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date: 11 November 2019

Kretszchmar, Florencelocked

  • Deborah Campana


(b Detroit, MI, June 22, 1909; d Trenton, MI, Dec 25, 1992). American librarian and publisher. She received a degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College (BS 1935). She was founder and editor-in-chief of Information Coordinators, Inc., best known as the publisher of The Music Index, the first comprehensive index to music periodicals. Under Kretzschmar’s guidance the company also published monographs in three series: Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, Detroit Monographs in Musicology, and Bibliographies of American Music.

Kretzschmar spent most of her early career at the Detroit Public Library, working in various positions, including the War Information Center from 1943–5, that gave her experience in technology, business, and commerce. In recognizing the need for an index to music periodical literature, she obtained support from the Music Library Association in 1948, and by 1949, with the help of MLA members Dorothy Tilly and Kurtz Myers, she published the first issue of ...

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