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date: 14 December 2019

Cunningham, Virginialocked

  • Paula Morgan
  • , revised by Mark McKnight


(b Bridgeport, IL, Aug 23, 1910; d Chapel Hill, NC, May 13, 1996). American music librarian. She studied English at Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, and the University of Wisconsin (BA 1932), where she also received a certificate in library science. From 1936 to 1940 she undertook graduate work in musicology at Columbia University. She held positions at the Wichita (Kansas) Public Library (1932–3), the New York Public Library (1933–4), and the Columbia University Music Library (1934–40). Cunningham joined the cataloging department of the Library of Congress in 1942; in 1946 she became the first person to catalog music in the U.S. Copyright Office, and in 1956 she was appointed head of the music section of the Library’s descriptive cataloging division, a position she held until her retirement in 1972.

Cunningham was active in the Music Library Association (MLA), serving as president of that organization from ...

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