Charles Washington Coleman (1862-1932)

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Charles Washington Coleman (1962-1932 was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 22, 1862 and died on April 29, 1932 in Washington DC.

From the Report of the Librarian of Congress:

"It is with regret that we report the death on april 29, 1932 of Charles Washington Coleman after a service of 33 years in the reading room. Mr. Coleman joined the staff July 1, 1899, as curator of the toner collection after an association with the College of william and Mary as librarian from 1893-1898. He was of distinguished Virginian ancestry, an alumnus of the University of Virginia, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

At the time of his death he was the assistant superintendent of the reading room and had had under his immediate charge for many years our interlibrary loan service...To his library duties Mr. Coleman brught a culture and aliterary appreciation that has left a deep impression both upon the service of the library as a whole and individually upon those fortunate to e his associates. As an author of both verse and prose his contributions were welcomed by the more important literary and historical publications. And he was honored by beings selected as poet at important historical celebrations, notably the vicentennial of the college of William and Mary, 1893, and the two hundred and eighty-eighth anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown, 1895." [1]

My tongue hath oft-times stammered bashful-wise
In they dear praise.  I pray thee pardon me.
It strove to speak the language of thine eyes,
Which none may word but thee.
--Charles Washington Coleman[2]

Material in the Special Collections Research Center


  1. Library of Congress, Report of the Libraran of Congress, fiscal year ending June 30, 1932 (Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1932). Special Collections Research Center Faculty/Alumni File, Swem Library, College of William and Mary
  2. Charles Washington Coleman, "A Poet's Apology", Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, February 1891, p. 270. Special Collections Research Center Faculty/Alumni File, Swem Library, College of William and Mary

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