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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 Omaha’s Metropolitan Community Church, personal correspondence, and other topics are also part of the collection. The collection also includes information about courses Zydek taught for the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the College of St. Mary in Omaha. A scrapbook about Omaha’s Metropolitan Community Church where Zydek and his spouse Garold F. Storm were founding pastors contains news clippings about the founding and early years of the church in Omaha. Two boxes containing bound pamphlet binders primarily of Zydek’s class notes from his student days as well as his poetry and short stories are also part of the collection.

New material added 2017-02-10: 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.


  • Creation: circa 1965-2016


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


53.4 Cubic Feet (54 boxes) : Correspondence, Manuscripts, Syllabi, Scrapbooks, Class Notes

976 Megabytes (27 digital files) : Videos

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An approximate division of the collection: 15 boxes containing poetry files (boxes include an “A” number); 2 boxes of course material, manuscripts, and correspondence stored in the garage (boxes include a “C” number); 19 boxes from Zydek’s study include correspondence, manuscripts, church files, and other material(boxes include a “B” number); 6 boxes containing copies of poetry magazines in which Zydek was published were sampled and will be reviewed for further retention. New material added 2017-02-03: 4 boxes of correspondence and files of his poetry and stories. Collection has not yet been further arranged and described.

Custodial History

Collected and created by Fredrick J. Zydek and Garold F. Storm.

Related Materials

Poetry Nebraska : voices for the people and the land : Fred Zydek (video, part of UNO Media Collection).

Separated Materials

Books written by Fred Zydek and books authored by other writers published by the Lone Willow Press for which Zydek was publisher were also donated by Garold F. Storm. The books are part of the Archives & Special Collections book collection and are described in the library catalog.


Gift made in honor of Fredrick J. Zydek.

Fredrick J. Zydek Papers
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger
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4th edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States