Porter tells the story of how her position in Corporate and Foundation Relations got started. She recalls Myers as a strategic fundraiser who had good ideas for her to try out and that he follow up on. She shared an interest in cookbooks with him and says he made gifts of books and other things to her. She recalls his lack of interest in condition and remarks on the poor quality of the musical instruments he had. Porter describes going on trips with Myers and how he managed to find book stores, even if it meant staying at a location longer. After learning of her family history, Myers looked further and found out they were related. [n.b., she references a document she brought to the interview that was a report to the Board of Trustees and not an address to faculty as indicated in the conversation.] In response to a final question, Porter makes observations on how Myers might have responded to the book collection's dispersal at auction.
travel, book buying, library stats, geneaology, gifts, auction, instruments, trains, management, leadership, library philosophy, Portrait of a Collector, Staff
United States History
Porter, Jo and Miner, Meg, "Jo Porter" (2016). All oral histories. 121.