Librarian Sherrie Smith Looks at the Modest Nebraska Couple Who Left Behind an Astonishing Collection of Rare Books

For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
816.701.3669
Librarian Sherrie Smith Looks at the Modest Nebraska Couple Who Left Behind an Astonishing Collection of Rare Books

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 Kansas City Public Library librarian Sherrie Smith traces the strange history of these early 20th century "hoarders" in Bibliomaniac! Mr. Fitzpatrick's Passion for Collecting Books on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

The Fitzpatricks amassed a fabulous collection of rare books, pamphlets, and Western Americana. In 1953 the Library's 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 and Clark volumes. She retired in 2012.

Admission to the event is free. Free parking is available at the Library District parking parage at 10th and Baltimore. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.

This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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