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T.J. Fitzpatrick, Botany Papers

Title: T.J. Fitzpatrick, Botany Papers

Creator: Fitzpatrick, T. J., 1868-

Dates: 1893-1952

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-07-14

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: T. J. Fitzpatrick, Botany Papers (RG 12-07-14). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick was born at Centerville, Iowa, on 2 April 1868. He attended the State University of Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1893 and a Master of Science in 1895. He served as Professor of Mathematics and Botany at Graceland College from 1895 to 1899 and again from 1908 to 1912. He also worked as a field collector for the Iowa State Historical Society from 1903 to 1907.

Fitzpatrick came to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1913 to serve as Professor of Science at Cotner College. He became Assistant Professor of Botany and Curator of the Herbarium at the University of Nebraska in 1918, a position he held until his retirement in 1949. During his career at the University of Nebraska he also served as librarian for the Botany and Mathematics Departments. He married Mary Frances Linder Fitzpatrick and they had one son, Fred. Fitzpatrick died in Lincoln on 28 March 1952.

Scope and Content:

The Fitzpatrick papers include correspondence written by T.J. and his wife, Mary Linder Fitzpatrick, in addition to letters received from family, friends, and individuals that relate to Fitzpatrick's work. Also included are photographs, publications by Fitzpatrick, correspondence, articles, and newspaper clippings regarding the disposition of his personal library, obituaries, and selected hand-copied letters relating to the early history of the University. Photographs include one portrait and two candid shots of Fitzpatrick, including details. There are two photos of a tornado in Elmwood, Nebraska, on April 6, 1919, taken by G.B. Pickwell. The remaining few photos are unidentified.


Fitzpatrick, T.J., 1868-

Book collecting

Ferns -- Middle West

Grasslands -- Middle West

Prairie Plants -- Middle West

University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus)-- History

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1908-1954 Box 1. Folder 2. Publications, class materials, 1908-1954 Box 1. Folder 3. Obituaries, memorial pamphlet, 1908-1954 Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, articles, Fitzpatrick's book collection, 1908-1954 Box 1. Folder 5. Newspaper clippings, Fitzpatrick's book collection, 1908-1954 Box 1. Folder 6. Handwritten letters, University of Nebraska history, regarding C.S. Chase, 1869-1973 Box 1. Folder 7. Postcard, bookplates, notes on Vesalius Box 1. Folder 8. Photographs 1919, 1921, undated
Related Material and Resources: Fitzpatrick, T.J. Bibliography of the Publications of T.J. Fitzpatrick. [Iowa City, Iowa? 19--?]. _____________ Manual of Flowering Plants of Iowa. [Lamoni, Iowa] Privately Published, 1899. Weaver, J.E. and T.J. Fitzpatrick. The Prairie. [Lincoln] University of Nebraska, 1934.

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