HARGRAVE, HELEN (1894–1985). Helen Hargrave, law librarian, was born on November 7, 1894, in Bay City, Michigan, the daughter of Edward Carrollton and Victoria Regina (Holmes) Hargrave. After her parents died in the early 1920s, she moved to Austin to live with her sister and brother-in-law. In 1922 she entered the University of Texas and four years later, after completing the requirements for both undergraduate and law degrees, she began practicing law. In 1930 she joined the staff of the University of Texas School of Law as assistant law librarian, a position she held until 1939. The next year she studied law librarianship and library science at Columbia University, then returned to Austin in the fall to become head librarian of the University of Texas law library. For the next thirty-one years she oversaw a vast increase in the library's holdings, often traveling the state herself to inquire about rare and important books available through lawyers' collections. She developed for the University of Texas one of the largest academic law libraries in the South and Southwest. She also studied law library architecture and interior arrangements and contributed design ideas for both the University of Texas law school and the law library of the Texas Supreme Court. She helped organize the law library at Texas Southern University. During the Tidelands Controversy she assisted the state attorney general's office in its research on legal issues pertaining to offshore mineral rights.
Hargrave was well known for her close involvement with law students. During World War II she published a newsletter for former and current students in the military and circulated it worldwide. She assisted in the law school's arrangements with the Student Research Board, which allowed students to research legal cases for practicing attorneys, and in the Law School Legal Aid Clinic. Her position in the law school included a professorial appointment, and in this capacity she regularly taught a freshman course on legal bibliography. In 1957 she became the first Texan to be elected president of the American Association of Law Libraries. She was also a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Philosophical Society of Texas, the City of Austin Library Commission, and the Episcopalian Church. In 1965 she reduced her university work to part-time; in 1971 she entered full retirement and was named a professor emeritus of the law school. She became the first woman to receive the University of Texas law school distinguished graduate award in 1979. Helen Hargrave died in Austin on May 15, 1985. A memorial service was held for her three days later at Westminster Manor Chapel, Austin. She never married; her survivors included numerous nieces and nephews.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Debbie Mauldin Cottrell, "Hargrave, Helen," accessed May 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhads.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles