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James B. Meriwether Music Library Endowment

Dr. James B. Meriwether

The James B. Meriwether Music Library Endowment was established with a generous contribution from the late Mr. and Mrs. Alester G. Furman III. The fund supports the late Professor Meriwether's Arturo Toscanini Collection and related collections by providing for new acquisitions, conservation, publications, and programming. As the fund grows, proceeds may also be used for student assistantships and research awards.

James B. Meriwether

Mrs. Alester G. Furman III

Professor James B. Meriwether graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1949 with a double major in English and history. He received an M.A. in 1952 and a Ph.D. in 1958 in English from Princeton University. Both as an undergraduate and a graduate student he took courses in music and was a participant in various orchestral and choral groups. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin for one year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for five years, and at his alma mater from 1964 until his retirement in 1990.

Professor Meriwether started taking violin lessons at the age of six and began collecting recordings of classical music when he was in high school. His admiration for Arturo Toscanini began in the 1930s while listening to the radio broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and continued with the NBC Symphony broadcasts (1937-1954) and the opportunity of attending Toscanini concerts in Philadelphia and New York while in graduate school. Dr. Meriwether died in 2007.

Items from the Meriwether Arturo Toscanini Collection


The James B. Meriwether Arturo Toscanini Collection

This collection of materials includes sound recordings in all formats, videos, rare radios, broadcasts, books, newsletters, correspondence, periodicals, and photographs.

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Updated 10/17/2017