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Harrison McAllister Randall
The Michigan Alumnus 127

He Began Working In The University Library 
When A Student

Samuel W. McAllister, 16, 
 A.M.'22, Associate Librarian of 
the University and Lecturer in Library Science, is Librarian William
 W. Bishop's right hand man in charge
 of service to the University public. 

Mr. McAllister came to the Campus
 from Antioch College and worked in 
the Library at the Main Desk dur
ing his Senior year. With his appointment after graduation as As
sistant in Charge of the Upper
 Study Hall—then in the Old Li
brary where he was "custodian" of 
the famous "Whispering Gallery"—
his career was determined. It was 
interrupted, however, while he served 
with the A.E.F. as First Lieutenant 
in the Infantry and remained with
 the Army of Occupation at Trier, 
 close to the Luxemburg border.

became Librarian at the Ann Arbor 
Public Library in 1922, remaining 
in that post until 1928 when he 
went to Mount Pleasant for two years as Librarian at Central State
 Teachers College. Meanwhile he 
had received his degree in Library 
Science at Columbia and joined 
Michigan's Library staff with his 
present rank, in 1931. Each first se
mester and summer session he lec
tures in the Library Science Depart

Mr. McAllister has three 
children, the eldest of whom—a son
—is a Freshman in the University. 
 One of his hobbies is Colonial architecture. He made practical applica
tion of his best ideas in the design
ing of his own home into which the 
family moved last winter.

When Mr. 
McAllister was a student one of his 
favorite teachers was the late Herb
ert S. Mallory, Professor of Rhetoric, who once owned the land on
 which the house is built.

The Professor, insistent on the observation
 of the "unities" in his students'
 writing, would think it fitting 
that McAllister—a Scot—lives on
 Heather Way at Aberdeen, streets
 which the Professor himself had