Coover, James B(urrell)

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Coover, James B(urrell)

Coover, James B(urrell) , American music librarian and pedagogue; b. Jacksonville, 111., June 3, 1925. He was educated at the Univ. of Northern Colo. (B.A., 1949; M.A., 1950) and the Univ. of Denver (M.A., 1953). He was associated with the Bibliographical Center for Research in Denver (1951–53), where he was its asst. director (1952–53). From 1953 to 1967 he was director of the George Sherman Dickinson Music Library at Vassar Coll. He was prof. of music and director of the music library (1967–75), Birge-Cary prof. of Music (1975–81), Ziegele Prof. (1981–2000) and Distinguished Service Prof, (from 1992) at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Buffalo. He also was president (1959–60) and an executive board member (1987–90) of the Music Library Assn.


Music Lexicography (1952; 3rd ed., rev. and enl., 1971); Provisional Checklist of Priced Antiquarian Catalogues Containing Musical Materials (1981; rev. ed., 1987, as Antiquarians’ Catalogues of Musical Interest): Musical Instrument Collections (1981); Music Publishing, Copyright and Piracy in Victorian England, 1881–1906 (1985); ed. with C. Bradley, Richard S. Hill: Tributes from Friends (1987); Music at Auction: Puttick & Simpson (of London), 1794–1971 (1988).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire