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Alec Hyatt King

(b Chicago, Sept 25, 1901; d Naples, FL, Feb 7, 1961). American librarian and musicologist. His early training was in Egyptology and psychology. In 1929 he went to Cornell for further study in psychology, but came under the influence of Otto Kinkeldey who had just become professor of musicology there. What had been Hill’s recreation and private study was soon transformed into the vocation to which he became dedicated. In September 1939 he entered the music division of the Library of Congress and before long became head of its reference section.

The breadth of Hill’s education sharpened a naturally keen and fertile mind which, allied to very wide sympathies, a vast knowledge of musical sources and phenomenal industry, equipped him well for his life’s work. As reference librarian for over 20 years, Hill won an international reputation for the painstaking and very detailed replies he sent to inquirers. In ...