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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.

Abstract

Minor Myers III recalls several experiences with his father's collecting interests and how his father used Minor III's desire to acquire baseball cards to teach him about collecting. His childhood interest in treasures led his father to bury a box of Roman coins in the backyard for him to discover. He makes several observations about his father's intellectual curiosity and the ways his collections both informed and fueled what Minor III describes as a "consumptive joy." He reflects on his father's love of music and the structure and purpose of his father's organization of knowledge.

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Duration

01:10:16

Keywords

baseball cards, books, coins, action figures, libraries, collecting techniques, opera, pets, hobbies, teaching, preservation, personal characteristics, auctions, eBay, deaccessioning, Portrait of a Collector

Disciplines

United States History

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