108 Law Libr. J. 691 (2016)
Memorial: Peter S. Nycum (1941-2015)

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LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL Vol. 108:4 [2016-32]


                               Memorial: Peter S. Nycum (1941-2015)


                             Amazingly  Upbeat*

    I1 Peter Nycum, professor emeritus of law, died October 5, 2015, with his wife,
Marilyn, by his side. Nycum joined the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty and was
appointed director of the Boley Law Library in 1978. He had a deep love and appre-
ciation for the law school, the faculty, and the staff, but especially for the many law
students who crossed his path.
    S2 Peter received his B.A. (1963), LL.B. (1967), and M.L.S. (1968) all from his
hometown   school, the University of Pittsburgh. His legal information career began
in the mid-1960s at the Health Law Center of the University of Pittsburgh, where
he helped  create a legal information retrieval system. Early positions included
stints as the assistant director of the Allegheny County Law Library in Pittsburgh,
manager  of user services for the Stanford University Computer Center, and direc-
tor of the San Mateo County  Law  Library. He also developed and ran his own
microfilm publishing company, Legal Information Science Corporation, before it
was acquired by Xerox Corporation in the 1970s.
    S3 Under  Peter's directorship, the Boley Law Library collection grew from
120,000 volumes in 1978 to more than 500,000 volume equivalents, an accomplish-
ment  the law school celebrated during the 2004-2005 academic year. Although he
remained  a dedicated print enthusiast, Peter made sure the law library moved
quickly to adopt new technology. In 1981, the law library became one of the first
institutions in the country to offer law students both LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Highlights of his career include the establishment of the Peter S. Nycum Rare Book
Room  in 2002, along with sharing the stage with Supreme Court Justice Antonin
Scalia during the dedication ceremony for new library space. Peter also worked
closely with Portland author Phillip Margolin to create the Doreen Margolin Law
in Popular Culture Collection. Throughout his many years at Lewis & Clark, Peter
taught legal writing and research, computer law, and legal ethics. His greatest cur-
ricular passion, however, was reserved for his legal history courses and seminars.
    S4 When  I joined the Boley Law Library staff as reference librarian in 1994,
stories about Peter Nycum's early years at the law library had become legend; luck-
ily many more stories were to be written over the course of the next seventeen years
of Peter's tenure as library director. Peter started many traditions at the library
and law school during his thirty-three years in charge of the library. Librarians
Kathy Faust and Lynn Williams, who were Peter's first hires after he came onboard
as library director in 1978, recalled that the early traditions included both Beer
Friday and Daiquiri Tuesday. The former was a social event held on Friday after-
noons, the latter was a more relaxed way to get through Tuesday morning acquisi-

    *  Tami Gierloff, 2016.


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