Hall of Fame Induction: 2010
Significant AALL Service
Chair, Committee on Loose Leaf Services, 1928–30
AALL Executive Board, 1929–30
AALL Vice President, 1931–33
AALL President, 1933–34
Charter Member, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., May 1939
President, Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., 1939–40 (first president)
Chair, Committee on Cooperation with Latin-American Law Libraries, 1941–42
Professional Honors and Awards
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee: 2010
Selected Publications by the Inductee
Las Siete Partidas. Chicago/New York: Commerce Clearing House, 1931 (with Samuel P. Scott & Charles S. Lobringier).
"Bibliographical Notes on Mexican Session Laws and Compilations: General Legislation,” Law Library Journal 25 (1932): 95–104.
“The Centennial of the Law Library of Congress,” American Bar Association Journal
“Justice for the Law Library,” Federal Bar Association Journal
1 (March 1933): 41–46.
“The Law Library of Congress,” Law Library Journal
28 (1935): 148–60.
“National Law Library,” Federal Bar Association Journal
2 (April 1935): 139–46.
“Need for a Center of Latin-American Legal Study,” American Bar Association Journal
26 (1940): 705–08.
The Background of Hispanic American Law: Legal Sources and Juridical Literature of Spain. New York: Central Book Co., 1943.
Guide to the Law and Legal Literature of Mexico
. Washington: Library of Congress, 1945 (with Helen L. Clagett).
Selected Publications about the Inductee
Harold J. Bowen et al., “[Memorial:] John Thomas Vance,” Law Library Journal 36 (1943): 147–48.
Eldon R. James, “Report of the Special Committee on Facilities of the Law Library of Congress,” Law Library Journal 37 (1944): 99–102. [primarily a profile of Vance]
Attorney, Lexington, Kentucky, 1909–13
Deputy General Receiver of Dominican Customs, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1913–19
Attorney, Lippitt and Vance, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1920–24
Law Librarian of Congress, 1924–43
A.B., Transylvania College, 1905
LL.B., University of Michigan, 1909
LL.M. (Honorary), University of Michigan, 1933
J.S.D., Catholic University of America, 1937
LL.D., Transylvania University, 1940
Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)
Admitted to the practice of law, Kentucky, 1909
Member of the bars in Michigan, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court
ALA Delegate to the Second Congress of Librarians, Mexico, 1928
Delegate First World Congress on Libraries and Bibliography, Rome & Venice, 1929
Delegate, White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, Washington, DC, November 1930
Delegate, Attorney General’s Conference on Crime, Washington, DC, December 1934
Delegate, Second World Congress on Libraries and Bibliography, Madrid, 1935
President, District of Columbia Library Association, 1935–37
Member, American Law Institute