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An abstract of this interview is available below. A transcription is available for download above and to the right. An essay summarizing themes that emerged from interviews conducted about Myers in 2016 is available: Portrait of a Collector: Reflections on an Influential Bibliophile.

This interview subject is affiliated with IWU and/or President Myers in the following ways: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians.


Starting in 1979, Lubrano worked with Myers primarily on his collection of scores of instrumental and choral parts of music. Myers had interest in some specific British composers but also enjoyed discovering others. Lubrano tells the story of a 1744 manuscript book by an American composer Peter Pelham and that Myers may have donated it to Colonial Williamsburg. Lubrano does not characterized Myers as a collector-seller; he was an academic collector, preferring content over "individual prizes." He believes Myers wanted a mass of a material that could tell a story in aggregate and may have represented him at auctions. Lubrano relates a story of helping Myers find parts of Vivaldi scores and comments on why they might have been of interest to Myers.

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music scores, typography, collecting purpose, collecting techniques, personal characteristics, Portrait of a Collector, Bookseller


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