Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music Librarianship

Carol June BradleyThe Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music Librarianship was created by the Music Library Association in 2003 through the generous financial support of its namesake. Since Ms. Bradley's death in 2009, MLA has continued to fund the award in her honor. The award exists to support research into the history of music libraries and music librarianship. There are no restrictions as to an applicant's age, nationality, profession, or institutional affiliation. All proposals are reviewed entirely on the basis of merit. The decision of the Bradley Award Committee and the MLA Board of Directors is announced at MLA's annual meeting. Calls for applications are issued in the spring.

Carol June Bradley (1934–2009) was the associate director of the University of Buffalo Music Library from 1967 until she retired in 1999. In addition, she was an adjunct professor of information and library studies (an activity that included co-directing the university's double master's degree program in music librarianship) and she founded the UB Libraries' Music Librarianship Archive.

Bradley’s undergraduate degree was from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. She also received a master's degree from Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in Library Science from Florida State University. Throughout her stellar career, Bradley held several other library positions in addition to those at the University of Buffalo. She was the librarian of the Drinker Library of Choral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia (1957-59), the music librarian of the U.S. Military Academy (1959-60), and music cataloger at Vassar College (1960-67).

Bradley made her mark as an author with an important series of scholarly publications that chronicled the history of music librarianship and the lives and careers of music librarians throughout the country. Among these much-praised publications are American Music Librarianship: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge), Music Collections in American Libraries: A Chronology (Information Coordinators), Reader in Music Librarianship (Greenwood Press) and Index to Poetry in Music (Routledge).

Bradley was an active member of the Music Library Association (MLA), which awarded her the MLA Citation, its highest award, in 2001. In 2003, MLA established the Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music Librarianship, an annual award to support the kinds of studies for which Bradley was recognized. The first award was made in 2004.




Past recipients and projects



John Beckwith and Robin Elliott

Mapping Canada’s Music: Selected Writings of Helmut Kallmann. Edited by Beckwith and Elliott, Mapping Canada’s Music is a selection of writings by the late Canadian music librarian and historian Helmut Kallmann (1922–2012). "Most of the essays deal with aspects of Canadian music, but some are also autobiographical . . . . The variety, breadth, and scope of these writings confirm Kallmann’s pioneering role in Canadian music research and the importance of his legacy to the cultural life of his adopted country. In the current climate of cuts to archival collections and services, the publication of these essays by and about a pre-eminent collector and historian serves as a timely reminder of the importance of cultural memory.” The book will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in March 2013.

2012 Jim Carrier

"The Librarian and the Banjo,” a film documentary on Dena Epstein’s seminal contribution to the history of the banjo. The documentary will illuminate Mrs. Epstein’s pioneering work and the value of traditional librarianship when discovering and working with original source material that led to her discoveries correcting racial, social, and musical history, and led to a remarkable new movement: "recapturing” the banjo by African Americans.

2011 Beverly M. Wilcox

"The Music Libraries of the Concert Spirituel: Canons, Repertoires, and Bricolage in Eighteenth-Century Paris.” The award allows Wilcox to expand her research of the Concert Spirituel inventories of the Concert’s music libraries and its contribution to the formation of a musical canon to include study of her discovery of a previously unknown Concert Spirituel collection inventory from 1761.

2010 No award given

2009 Stephen Mantz

The 1933 Music Study Material program instituted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York is the focus of Mantz’s project. Areas of study include: the development and implementation of the program, its effect on recipient institutions, and the development and transformation of their libraries, especially with the introduction of sound recordings as educational tools.

2008 Jocelyn Arem

The Caffè Lena Collection in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The purpose is to study, organize expand the archive of Caffè Lena, America's oldest continuously running coffeehouse, as well as create an interactive Web site relating the Caffè to the larger socio-political ideas of the 1960s.

2007 Gary Galván

The acquisition and growth representation of Henry Cowell's materials in the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia. This project includes the digitization of over 300 documents from the Henry Cowell files and compilation of an annotated list, illuminating one of the most prominent pioneers of modern American music as held in one of the country's outstanding music collections.

2006 No award given

2005 Anita Breckbill and Carole Goebes

"Music Circulating Libraries in France.” The project’s purpose is to study various types of circulating music libraries in France through the mid-twentieth century.

2004 C. Rockelle Strader

"A History of the Cataloging of Sound Recordings in the United States.” In addition to a chronology of sound recording cataloging, the project studies comparative description of cataloging codes and methods and the development of the MARC format for sound recordings.



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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.