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.
In 1866 Peters acquired the Cincinnati music company of his brother Alfred C. Peters (A.C. Peters & Bro. which had been founded in 1846 as W.C. Peters & Co.). At this time Peters relocated his business headquarters from St. Louis to New York.
C.H. Ditson, describing itself on its covers as Successor to J.L. Peters, purchased Peters' New York business in 1877. Peters returned to St. Louis in 1881. According to the Handbook of Early American Sheet Music Peters is supposed to have sold his St. Louis (and possibly also the Cincinnati) business to J.J. Dobmeyer and Co. but later purchased it back. Peters' St. Louis-based company continued in operation until 1892.
|870||Tonel||Le rêve du guerrier||1871|
|982||Tonel||Plainte des fleurs||1872|
|6786||Tonel||Bridal Gifts, Op.42||1871|
|7355||Stewart||A Summer's Night, Op.59||1873|
|9845||Wilson||Evening Bells, Op.57||1874|
|9910||Wilson||A Winter Night, Op.78||1876|
|10154||Donizetti||L'elisir d'amore (Barcarole "Io son ricco e tu sei bella", arr. piano C. Kinkel)||1875|
|10282||Abt||4 Lieder, Op.124 (No.1 trans. by Barnett)||1873|
|10642||Thomas||Swinging on the Garden Gate||1875|
|120||Norvel||Alpine Maidens (pf4h)||1883|
|153||Norvel||Alpine Maidens (solo)||1883|