C. Sumner Spalding, 85, general editor of the first edition of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR), died on March 8 in Baltimore from complications of pneumonia.
Mr. Spalding was assistant director of the Processing Department in Cataloging, from 1968 until his retirement in January 1975. He joined the Library as a music cataloger in 1940 and subsequently served as assistant chief and chief of the Catalog Maintenance Division and chief of the Serial Record and Descriptive Cataloging Divisions.
Mr. Spalding took a leave of absence from 1964 to 1966 to edit AACR. He received the Margaret Mann Citation for his work on AACR and the Library's Distinguised Service Award for his 32 years of federal service.
Born in 1912, Mr. Spalding held bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University and a library science degree from Columbia University. He was an accomplished church organist, choir director and composer.