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Student Law Librarians

In June 1895, the Board of Regents voted to set aside annual fees paid by law students for the creation and maintenance of a law library. A portion of that sum went to the position of law librarian. The earliest law librarians were recent Bachelor of Laws graduates who held the position of Fellow and Law Librarian while they Old Main, circa 1896 completed their studies for a Master of Laws.

Old Main, the first building
of the University of Texas,
circa 1896

The holdings of the law library were contained in a room adjoining the lecture room used for law classes in the basement of Old Main. The collection contained the Texas Reports, United States Reports, American Decisions, American Reports, American State Reports, New York Reports, Federal Reporter, and Revised English Reports, as well as works on civil law, American and English constitutional law and history.

In addition to purchases made with the annual fees, donations came from former students and friends of the department. In 1896, the law library consisted of approximately 3,000 books and was open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sunday.

By 1899, the position was included in the university catalogue. The law librarian and assistant librarian were chosen from "the most worthy members of the Senior class who are desirous of prosecuting their studies further in the Graduate class." Compensation for each position was $200.

Initially a joint library position and fellowship for a graduate student, in 1902 the practice of appointing both a day and night librarian, typically members of the senior class, began. Student law librarian appointments continued until 1911, when Department of Law graduate and former student librarian Wilbur Cleaves took the position.

Three student law librarians were appointed for the 1908-1909 academic year. The same year, the Law Department moved from its original location in Old Main to its own building, later named Pearce Hall. The library was located on the second floor.

The following list includes the students who held the positions of law librarian and assistant librarian at the University of Texas.

Henry Clay Struve, 1895-1896
Fellow and Law Librarian
LL.B. 1894, LL.M. 1896

 

John McQuesne Patterson, 1896-1897
Fellow and Law Librarian
LL.B. 1896, LL.M 1897

John Crawford Saner, 1897-1898
Fellow and Law Librarian
LL.B. 1897, LL.M. 1898

Lamar Bethea, 1898-1899
Fellow and Law Librarian
LL.B. 1898, LL.M. 1899

Ira Polk Hildebrand, 1899-1900
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1899, LL.M 1900

Elmer Palmer Stockwell, 1900-1901
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1900, LL.M. 1901

Harry Rhodes Bondies, 1901-1902
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1901

Benjamin Grayson Haskell, 1895-1896
Assistant Law Librarian
LL.B. 1896

Jefferson Davis Todd, 1896-1897
Assistant Law Librarian
LL.B. 1896, LL.M. 1898

Anton Norwall Moursund, 1897-1898
Assistant Law Librarian
LL.B. 1897, LL.M. 1898

Bernard Boyle Hemphill, 1898-1899
Assistant Law Librarian
LL.B. 1898, LL.M. 1899

William Edgar Miller, 1899-1900
Assistant Law Librarian
LL.B. 1899, LL.M. 1900

Jules Henri Tallichet, 1900-1901
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1900, LL.M. 1901

Samuel Fenner Leslie, 1901-1902
Assistant Law Librarian
LL.B. 1902

James DuBose Walthall, 1902-1903
Day Librarian
LL.B. 1903

William Preston McGinnis, 1903-1904
Day Librarian
LL.B. 1904

George Terrell Cope, 1904-1905
Day Librarian
LL.B. 1905

Holland E. Bell, 1905-1906
Day Librarian
LL.B. 1907

Arthur Linial Meadows, 1906-1907
Day Librarian
no degree awarded

Edwin Dabney, 1902-1903
Night Librarian
LL.B. 1903

Talley DeLoach Britt, 1903-1904
Night Librarian
LL.B. 1904

Albert Duke Robertson, 1904-1905
Night Librarian
LL.B. 1906

Edmund Burke Griffin, 1905-1906
Night Librarian
LL.B. 1906

William Pharmer Leslie, 1906-1907
Night Librarian
LL.B. 1907

Towne Young, 1908-1909
Assistant Librarian
LL.B. 1909

Wilbur Mundy Cleaves, 1908-1909
Assistant Librarian
LL.B. 1909

Franklin Pierce McElwrath, 1909-1910
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1910

Clifton Mott Caldwell, 1910-1911
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1911

Oscar O'Neil Touchstone, 1908-1909
Assistant Librarian
LL.B. 1909

 

 

Charles Hume Smoot, 1909-1910
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1910

Walter Grady Miller, 1910-1911
Law Librarian
LL.B. 1912

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