Patrick Coleman has been the Acquisitions Librarian at the Minnesota Historical Society for the last three decades. In that curatorial position he has been responsible for adding approximately 100,000 volumes to the library, making it the premier place for scholarship on all Minnesota topics. He is especially proud of the MHS library’s growth in the previously neglected areas of Minnesota fiction, poetry, fine press, and artist’s books.
Coleman writes and lectures on topics related to Minnesota’s culture and history. He served as the president of the Library of Congress’s Minnesota Center for the Book, presided over the Minnesota Book Awards, is on the boards of Coffee House Press and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and received the Kay Sexton Award in 2009 for his contributions to Minnesota’s community of the book.
His avocational interest includes collecting Irish literature where he has assembled one of few complete sets of the Cuala Press, run by the sisters of W. B. Yeats during the first half of the 20th Century. His other loves include canoeing, cross-country skiing, and backpacking. He is the father of two daughters and grandfather of two boys.