Most great collectors started when they were young, and most great collections started with a passion for a particular object or subject. This was the case for Taylor Kirkpatrick, who has built an important collection of rare books and manuscripts over the last four decades. His areas of focus include Ernest Hemingway, Aesop’s Fables and its variants, book art, children’s books, and fine bindings. In addition, he established the Know Your ABCs: Alternative Books for Children Diversity Collection at the University of Denver, a physical collection of books and online materials that moves beyond the mainstream infant and early childhood bestseller lists to represent families across a spectrum of inclusion and diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability.
He is also a former President of the Denver Public Library Commission and was instrumental in enlisting the support of the Friends Foundation at the Denver Public Library to support the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair.
In recognition of the next generation of bibliophiles, Taylor Kirkpatrick has established The Taylor C. Kirkpatrick Prize for Book Collecting.
The prize is open to collectors aged 30 and under who reside in Colorado. All collections of books, manuscripts, and ephemera are welcome, no matter their monetary value or subject.
The collections will be judged on their thoroughness, the approach to their subject, and the seriousness which with the collector has catalogued his or her materials.