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Arthur Beardsley, 1889 - 1950

Information about Dr. Arthur Beardsley, first director of the University of Washington Law Library


Arthur S. Beardsley, 1889 - 1950Dr. Arthur S. Beardsley was appointed as the first director of the University of Washington Law Library in 1922 and served in this post through 1944. Among his many accomplishments as director  was building the library’s collection from 20,000 to 100,000 volumes – notably including Chinese, Japanese, and Russian materials - making the Law Library the tenth largest in the country at the time.

He was the author of many books, including one of the first legal research textbooks, Legal Bibliography and the Use of Law Books (1937). Feeling strongly that lawyers could not be good library administrators without formal library training, in 1939 he established the law librarianship program at the University of Washington.


Guide Contributors

Thanks to Alyssa Thurston (Law Librarianship grad, 2011) and Mariah Ford (Law Librarianship grad, 2012).