Bibliomaniac! Mr. Fitzpatrick’s Passion for Collecting Books - Sherrie Smith

Retired librarian Sherrie Smith explores the treasure trove of rare books found in the Lincoln, Nebraska, home of retired university professor T.J. Fitzpatrick – and explains how many of them came to be housed in the Library’s Missouri Valley Room.
Missouri Valley Sundays
Sunday, March 23, 2014
2:00pm @ Central Library

After the deaths in the early 1950s of botanist T.J. Fitzpatrick and his wife, a treasure trove of rare books was found in their modest home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Retired KCPL librarian Sherrie Smith traces the strange history of these early 20th century “hoarders,” who amassed a fabulous collection of rare books, pamphlets, and Western Americana. In 1953, Missouri Valley Special Collections purchased more than 20,000 items from the Fitzpatrick estate.

Smith spent several years working with the Fitzpatrick collection, especially its extensive Mormon collection and Lewis & Clark volumes.