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date: 27 February 2020

Danielson, Virginia Louiselocked

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(b Milwaukee, WI, April 3, 1949). American music librarian and ethnomusicologist. She studied music at Lawrence University (BM 1971) and ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois, (MMus 1979, PhD 1991). She has held several positions at Harvard University: keeper of the Isham Memorial Library (1993–9), curator of the Archive of World Music (1994–), Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library (1999–), and visiting lecturer in the music department.

Danielson has made significant contributions in the area of audio preservation. She oversaw the creation and development of the Audio Preservation Services program at Harvard and was the codirector, with Daniel Reed, of Sound Directions, a joint Harvard and Indiana University project that produced a groundbreaking 2008 report on best practices in digital audio preservation ( As a recognized authority, she has consulted for numerous institutions and agencies looking to preserve and create access to multimedia materials. Her scholarship focuses on music of the Middle East; she has published numerous articles on Arabic song, female singers, and Muslim devotional music, and has coedited, with Scott Marcus and Dwight Reynolds, the Middle East volume of the ...

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