Anderson, Hazel

Anderson, JD
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Hazel Anderson
  • Law Librarian for the University of Kansas for 31 years
  • State President of Business and Professional Women
  • Founded the Southwestern Association of Law Librarians
  • National legal adviser for Business and Professional Women for 20 years

Hazel Anderson, March 23, 1897-November 12, 1974, served as Law Librarian for the University of Kansas for 31 years. She received her BA from KU in 1930 and her law degree from KU in 1945. As a student, she was also involved in the Sigma Kappa social sorority and Phi Delta Delta, an honorary sorority for women in law.

She was a past state president of Business and Professional Women, whom she also served as state librarian for as well as the national legal adviser for 20 years. Ms. Anderson was a member of the American Association of Law Librarians, the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of University Women, the Kansas Library Association, and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

In 1936 Hazel "Andy" Anderson was named the first full-time librarian for the Law Library and volume count began to increase quickly. Hazel was a beloved librarian who never charged attorneys from around the state for legal research and taught Legal Bibliography. In 1958 she became a founding member of SWALL (Southwestern Association of Law Libraries) and gained her first assistant in the Law Library in 1959. Hazel also wrote the manual for student assistants and the "Where to find it?" binder; both are still used today as expanded and valuable resources. Hazel retired at age 70 in 1967 and passed away on November 12, 1974. Each year the law school holds a book sale in her honor.

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