On Thursday, March 17, Florida State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives hosted an event highlighting the John M. Shaw Childhood in Poetry Collection. On display were works by Robert Burns, Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, and many others.
Over 40 people were in attendance at the event, with appetizers provided by A La Provence. Speakers for the event included Julia Zimmerman, Dean of the FSU Libraries; Fred Standley, Professor Emeritus of FSU’s Department of English; Cathmar Prange, daughter of John M. Shaw; and James Birchfield, Curator of Rare Books at University of Kentucky Libraries.
Prior to Dr. Birchfield’s remarks, Doris Henderson, President of the St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee, presented a gift of $2,000 to benefit the Shaw Collection. John M. Shaw served as the first president of Tallahassee’s St. Andrew Society, and the Society has been a long-time supporter of the Shaw Collection.
Following his remarks, Dr. Birchfield presented to Special Collections an original handwritten poem by John Henry Eaton, Territorial Governor of Florida. This 1834 manuscript is comprised of six lines of verse composed for a young lady’s album. It will become part of the Shaw Childhood in Poetry Collection.
Available below is a selection of photos from the event. The collection will continue to be featured in the Special Collections Exhibit Room on the first floor of Strozier Library until April 15.