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Remembering a Christian Gentleman

No Librarian of Congress had a greater impact on the Library or did more to make it an integral part of the nation’s cultural life than James H. Billington.

America’s Next ‘Minister of Culture’: Don’t Politicize the Appointment

The retiring Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, leaves a challenging and impressive legacy on which his successor, who will be nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate, ought to build.

In Praise of James Billington

The American people, the world of learning, the U.S. Congress, and truth-seekers throughout the world have been well served by James H. Billington since his swearing in as Librarian of Congress in 1987.