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95 Law Libr. J. 331 (2003)
Remembrances of Adolf Sprudzs

handle is hein.journals/llj95 and id is 333 raw text is: Remembrances of Adolf Sprudzs

Douglas Baird*
T1 Mr. Sprudzs (as we called him) presented himself shortly after the arrival of any
new faculty member. In his soft-spoken and impeccably polite way, he suggested
the parts of the international law collection that might be of interest. On my first
day on the faculty, for example, Mr. Sprudzs appeared in my office and introduced
himself. He treated me with a deference that, at age twenty-six and only just out
of school, was quite undeserved, but then he quickly cut to the chase. He knew of
my interest in commercial law, and he had come armed with a new book on inter-
national letters of credit that he was sure I would want to read. Moreover, I was
the ideal person to review it for the International Journal of Law Libraries (now
the International Journal of Legal Information), of which he was then a senior edi-
tor. Thus, my first day as an assistant professor included both an introduction to
Adolf Sprudzs and, not coincidentally, the start of what was to be my first publi-
cation as a legal academic. A good beginning.
2 All of us watched with admiration how this wonderfully upbeat and careful
man looked after and nourished his collection of international law with the dedi-
cation that would be the envy of any gardener. We took vicarious pride whenever
visiting scholars arrived, inspected the portion of the collection devoted to their
country's legal system, and discovered that it rivaled the law library they had left
behind. Year in and year out, as budgets ebbed and flowed and as deans came and
went, Mr. Sprudzs and his collection always flourished.
3 He will be much missed.
Gerhard Casper**
i Adolf Sprudzs, foreign law librarian and lecturer in legal bibliography, came to
the University of Chicago in August 1965. At that time, the law school library had
initiated a development program that aimed at the in-depth acquisition of legal
materials for the European Economic Community countries and some other
selected areas of the world. The appointment of Mr. Sprudzs was an essential step
in the successful implementation of this program. The law school already pos-
sessed a particularly rich collection of French and German legal publications, inter
alia, and a faculty that included several European-trained law professors. The most
influential of these was Max Rheinstein, who was instrumental in the growth of
the foreign and comparative law program at the University of Chicago. The part-
nership of Professor Rheinstein and Mr. Sprudzs combined their great knowledge,
* Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago,
Illinois. Dean of the University of Chicago Law School, 1994-99.
** Professor of Law, President Emeritus, Stanford University. Dean of the University of Chicago Law
School, 1979-87.

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