Edgar Allen Poe’s Watch Stolen from Downtown Library!

On June 7, 1906, a thief entered the downtown library at about 5:00 am in the morning.  A short time later, he or she left the building with a small cache of nickels, and a watch once belonging to famed author Edgar Allen Poe.  Who could have committed such a dastardly deed?!  Alas, the thief was never identified…

Article of the theft from the Courier-Express, June 8, 1906.*

*Courtesy of the Buffalo State College Archives, Courier-Express Collection.

Scene of the Crime. Image reproduced from The Buffalo Library and its Building. Buffalo : Art-printing Works of Matthews, Northrup & Co., 1887.

The Rare Book Room holds a letter by Poe, dated April 22, 1843. Poe wrote the letter to Thomas G. MacKenzie, inquiring if The Southern Literary Messenger was for sale. The original handwritten letter is currently on exhibit in the James Fraser Gluck Display case at the Central Library.

Celebrate Edgar Allen Poe at the Central Library for The Big Read 2010.  See the website for events and programs.

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