James Plath

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An abstract of this interview is available below. A time-annotated index or transcription will be available for download above and to the right as soon as it becomes available. 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: Professor of English, 1988-present.


Plath had many conversations with Myers about acquiring and dispersing collections, which Myers didn't understand, and shares observations about collecting generally. He sees Myers' shifting interests as indication of an active, focused mind that was always looking for the next challenge or necessary project. Plath also makes observations on the U-Haul collection, Myers' support for faculty and students and his management style. Plath reflects on instances when he observed people show wonder about old artifacts and compares that to motivations for some people's collecting interests.

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collector, collecting purpose, coins, books, leadership philosophy, U-Haul collection, libraries, auction, collecting techniques, silver, furniture, gift, people, collecting characteristics, collecting techniques, student support, management, idea person, condition, book fair, libraries, energy, academic scholarship, multidisciplinary, Portrait of a Collector


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