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    Law Library History

    1944

    • November 20, 1944 – Commissioners Court passes resolution creating Tarrant County Law Library
    • December 1, 1944 – Effective date of Commissioners Court resolution
    • Homa S. Hill, "Father of the Law Library," becomes the first Chairman of Library Committee

    1945

    • May 17, 1945 – George W. Steere becomes first law librarian
    • July 1945 – Law Library's Rules and Regulations adopted by Commissioner's Court
    • October 1, 1945 – Library officially opens to the public (located in 1895 Courthouse)

    1946

    • January 1, 1946 – Law Library and Court of Appeals jointly hire a janitor, Sherman Williams, to replace the previous janitor, Israel Batteau, who died in December 1945

    1948

    • George W. Steere passed away
    • Gueneth A. Babcock becomes law librarian

    1958

    • Law Library and Court of Appeals move to second floor of Civil Courts Building

    1962

    • Gueneth A. Babcock passed away
    • Dell DeHay becomes first professional law librarian to serve at Tarrant County Law Library

    1969

    • Homa S. Hill ceases serving as Chairman of the Library Committee after 25 years

    1973

    • Robert "Bob" Hobbs becomes Chairman of the Library Committee

    1974

    • Jack C. Wessler becomes the Chairman of the Library Committee

    1975

    • Frances Perry hired as assistant librarian

    1977

    • April 23, 1977 – Jane G. Olm conducts independent review of the Tarrant County Law Library and gives high praises to it and Librarian Dell DeHay

    1979

    • Commissioners Court officially changes name of library to Dell DeHay Law Library of Tarrant County in honor of her many years of service
    • Dell DeHay passed away
    • Frances Perry becomes law librarian

    1981

    • Law Library opens two branch libraries at Tarrant County (Junior) College Northeast campus and University of Texas at Arlington

    1982

    • Sharon Wayland hired as assistant librarian

    1983

    • Law Library moves back to newly renovated 1895 Courthouse

    1985

    • Smoking banned in Law Library

    1988

    • Jack C. Wessler announces he will step down as Chairman of the Library Committee after 14 years
    • Wallace Craig becomes Chairman of the Library Committee
    • Peggy Martindale becomes Assistant Librarian for Public Services

    1989

    • December 1989 – Frances Perry retired from law librarian position, but stayed on part-time

    1990

    • Sharon Wayland becomes Director of Law Library (head of library no longer referred to as Law Librarian)

    1991

    • Tarrant County Association of Law Libraries founded by Sharon Wayland and Peggy Martindale

    1997

    • Judge Michael Schattman becomes Chairman of the Library Committee

    1999

    • Richard Bourland and Dennis Sheehan become joint Chairmen of the Library Committee
    • November 1, 1999 – Law Library no longer open on Saturdays

    2000

    • Tarrant County Bar Association passed resolution in opposition to Law Library's merger with Texas Wesleyan School of Law Library

    2005

    • Law Library adopts new Library Advisory Committee and Commissioners Court approves

    2006

    • Judge David Evans becomes Chairman of Library Advisory Committee

    2008

    • Law Library officially closed its two branch libraries

    2009

    • Frances Perry retires

    2013

    • Sharon Wayland retires
    • Holly Gerber becomes Director of the Law Library

    2019

    • Cara Sitton becomes Director of Law Library

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