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The Frederick G. and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Collection

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation acquired a rare collection of works by the 20th century American poet Robert Frost, as a combined purchase and gift from Joan Christopherson Schmidt. The Foundation is accepting gifts to support a fund to maintain the collection. The collection contains approximately 44 books authored by Frost, including several that have been signed and inscribed by the poet, dozens of books about Frost, and manuscript materials containing hand-written poetry, Christmas cards and pamphlets.

The Frost Collection was made available to the university by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation through Joan Christopherson Schmidt, the wife of the late Frederick Schmidt, a long-time friend of Frost and Wisconsin native. After his passing in 2005 at age 81, Joan Schmidt felt it was important for her husband's collection to remain intact and stay in Wisconsin, and so, through a series of connections in the area, the collection found a home at UW-Eau Claire. Read the full story of the Frost Collection at UW-Eau Claire.

UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition

Each year, in celebration of the Frost Collection, UW-Eau Claire hosts the Frederick and Joan Christopherson Schmidt Robert Frost Celebration of American Poetry. The event, which is free and open to the public, features individuals from the campus and community who read poems on a selected theme.

In 2017, as part of UW-Eau Claire's centennial year, the UW-Eau Claire Centennial Poetry Competition will be held in conjunction with the fourth annual Frost Celebration of American Poetry. UW-Eau Claire students, current and emeriti faculty, alumni and residents of the greater Chippewa Valley are invited to submit their original poems on the theme "Reflections on Education." 

Submissions are welcome through Dec. 31, 2016. Learn more about the competition, including award amounts, judging details and submission guidelines.

Support the Schmidt Robert Frost Collection

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

- Robert Frost

"Certainly this collection of books and manuscripts will command the interest of scholars, students and community members who still remember the lines from Frost's "Stopping by a Snowy Evening" or "The Road Less Traveled."

- Max Garland, professor of English, current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin