Stuart P. Embury, a Nebraska alumnus, collector and donor is coming to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to talk about an eclectic selection of items from his autograph and manuscript collection.
The event is 5:30 p.m. June 7 in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room, Love Library South Room 29. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and see letters by American and European artists, the Civil War, Albert Schweitzer and more.
Embury, graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1966 and University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1969. He practiced 35 years as a family physician in Holdrege.
Embury amassed more than 11,000 books and exhibition catalogues in what is one of the top private book collections on American Art in the United States. He donated the collection to the University of Nebraska Foundation, and the University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections in 2010.
The Stuart P. Embury MD Library of American Art contains primary material and books covering all major and many minor figures in American Art including painters, sculptors and printmakers.
There are thousands of exhibition catalogues including nearly complete runs from the National Academy of Design and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Some of the titles were published in the 1800s. There are numerous catalogue raisonnés featuring works by major artists.
Embury’s June 7 talk is free and open to the public.