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date: 23 February 2020

Epstein [née Polacheck], Dena J(ulia)locked

  • Paula Morgan


(b Milwaukee, WI, Nov 30, 1916). American music librarian and musicologist. She graduated from the University of Chicago (BA 1937), then took courses in library science at the University of Illinois (BS 1939, MA 1943). She was art and music cataloguer at the University of Illinois (1939–43), senior music librarian at the Newark Public Library (1943–5) and a music cataloguer and reviser at the Library of Congress (1946–8). She was curator of recordings and assistant music librarian at the University of Chicago from 1964 until her retirement in 1986. Epstein was president of the Music Library Association from 1977 to 1979. She received the citation for distinguished service to music librarianship from the Association in 1986, and in 1996 the organization created the Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research. Her writings have focussed on music in the United States, particularly music publishing and black folk music, and various aspects of music in libraries....

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