The founder of the firm, John L. Peters, was a music publisher and dealer in St. Louis and New York between 1851 and 1892, first with his father W.C. (William Cummings) Peters, then on his own. Peters published several compilations of piano works in subscription or periodical form, e.g. La Crême de la Crême (misspelling theirs), some of which have been scanned in the Library of Congress' American Memory Project. He also was active in publishing songs of the American poet and composer William Shakespeare Hays.
C.H. Ditson described itself on its covers as Successor to J.L. Peters in 1877, suggesting perhaps that Ditson bought out this firm and thereby obtained a New York branch? (Though J.L. Peters continued to be used as an imprint into the 1880s, perhaps by Ditson. Ditson may only have bought out - if they did at all - the New York branch, which would explain the continued appearance of Peters covers into the 1880s (if this couldn't be explained easily in other ways, as it probably can.) )
- Note: Not the same as W.C. Peters of Pittsburgh, though this was probably(?) his father's company, W.C. (for William Cummings), with no relationship to C.F. Peters of Germany.
Imprints, Addresses, Agencies
- St. Louis (address?)
- New York: 599 Broadway (starting before 1872)
- also 843 Broadway (starting before 1875)
- VIAF (Peters, J. L. (John L.))