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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: The American Botanist, founder and owner.


Crotz recalls Myers visiting his shop once and also doing business by phone and catalog order. He was researching the Phoenix Nursery owners and family. Crotz came to the Myers auction and bought some of the same books back and more. He recalls that Myers was "fun, pleasant, jovial, not serious about books." He characterized Myers as being surgical in his interests, that he was specifically interested in gardening done in the Phoenix nursery. Myers' interests were in quantity and content above more disciplinary-type interests in bibliography.

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books, local history, collecting techniques, 19th Century, horticulture, gardening, Portrait of a Collector, Bookseller


United States History