Eighth Circuit Historical Society

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

Ann Fessenden Ann Fessenden
Circuit Librarian for the Eighth Circuit

The Eighth Circuit's Longest Serving Circuit Librarian


Biographical Brochure
Biographical Display
Ann Fessenden Bobblehead

On April 15, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals honored retiring Circuit Librarian Ann Fessenden during its annual Employee Awards ceremony. Judges, court staff, members of the Historical Society Executive Committee, and Ann’s family were in attendance. Ann received her 30 year service award, a retirement certificate from the Administrative Office, and a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Chief Judge William Jay Riley presided, calling Ann a library legend and thanking her for her 30 years of excellent and dedicated service and for making the Eighth Circuit judiciary more efficient. Ann is the longest serving Circuit Librarian for the Eighth Circuit. She began in 1984, a time when print reigned, and has successfully led the Library into the digital age. Ann brought the Eighth Circuit Library national recognition by serving as president of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2007-2008. She will be inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in July.

Ann served as Historical Society Secretary-Treasurer from 1997 to 2004 and as Secretary from 2004-2015. Historical Society President F. Richard Lyford presented Ann with two gifts, a vase from the Historical Society and a wooden spurtle (an historic kitchen implement used for stirring porridge) that he made himself. He also presented her with a certificate of appreciation for her many years of service.

Earlier in the week, Historical Society Chair Judge Richard G. Kopf thanked Ann on his blog for being the “glue that held the Society together” and for sharing her “good counsel” and “immense institutional knowledge” that served the Society well.

A reception for Ann followed the awards program outside the en banc courtroom on the 28th floor of St. Louis’ Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse. A biographical display honoring Ann was on exhibit.