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Zydek, Fredrick J.



Fredrick J. Zydek graduated from "Buckley High School where he was the Class Speaker of his graduating class, he joined the United States Air Force in 1956. He served at the Lincoln Air Force Base, Lincoln, NE from 1956 to 1960. After that, he used the GI Bill to attend Seattle University where he received his Bachelors Degree. He then attended graduate school at the University of Washington. After graduate school, he returned to Nebraska to be the founding Pastor of the First Metropolitan Community Church in Omaha ca. 1974. He later taught Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska and Theology at the College of St. Mary. Fred published several novels, collections of poetry and other non-fiction." Zydek was married to Garold F. Storm. They had moved to Omaha together as the first pastors of the Metropolitan Community Church. (Obituary, Omaha World-Herald, 10 May 2016)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Fredrick J. Zydek Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0078
Content Description The Fredrick J. Zydek papers primarily document his work and career as a poet. Zydek’s collection thoroughly documents his poetry with a folder of material about each of his poems containing drafts and final versions of the poems as well as correspondence with publishers when the poems were published, which was frequently the case (15 cubic feet). Many of Zydek’s poems were published and they covered a range of topics. The collection also includes his short stories. Folders of material about...
Dates: circa 1965-2016

Fredrick Zydek Videos, 2013-2016

Scope and Contents

Videos created by Fredrick Zydek include readings of his writings, the history of Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha (MCC Omaha), family history, LGBT topics such as “Native American Gay History,” and other videos reflecting Zydek’s interests. All videos are available for viewing from Zydek’s YouTube page at as of February 10, 2017.

Dates: 2013-2016

Metropolitan Community Church Plaque to Fredrick Zydek, 2004, January 24, 2004

Identifier: mss0078_obj_1
Scope and Contents Photograph of a plaque awarded to Fredrick Zydek by Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha in 2004. Award is black with a green marble plaque face with gold type. Item was produced by Center Trophy in Omaha. The plaque reads: "MCC - Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha. Mr. Fred Zydeck - On this twenty-fourth day of January in the year two thousand and four - Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha - With thanks and gratitude recognizes your prophetic bravery and dedication as the founding...
Dates: January 24, 2004

Reverend Fredrick Zydek, Church Correspondence, circa 1973-1974

 File — Box 2
Scope and Contents

Letters handwritten and typewritten to, from, and forwarded to Fredrick Zydek. Of note are correspondence related to the foundation of MCCO and Zydek’s travels between church groups in Seattle, Omaha, and Lincoln. Archives Staff copied and disposed of the originals of ten pages in this folder due to conservation concerns.

Dates: circa 1973-1974

Reverend Fredrick Zydek, Starting and Leaving the Church, 1973 - 1976

 File — Box 2
Scope and Contents Correspondence and documents related to Zydek’s 1973 start with MCC and his 1975 resignation. Included are the list of formal charges against Zydek from MCCO and Zydek’s response to these charges, and confirmation of the baptism of Zydek in 1959 at Lincoln Air Force Base. There are two handwritten letters expressing frustration at the church use of a basement. Letter from Zydek to Rev. Wallace Lancaster asking to be removed from any mailing lists. Archive Staff copied and disposed of the...
Dates: 1973 - 1976