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Griswold, William McCrillis (09 October 1853–03 August 1899), librarian, bibliographer, and indexer, was born in Bangor, Maine, the son of Rufus Wilmot Griswold, a minister, editor, and writer, and Harriet Stanley McCrillis. Griswold was raised in Bangor, graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1871, and attended Harvard University from 1871 to 1875. After graduating from Harvard he traveled in Europe for several years. In 1882 he married Anne Deering Merrill, with whom he had four children....

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Morgan, Dale Lowell (18 December 1914–30 March 1971), historian, editor, and bibliographer, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of James Lowell Morgan, an office machine salesman, and Emily May Holmes, a schoolteacher. Morgan’s father died when he was six years old, and the burden of caring for the family of four children fell on his mother, who taught in the Salt Lake City public schools. Morgan was a gifted student, but his contracting spinal meningitis at age fourteen seriously changed his life; he was left totally deaf....

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Perkins, Frederic Beecher (27 September 1828–27 January 1899), editor, author, and librarian, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Thomas Clap Perkins, a lawyer, and Mary Foote Beecher. He entered Yale with the class of 1850 but left in 1848 to study law in his father’s Hartford office. He eventually graduated from Connecticut Normal School in 1852, and Yale conferred a master of arts degree on him in 1860 and listed him in its biographical records for the class of 1850....

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Sonneck, Oscar George Theodore (06 October 1873–30 October 1928), music bibliographer, librarian, and editor, was born in Lafayette (now Jersey City), New Jersey, the son of George C. Sonneck, a civil engineer, and Julia Meyne. His father died while Oscar was still an infant, and his mother took him with her to Germany, where she had accepted a domestic position in Frankfurt-am-Main. His primary education took place at Kiel’s Gelehrtenschule, and he attended Gymnasium at Frankfurt. After a brief sojourn at the University of Heidelberg, he took up residence at the University of Munich, where he stayed until 1897. His musical education included the study of piano (with James Kwast), composition and orchestration (with Iwan Knorr) in Frankfurt; composition and musicology (with Melchior Ernest Sachs) in Munich; and conducting at the Sondershausen Conservatory under Carl Schröder. During his formative years he displayed a decidedly artistic disposition, composing and publishing a number of songs and piano pieces during the late 1890s and even putting out two volumes of poetry in German in 1895 and 1898....

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Weeks, Stephen Beauregard (02 February 1865–03 May 1918), historian, bibliographer, and collector, was born near Nixonton, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, the son of James Elliott Weeks, a planter, and Mary Louisa Mullen. His parents died when he was a small child, and Weeks was raised by his father’s sister and her husband, Robertson Jackson....

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Wilson, Halsey William (12 May 1868–01 March 1954), bibliographer and publisher, was born in Wilmington, Vermont, the son of John Thompson Wilson, a stonecutter, and Althea Dunnell. An only child, Wilson lost both his parents to tuberculosis before he was three, and he spent his early childhood with his mother’s parents, first in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and later near Colrain. When Wilson was twelve, he went to live with an uncle on a farm near Waterloo, Iowa. After attending the preparatory academy associated with Beloit College, in Wisconsin, from 1883 to 1885, Wilson moved to Minneapolis, studying at the University of Minnesota intermittently from 1885 to 1892. Hardworking and energetic, he financed his educational pursuits in a variety of ways, including running a small printing operation from his room. In December 1889 he and his roommate formed a partnership to sell books to fellow students, a venture that proved to be so successful and time-consuming that Wilson discontinued his college studies to concentrate on managing and expanding the enterprise. He later purchased his partner’s share of the bookshop with money inherited from his grandfather....