Rare Robert Frost collection now at UW-Eau Claire

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A rare collection of works by poet Robert Frost are now at UW-Eau Claire.

The university got the collection from Joan Christopherson Schmidt, the wife of the late Frederick Schmidt, who was a longtime friend of Frost.

Since Fredrick Schmidt, who passed away in 2005, was a Wisconsin native, his wife wanted the collection to stay in Wisconsin.

The works includes 44 Frost books, most of which are first or rare limited editions.

"We have three main components here for the collection. There are the rare books,” said Greg Kocken who is the head of special collections. “A lot of these are books authored by Robert frost. Most of them first editions, many of them actually signed, and Robert Frost would actually inscribe a few lines of poetry in it, which actually add to the collection making it even more wonderful."

The university is cataloging and preparing the materials before it makes the collection available to students, faculty and others.

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