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Monday, March 08, 2004

Daniel J. Boorstin [1914-2004]

Daniel J. Boorstin


Daniel J. Boorstin, prize-winning author and Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Boorstin wrote more than 20 books, including a trilogy on the American experience and one on world intellectual history. "The Americans: The Democratic Experience" (1973), the final book in the first trilogy, received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize in history. He was also a lawyer and university professor.

During his term as Librarian of Congress, Dr. Boorstin established the Center for the Book to encourage reading and literacy. In addition, he spearheaded what became a 10-year project to completely renovate the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library, restoring the Library's main building to its 1897 majesty.

Dr. Boorstin served as Librarian of Congress Emeritus from the time of his retirement in 1987 until his death. He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Carolyn Frankel; sons David, Paul, and Jonathan; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 25040-4920.

A memorial service to be held at the Library of Congress will be held later in the spring. Details will be announced soon.