The University of Georgia School of Law announces the passing of former Law Library director Erwin C. Surrency. Professor Surrency was a leader in the law library field, a noted legal scholar and historian. He was director of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library for fifteen years, 1980-1995. He had previously served as the director of the Temple University Law Library, 1950-1979. Read the announcement in the online edition of the Athens Banner-Herald.
Our collegues Joel Fishman, Mark Podvia, and Larry Reilly, in nominating Professor Surrency for inclusion in the AALL Hall of Fame, wrote a biography which well summarizes his career. From the introduction:
Professor Erwin C. Surrency has been a law librarian for sixty years and is well-known in both the law library community and among legal historians. Surrency served thirty-five years as a law librarian, first at Temple University School of Law and then at the University of Georgia School of Law. He is also the co-founder of the American Society of Legal History and the first editor of the American Journal of Legal History. He edited the journal for twenty-four years. He also has had a distinguished career as an author/editor of fourteen books. ... Because of Professor Surrency’s long-term contribution to the Association, the law library profession, legal profession, and the history of Anglo-American law, it is appropriate that we honor him with the publication of our applications and a bibliography of his writings.
Professor Surrency was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston. He had served the association as President in 1973-74. Read the full nomination package in the Spring 2012 issue of the newsletter of the Legal History & Rare Books Special Interest Section, Association of American Law Libraries.
The American Society for Legal History honored Professor Surrency by founding the Surrency Prize awarded for the best article of the year.
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies holds the Erwin C. Surrency Collection of Political Materials.
Leave a remembrance through the Georgia Law Office of Communications.
The April 2014 issue of the American Journal of Legal History is published in honor of Professor Surrency.