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PROFESSOR REYNOLDS WINS THE RICHARD S. HILL AWARD
March 8, 2014

The Music Library Association’s 2014 Richard S. Hill Award was awarded to Christopher Reynolds for his article, “Documenting the Zenith of Women Song Composers: A Database of Songs Published in the United States and the British Commonwealth, ca. 1890–1930,” published in Notes (June, 2013). The award is given “for the best article on music librarianship or best article of a music-bibliographic nature.”

From the Music Library Association’s website:

An annual award for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature.

Richard S. Hill (1901–1961), after attending Phillips Exeter Academy, matriculated at Cornell University, earning his undergraduate degree in 1924. In 1929, he returned to Cornell to begin graduate work, originally in psychology. However, when Otto Kinkeldey arrived at Cornell in 1930 to become the first American chair in musicology, Hill’s interests soon shifted to music.

In 1939, Hill was called to the Library of Congress to be a member of the reference staff in the Music Division, and later became head of that unit. His knowledge of music bibliography made him the ideal person for this position. Paul Henry Lang, writing in the February 19, 1961, issue of theNew York Herald Tribune stated: “There is scarcely a cultivated musician or scholar in this country who directly or indirectly did not receive valuable guidance or information from Mr. Hill.”

In 1943, Hill became editor of Notes. Under his editorship (1943–1960), the journal grew from a mimeographed publication to a professionally-printed journal, broadened in scope, and which was to become one of the most important of all journals in the field of music. No record of his services to music bibliography can fail to mention another large-scale enterprise which was his own unique conception: the quarterly “Index of Record Reviews,” where his editor duties often merged into collaboration with Kurtz Myers. Hill was elected the first president of the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) in 1951, a post he held until 1955, and was one of the founding figures of RISM (Répertoire international de sources musicales).

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