October 10, 2006
Cincinnati Law Alum, Alfred K. Nippert, Jr., Makes Largest Donation of Legal Resources to Robert S. Marx Law Library Collection
Alfred K. Nippert, Jr.('76) has donated 60,000 volumes to the Robert S. Marx Law Library, adding depth to its collection of 19th and early 20th century legal resources. His collection of law books includes the Nippert & Nippert law firm library which spans more than three Nippert generations, three full semi-truck loads of materials Al purchased from the Dade County (FL) Law Library Annex plus numerous other resources from his personal collection of law books.
"Being in a position to make this gift means this collection won't be dissipated. It won't end up in a dumpster or a library that has an approach toward preserving a collection that is different from mine. For a small firm to hold on to a collection of this significance when it should be available to all seems too much like hoarding. Virginia Thomas [Director, Law Library & Information Technology] is the reason the gift was made at this time: Her philosophy about retention is much the same as mine. Electronic research only goes back so far usually the 1920's or 30’s and the early treatises are virtually never available in that format.” - Alfred K. Nippert, Jr.
It is been my great pleasure to work with Al on this project. His knowledge of 19th-early 20th century legal bibliography is top-notch; I should have taken notes during our many conversations. I would like to thank our Law Library's Acquisition Librarian, Cynthia Aninao, for taking the lead in processing this donation and all law library staff members who are helping us process this very significant donation.
The Cincinnati Law press release includes additional information about Al Nippert, his family's long-term relationship with the University of Cincinnati and the College of Law, and the Nippert donation. [JH]
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