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Employment History

President
Music Library Association

President
University of Chicago

Assistant Music Librarian
University of Chicago

Affiliations

Board Member
Music Library Association

Honorary Member
Music Library Association

Education

MLA's highest honor



University of Illinois

B.A.
Music
University of Chicago

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Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music - Music Library Association

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Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
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Dena Epstein The Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music was created through a generous endowment from Morton and Dena Epstein to the Music Library Association in 1995.
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Dena Epstein (1916-2013) had a lifetime interest in the history of American music publishing and in pre-Civil War African-American music in the United States and West Indies. She was the author of many publications, the best known being Sinful Tunes and Spirituals (University of Illinois Press, 1977) and Music Publishing in Chicago Before 1871 (Information Coordinators, 1969). Her articles have appeared in Notes, Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, and American Music. The most recent include "Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem" (1994), "Frederick Stock and American Music" (1992), "Black Spirituals: Their Emergence into Public Knowledge" (1990), and "The Mysterious WPA Music Periodicals Index" (1989). She received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Francis Butler Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association. She was perhaps the most proud of I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Edited by Dena, this book is the autobiography of Hilda Satt Polacheck, her mother.
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Until her retirement, Dena Epstein was Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Chicago for some 22 years. Active throughout her career in the Music Library Association, Dena served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large and as MLA President from 1977 to 1979. She also chaired and was a member of many committees. In 1986, Dena Epstein was awarded MLA's highest honor, the MLA Citation, and became an honorary member of the Association.


MLA Newsletter No. 144 in HTML

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Sponsored by the Oral History Subcommittee and Joint Committee on the MLA Archives, and hosted by Jane Penner and Therese Dickman, the opening panel included Dena Epstein, Joe Boonin, Amanda Maple, and Michael Duffy.

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Dena Epstein (Univ. of Chicago 1964-1986): MLA pioneer, former MLA President
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Dena Epstein said that times were different in 1931 when MLA was founded. She went to library school at the University of Illinois after earning a B.A. in Music from the University of Chicago. At that time, the library school considered a music degree an unacceptable prerequisite, and only admitted her after some negotiation. Her thesis, "Music Publishing in Chicago Prior to 1871: The Firm of Root & Cady, 1858-1871" was eventually published in installments in Notes, beginning with second series v. 1, no. 3, pp. 3-11. After library school she had difficulty getting hired, having been told that being a mother she would not be dependable for the work schedule. She did research on slave songs for years, and after a visit to the University of Chicago in 1964 she was offered a job there, where she remained until her retirement in 1986.
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Dena Epstein, Joe Boonin, Amanda Maple and Michael Duffy
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Dena Epstein, Joe Boonin, Amanda Maple and Michael Duffy
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Ms. Epstein also mentioned that she faced a challenge in trying to have a survey of antebellum African-American music published as part of a larger recognition of the Emancipation Proclamation's centennial.
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In the study of American music, Dena Epstein said there are no reliable descriptions of pre-Civil War slave music.
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Dena Epstein and Laura Dankner
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Past MLA Presidents Dena Epstein and Laura Dankner
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The Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music was established through a generous gift from Morton and Dena Epstein in 1995.


Dena Epstein Award for Archival ...

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Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music

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Dena Epstein The Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music was created through a generous endowment from Morton and Dena Epstein to the Music Library Association in 1995.
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Dena Epstein (1916-2013) had a lifetime interest in the history of American music publishing and in pre-Civil War African-American music in the United States and West Indies. She was the author of many publications, the best known being Sinful Tunes and Spirituals (University of Illinois Press, 1977) and Music Publishing in Chicago Before 1871 (Information Coordinators, 1969). Her articles have appeared in Notes, Musical Quarterly, Ethnomusicology, and American Music. The most recent include "Way Up North in Dixie: A Black Family's Claim to the Confederate Anthem" (1994), "Frederick Stock and American Music" (1992), "Black Spirituals: Their Emergence into Public Knowledge" (1990), and "The Mysterious WPA Music Periodicals Index" (1989). She received numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the Chicago Folklore Prize, and the Francis Butler Simkins Prize from the Southern Historical Association. She was perhaps the most proud of I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl (University of Illinois Press, 1989). Edited by Dena, this book is the autobiography of Hilda Satt Polacheck, her mother.
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Until her retirement, Dena Epstein was Assistant Music Librarian at the University of Chicago for some 22 years. Active throughout her career in the Music Library Association, Dena served on the Board of Directors as member-at-large and as MLA President from 1977 to 1979. She also chaired and was a member of many committees. In 1986, Dena Epstein was awarded MLA's highest honor, the MLA Citation, and became an honorary member of the Association.


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