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date: 26 February 2020

Pruett, James W(orrell) locked

  • Paula Morgan


(b Mount Airy, NC, Dec 23, 1932; d Chapel Hill, NC, February 26, 2014). American music librarian and musicologist . He attended the University of North Carolina (BA 1955, MA 1957, PhD 1962) and from 1955 was on the staff of the library there, first as a reference assistant and later (1961–76) as music librarian. In 1963 he joined the faculty of the music department, where he became professor of music in 1974 and chairman of the music department in 1976; posts he held until 1986. In 1987 he became chief of the music division of the Library of Congress. While there he was responsible for the acquisition of the personal papers of Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Artur Rubinstein and others. He expanded the concert programme to include jazz, and he established the Leonore S. Gershwin/Library of Congress Recording and Publishing Project. Pruett has been active in the AMS and the Music Library Association (president, ...

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