108 Law Libr. J. 697 (2016)
Memorial: Erwin C. Surrency (1924-2012)

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                           Memorial:   Erwin  C. Surrency  (1924-2012)*


    ¶1 Erwin Campbell Surrency was born in Jessup, Georgia, and graduated from
the University of Georgia, B.A. (1947), LL.B. (1948), M.A. (1949), and Georgia
Peabody  College, M.A.L.S. (1950). He was professor of law and law librarian at
Temple University School of Law Library from 1950 to 1979 and then director of
the University of Georgia Law Library from 1979 to 1994. Among his contempo-
raries he was well known for his bibliographical knowledge, especially after build-
ing up the Temple law library collection, only to see the library burn down in the
early 1970s, and having to rebuild the collection a second time.
    12 His professional activities included cataloging the library collection of the
American  Bar Foundation, assisting in setting up the Supreme Court Historical
Society, serving as a Fulbright lecturer at Queens University in Belfast from 1963 to
1664, and attending an IALL  Institute in Nigeria in February to March 1974.
Locally, he spoke at the Institute on Legal Biography at the Law Librarians of New
England fall workshop in 1973 and served as cochair (with Frances Farmer and
Julius J. Marke) of the conference on Expanding Use of Microform in Law Libraries
at N.Y.U. Law School in April 1973.
    13 Erwin served in a number of leadership positions within AALL. Beginning
in the 1950s, he was an active member who served on numerous committees and
special interest sections; he eventually became President of the Association (1973-
1974). He served as the AALL  representative to the American Bar Association
(1952-1956), member  of the Committee on Microcards (1953-1954), member of
the ALA Joint Committee's Executive Board on Bibliography (1955-1956), mem-
ber of the Audio-Visual Committee (1961-1963), representative to the Council of
National Library Associations' Joint Library Committee on Copyright Law (1967-
1968), member of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee (1970-1972) and Chair
(1968-1970), member  of the Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee (1978-
1979), and member  of the Awards Committee  (1995-1997). He was  one of the
founders of the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section in 1989.
    14 As the Association's President (1973-1974) he created the Task Force on
Organization that eventually led to the restructuring of the Association in 1976 by
introducing the very popular Special Interest Sections.
    S5 Given his wide-ranging interests, Erwin participated in nine panel sessions
at the annual conference, including ones in 1952, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1968,
1971, 1972, and 1973. He presented papers at several of these panels. He also led
the business meeting when he was President in 1974.
    16 Erwin is perhaps best known as the cofounder of the American Society for
Legal History, its first president, and the first editor of the American Journal ofLegal


    * © Joel Fishman, 2016.


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