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A companion essay containing an analysis of Myers' book collections is available at Portrait of a Collector is a biblio-biography, comprised of several parts, of IWU’s 17th President Minor Myers, jr. A summary describing the entire project is available at


The purpose of this essay is to bring together disparate information on Myers’ book collecting habits. President Myers used both the objects of his collecting and the intellectual ideas they represent in the course of his presidential responsibilities. This work offers an overview solely of this aspect of Myers’ activities, in both written records and oral histories, and is not an attempt to analyze the entire arc of Myers’ tenure. The following contains an overview of this project, a summary of collectors’ characteristics, generally, and an exploration of the specific type of collector Myers was based both on documentary evidence and on interviews. Appended to this work are citations for publications in which Myers discusses his book collections, a list of the interview participants, and comments about Myers and his books from people who did not participate in formal interviews.


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