Helen Hargrave, professor emeritus of law, died
on May 15, 1985. She was 90.
Professor Hargrave was born on November 7, 1894,
in Bay City, Michigan. She earned both bachelor's and law degrees
from The University of Texas in 1926.
Professor Hargrave practiced law for several
years. From 1930 to 1939, she was assistant law librarian for
the law school. After studying law librarianship and library science
at Columbia University, she became head of the law library in
1940, a position she held until 1965. Under her leadership, the
law library tripled its holdings and became the largest law library
in the South and Southwest. Professor Hargrave also taught courses
in legal research and legal writing.
Professor Hargrave helped organize the law library
at Texas Southern University. She served as president of the American
Association of Law Libraries. She also contributed to the design
of the law libraries of UT Austin and the Texas Supreme Court.
In 1979 she was selected "distinguished alumna"
by the law school, the first woman graduate to be so honored.
A memorial on Professor Hargrave appeared in the 1984 Proceedings
of the Philosophical Society of Texas. The 1984-85 Law Library
Journal also acknowledged her.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted
on the Faculty Council web site on November 17, 2000. Additional
biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History
Center and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,
The UT Law Library Archives has addtional materials at http://www.law.utexas.edu/rare/archives.htm