Louis Galambos: Appointed to chair by Librarian of Congress

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Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Louis Galambos to the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in American History and Ethics at the John W. Kluge Center, effective 1 January 2006. Galambos, a professor of history at the Johns Hopkins University, is the fourth recipient of the honor.

The holder of the Maguire Chair conducts research on ethical issues associated with American history. Research may include the conduct of politics and government at all levels of American life as well as the role of religion, business, urban affairs, law, science, and medicine in the ethical dimensions of leadership.

Galambos was editor of the 21-volume publication "The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower from 1971 to 1995," and co-editor with Daun van Ee, a curator in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, from 1995 to 2001. The last of the 21 volumes was completed in 2001, with the publication of a four-volume set titled "The Presidency: Keeping the Peace."

Galambos also has taught at Rice, Rutgers, and Yale universities, and he has served as president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association. A former editor of The Journal of Economic History, Galambos has written extensively on U.S. business history, on business-government relations, on the economic aspects of modern institutional development in America and on the rise of the bureaucratic state.

Galambos, who received his Ph.D. from Yale, was a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a business history fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration. In addition, he has held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center and at Princeton University.

Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world's best thinkers to stimulate, energize, and distill wisdom form the Library's rich resources and to interact with policymakers in Washington.

For further information on the Kluge Center, visit www.loc.gov/kluge.
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