First and foremost, I want to thank Matanya Ophee himself for all of the years of hard work in building the collection, as well as Dr. Margarita Ophee-Mazo for living with the collection for so many years and having the foresight to keep it together. Special thanks are due to John and Jude Lubrano of J&J Lubrano's Music Antiquarians in Syosset, New York; the descriptions of the collections were accurate and useful, the packaging of the materials meticulous, and the long process of getting the collection to Boone flawless.
Several members of the Appalachian State University Libraries were instrumental in acquiring the collection: Interim Dean Paul Orkiszewski, Coordinator of Collection Management Alex McAllister, Allan Duncan, Jason Wolfe, Jill Eller, Jennifer Brosek, Derena Bradley, Matt Ransom, John Abbott and Adam Jones. In the Hayes School of Music, Dean James Douthit contributed funds to the original acquisition and facilitated the use of graduate student assistants to help in digitization.
For the current web site, special thanks are due to Dean Sue Polanka for her support in a number of areas including staffing, space, and outreach. For the processing and housing of the collection, thanks to Kimberly Sims and members of the Special Collections Research Center. Dea Rice of the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team designed the web site and helped on all matters involving the interface. Paul Grant furnished the photos of my guitar and me used as banners and other design elements.
I would especially thank Dr. Margarita Ophee-Mazo and her daughter Marina for their permission to use photos of Matanya on the website.
Finally, thanks are due to the one member of our community who truly new Matanya: Dr. Douglas James, classical guitar instructor at Appalachian State University (retired). Doug's enthusiasm for the project and interest in the collection never wavered. We hope he will continue to be a frequent visitor to the collection, along with his successor, Dr. Adam Kossler and a new generation of guitar students. I think Matanya would have most wanted his collection in the hands of these young guitarists--challenging accepted norms, discovering long-forgotten gems and bringing them back to life--all the while pressing the guitar forward into a new millenium.
To quote Matanya's well-known credo: "Don't be lazy!"
Dr. Gary R. Boye, Boone, NC