Collection ID: Mus. Arc. 90

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Coover, James, 1925-2004
Abstract:
The collection contains 7 audio cassettes of interviews James B. Coover conducted with William Arnold Reeves at his workplace in London, England, 1985-1992.
Extent:
1 box and (7 audiocassettes)
Language:
Collection material in English .

Background

Scope and Content:

The collection contains 7 audio cassettes of interviews James B. Coover conducted with William Arnold Reeves at his workplace in London, England, 1985-1992. The interviews in this collection provided much of the information in Coover's article, " William Reeves, Booksellers/Publishers, 1825- ", published in the 1994 festschrift, Music Publishing and Collecting: Essays in Honor of Donald W. Krummel, edited by David Hunter.

Biographical / Historical:

James Burrell Coover (1925-2004) was hired in 1967 by the State University of New York at Buffalo to become the first director of the Music Library. Previously he was the director of the George Sherman Dickinson Music Library at Vassar College 1953-1967 and Assistant Director of the Bibliographical Center for Research in Denver, Colorado 1950-1953. While at the University at Buffalo, Coover helped establish, with Carol June Bradley, a program in music librarianship that was responsible for training several generations of music librarians.

Coover's research resulted in several scholarly articles and the following books:

  • Music Lexicography Including a Study of Lacunae: 1500-1700 (1958)
  • Musical Instrument Collections: Catalogues and Cognate Literature (Detroit, 1981)
  • Music Publishing, Copyright, and Piracy in Victorian England (1985)
  • Antiquarians' Catalogues of Musical Interest (1988)
  • Private Music Collections: Catalogs and Cognate Literature (2001)

William Arnold Reeves (born 1916) was the fifth and last known William Reeves to operate the firm, William Reeves, Bookseller, Ltd. in London. He was the author of a text about Malaysian postal stamps, Federated Malay States : the printing history of its stamps and postal stationery.

Acquisition information:
Gift of James and Jeanne Coover, 1992-1997.
Arrangement:

Chronologically arranged.

Rules or conventions:
Finding aid prepared using DACS ( Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260, United States
CONTACT:
716-645-2924