Brian Simpson

Abstract

Simpson recalls meeting and getting to know Myers and his family as patrons of his store Babbitt\u27s Books. Myers asked him to appraise collections the library received from estates and Simspon reflects on that work. Simpson describes Myers\u27 goal in acquiring special collections for the library not so much for their suitability to undergraduate study but more so that people would come to campus to see these things. Myers understood the value that objects held for research rather than the content but Simpson also recalls Myers\u27 willingness to balance the usefulness of content on microfilm when the original would be difficult to acquire. He speculates that there was some philosophical basis for Myers\u27 collecting but could not name it and compared it to a Citizen Kane-like phenomenon. He describes Myers as a person who knew what to look for on a shelf and could identify interesting additions in Simpson\u27s store and he shares his ideas on Myers\u27 methods of organization. Simpson recalls Myers\u27 auction and shares thoughts on what he bought, how the lots were arranged and how the auction was managed. He offers insights into Myers\u27 influence on campus and the way he interacted with others

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