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Rosamond Parma (1884-1946)
Born to Italian immigrant parents in Santa Barbara in 1884, Rosamond Parma was the University of California’s first law librarian and first female president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) (1930-32). Parma was director of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall library from the day it opened, in 1911, until her retirement in 1935. Her duties included ordering and cataloging books, helping library users, and generally overseeing the law school operations. She worked 14 hours a day, 6 days a week. Parma was also secretary and eventually manager of the California Law Review. In 1919, she was awarded a JD. Three years later, she was appointed Lecturer in Legal Bibliography and taught at Boalt until her retirement. During her 24 years as law librarian, Boalt library grew from 9000 to 55,000 volumes and was considered one of the leading law collections in the state. Parma was elected a life member of AALL in 1937 and was in the inaugural class of the AALL Hall of Fame in 2010.
Rosamond Parma was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2016. For more information about her, please see:
Ginny Irving, “Miss Rosamund [sic] Parma: Boalt Hall's First Law Librarian,” NOCALL News, May/June 1995, 15-18. https://nocalltechnology.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/1995mayjun.pdf
Photo credit: 26 California Law Review 108, 1937-1938.