Education: The Nation's Bookkeeper

Solemnly holding a copy of the only Bible ever approved by an American Congress,* dapper, dark-haired Lawrence Quincy Mumford, 50, last week swore to perform faithfully one of the most arduous bookkeeping jobs the world has to offer. As the new Librarian of Congress (appointed last April by President Eisenhower), Mumford will preside over the world's largest storehouse of the written word—31,692,000 pieces, including 9,000,000 books, 13 million manuscripts and 412,000 records.

An energetic, reserved North Carolinian who put in 16 years at the New York Public Library, four more as head of Cleveland's library system, Mumford is the fourth professionally trained...

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