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June 17, 1935

To Charles K. Burdick, Dean Cornell Law School Ithaca, Hew York Sir: I have the honor to submit for your considera­ tion the annual report of the Cornell Law Library for the year ending June 17, 1935. This year the Library suffered a tremendous loss in the passing of Mr. Willever, who had been librarian for twenty—four years.

He was largely responsible for the

reputation and importance this Library now has.

Ho greater

tribute can be paid Mr. Willever than is expressed in the words of a former student assistant: “He taught me in hie unassuming way that the ‘life beautiful* is a prize not for the keen, the shrewd and the overbearing, but rather for the simple, kindly folks who do their daily tasks honestly and humbly.

All of us cannot be what the world

calls great, but most of us can be great to our intimates in leaving the stamp of a human and a humane outlook upon them.

Such was Mr. Will-

over* s contribution to life." During the year, 2,309 volumes have been access­


These added to the total shown In the last report

of June 22, 1934, after deducting the seven volumes in­ dicated below by their accession numbers, make a total of 75,702. (Replacements): B32786, B31137, LA13316, LA13313, 1A13806, B26257, B26258. The following important sets were addea or complet­ ed during the year: Bogert: Law of trusts and trustees. 2 sets. (1 set autographed by the author and presented to the Library by Bean Woodruff) Detroit Legal News Hazard*s Register of Pennsylvania 16v. International Law Association Reports Justice of the Peace Reports Justice’s Law Reports Los Angeles Bar Association Bulletin MoAdam: Landlord and Tenant Paul 4 Mertens? Law of Federal Income Taxation Papers relating to Foreign Affairs Restatement of the Law of Contracts. California annotations Florida * Indiana Iowa Massachusetts Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Nebraska Rhode Island w Texas

During the year 404 volumes have been received as gifts. Since my report for 1934, 239 volumes have been added to the Bennett Collection of Statute Law.

Last year

we had the opportunity of checking for the first time our session laws from 1850 to 1933.

During this year we have

succeeded in obtaining needed session laws by purchase or exchange so that now our collection from 1850 to 1933 is nearly complete.

We have exchanged about 150 duplicate

session laws for items whioh we needed.

Our session laws

from 1850 to 1933 in the following states have been corapletedt Alabama California Illinois Indiana Iowa Massachusetts

Minnesota Hew Jersey Worth Dakota South Dakota Tennessee Texas Virginia

We have just received a check-list of session laws prior to 1850 and are now engaged in checking this. We have been pleased to purchase about fifty official publications which we needed for our Myron Taylor Collection of League of nations material.

This leaves

such a small number of wants that we are confident that the collection can be completed within the very near future*

We have rearranged the international Law Room

so that the books are more advantageously placed.

One of

our greatest accomplishments in this field was our complet足 ion of the International Law Association Reports which we have attempted to secure over a period of years. Approximately 11,700 books have been recatalogued during the year.

These include State and United States

Reports, Borne texts and statutes.

A ehelf-list whereby

books can be chocked by their position in the Library has been started. Our Library has lacked adequate material in Work足 men1s Compensation Reports and Opinions and Attorney Gen足 eral's Reports and Opinions in the various states.


have conducted an intensive campaign this year to obtain this material and have met with success, having obtained Attorney General's Reports from twenty-seven states fra* whom we had previously none.

Our Bar Association,collection,

Which also includes journals and .bulletins published by the various Bar Associations, is rapidly approaching completion, le have added some exceedingly scarce material and feel con足 fident that we have erne of the best collections in the country. In some instances we have been able to secure these only by n personal canvas of the Bar Association members.

We have

important additions to our Judicial Council and Law Revision Reports. Our legal periodical collection, we have been told, le one of the very best there is.

In view of this fact, we



are careful to keep It up to date and to add to it the many periodicals which are constantly being published. We have made a complete check of our material in this field in order to obtain any items which we need should they appear for sale or exchange.

We have been pleased to ex­

change enough of our unbound duplicate periodicals to secure almost a complete set of the Minnesota Law Review. Since my last report 613 volumes have been bound and repaired by the local binder.

We have collated and

bound 115 Briefe of the New York Court of Appeals and 81 Briefs of the United States Supreme Court. Our P.E.R.A. assistants have aided us in the following projects: (1) Preparing a chart of the Kings, Lord Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, Masters of the Rolls, and Lord Chief Justices arranged chronologically, which Mr. Marshall has agreed to have printed for us. (3) Arranging of trial collection and getting partial information for recataloguing that. (3) Assisting in getting information for recatalogu­ ing reports. (4) Making a card catalogue of briefs. (5) Compiling a complete bibliography of our equity collection for Mr. Marshall’s use in view of the fact that he has promised to leave us his equity library at some future date. Because of the defcAihlinvolved, projects 3,3, and 4 have &ot been completed.



I wish to thank the members of the Law Faculty for their cooperation during the past year.

Respectfully submitted,


Cornell Law Library Annual Report 1935  
Cornell Law Library Annual Report 1935