4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 13, 2020 11:34 AM by LOC Manuscript Division

    Seeking a poem by Darlene Duff Rollison

    Gloria Sanders-Williams Newbie

      I'm looking for a poem that was written by my aunt, Darlene Duff Rollison, in "In Between Raindrops" titled  "The Killing must Stop". How do I research this? It’s supposedly in the National Archives in Washington, DC.  I have no dates and my aunt is deceased.

       

        • Re: Seeking a poem by Darlene Duff Rollison
          J. Andrew Scout

          The National Archives is primarily a repository of federal government records.  Unlike the Library of Congress, it does not collect literature for the sake of collecting literature. If you are trying to locate a book, the Library of Congress is more likely to have it.

          Do you have any additional information about why you think it is at the National Archives, and if so, in what context the poems may have come into federal custody?  For example, were the poems created in the course of her employment by a particular federal agency, or did she mail the poems to a particular federal official and those poems were retained in his correspondence files?

          Also, I know you say you don't have dates, but can you at least provide a rough date range? If nothing else which years she was alive?

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          • Re: Seeking a poem by Darlene Duff Rollison
            Cara Jensen Scout

            Dear Ms. Sanders-Williams,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the National Archives Catalog, the National Archives Library Information Center (ALIC), the LIbrary of Congress, and Hathitrust, but could not locate any records authored by Darlene Duff Rollison.  We suggest that you contact your family members or Darlene Duff Robinson’s local library for any information regarding these poems. 

             

            We regret we cannot be of more assistance.  Best of luck with your research.

             

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            • Re: Seeking a poem by Darlene Duff Rollison
              Gloria Sanders-Williams Newbie

              Thank you all for checking. The only information that I can add is the name of the Poem the Killings Must Stop was published in a national publication, Between the Rain Drops by the National Library of Poetry and later archived at the National Archives.  Thank you for responding and researching.

              • Re: Seeking a poem by Darlene Duff Rollison
                LOC Manuscript Division Tracker

                Dear Ms. Sanders-Williams,

                 

                The National Library of Poetry was one of the largest amateur poetry publishers in the 1990s and 2000s. Additional information about the National Library of Poetry may be found in a 2012 blog post by the Library of Congress, "Poetry Contests, the National Library of Poetry, and Amateur Poetry Anthologies". Although the blog post notes that the Library of Congress rarely retains these publications, the Library of Congress catalog appears to indicate that the Library does own a copy of Between the Raindrops in its general collections. To confirm this information and inquire about how best to access your great-aunt's poem, you may wish to submit an Ask a Librarian inquiry to the Library's reference staff in the Main Reading Room.

                 

                According to WorldCat, Between the Raindrops may be found in several other libraries across the United States as well, including:

                • Lincoln Public Library District in Lincoln, IL
                • Presentation College Library in Aberdeen, SD
                • Marlborough School in Los Angeles, CA
                • J Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University Library

                A web guide "Amateur Poetry Anthologies: A Guide to Finding Your Published Poems" provides additional information about how to locate specific poems published in these anthologies.

                 

                All the best of luck from us here in the Manuscript Reading Room at the Library of Congress!

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