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Francis Coleman Rosenberger

(1915-    )

poet, editor, and attorney

Francis Coleman Rosenberg was born on March 22, 1915, in Manassas, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia (1932-1936)(1937-1940) and received his law degree from George Washington University. He served as a member of the legal and legislative staff, at the U.S. Senate (1942-78) and was attorney to the Committee on the Judiciary from 1955 to 1978, serving as chief counsel and staff director from 1976 to 1978. Rosenberg was president of the Federal Bar Association (1965-1966) and associated with the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C. [Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2002]


Francis Coleman Rosenberger, Four Poems for the New Year ([Muscatine: Prairie Press, 1942])

_______________________, The Virginia Poems (New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1943)

_______________________, One Season Here: Poems, 1943-1946 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1946)

________________________, XII Poems (New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1946)

_______________________, An Alphabet (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1978)

_______________________, The Visit (Tabula Rasa Press, 1984)

________________________, Pattern and Variation: Poems (Rexburg, Idaho: Honeybrook Press, 1986)


Francis Coleman Rosenberger (ed.),Virginia Reader: A Treasury of Writings from the First Voyages to the Present (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948)(New York: Octagon Books, 1972)

_______________________ Some Notes on the Rosenberger Family in Pennsylvania & Virginia, 1729-1950 (Richmond: Printed for private circulation [by] the William Byrd Press, 1950)

_______________________ (ed.), American Sampler: A Selection of New Poetry (Iowa City: Prairie Press, 1951)

_______________________ (ed.), Jefferson Reader: A Treasury of Writings about Thomas Jefferson (New York: Dutton, 1953)

_______________________ (ed.), Of Prisons and Justice: A Selection of the Writings of James V. Bennett (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964)

_______________________ (ed.), The Robinson-Rosenberger Journey to the Gold Fields of California, 1849-1850; the Diary of Zirkle D. Robinson (Iowa City: Prairie Press, 1966)

_______________________ (ed.), Washington and the Poet (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1977)

_______________________ (ed.), Records of the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, DC (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1961-80)(8 vols.)

Research Resources

Papers of [Francis] Coleman Rosenberger, 1946-1952
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia