL Honors Bintliff, Chiorazzi, Hein, and Surrency for Professional Leadership," AALL Spectrum 16 (July 2012): 16–17.

Professional Positions

Instructor in European History, University of Georgia, 1947–48
Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Temple University, 1950–78
Fulbright Lecturer and Visiting Professor, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1963–64
Librarian and Professor of Law, University of Georgia, 1979–95
Library Director Emeritus, University of Georgia Law Library, 1995–2012


A.B., University of Georgia, 1947
M.A., University of Georgia, 1948
LL.B., University of Georgia, 1949
M.A.L.S., George Peabody College, 1950

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Library Consultant, American Bar Foundation, 1953–54
Co-Founder and First President, American Society for Legal History, 1957
Founding Editor, American Journal of Legal History, 1957–81 [renamed Law and History Review in 1971]
Consultant, Nigerian Government Law Library, 1975–78