D.J. Hoek has been named the Alice Berline Kaplan Institute Library Fellow for 2010-11. A three-member jury composed of AUL Jeff Garrett, Assembly representative Karen Miller, and current library fellow John Russell selected D.J.'s proposal from a very strong field. The jury's recommendation has been accepted by University Librarian Sarah Pritchard. D.J. will begin his year-long fellowship in September 2010.
The 2010-11 Kaplan Institute Library Fellow intends to research connections between jazz-oriented record companies and 20th-century experimental music, taking as his case study a pioneering series of 20th-century classical music recordings that, surprisingly, was produced and issued by a company remembered today mainly for revolutionary jazz releases. Entitled "From Bird to Cage: The Circumstances and Aesthetic Rationale behind the Dial Library of Contemporary Classics," this project builds upon D.J.'s long-cultivated interest in intersections between jazz and contemporary music. It will draw on primary and secondary sources at Northwestern as well as significant primary sources held elsewhere, especially the papers and correspondence of Ross Russell, founder and operator of Dial Records between 1946 and 1955, which reside at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Congratulations to D.J., thanks to the members of the jury, and special thanks to everyone who submitted proposals for this year's competition! We look forward to D.J.'s tenure as Library Fellow and to the fruits of his work and research, which will be presented to the Kaplan Institute and his library colleagues in spring of next year.