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Chief U.S. Librarian Sworn In

September 14, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — James H. Billington, a historian like his predecessor, became the 13th Librarian of Congress today and declared that the library he will head is destined to be "not just a mausoleum for culture but a catalyst for civilization."

Billington, 58, director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars since 1973, was sworn in by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

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