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Robert Sargent literary papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2308

Scope and Contents

This collection includes published and unpublished poetry, drafts, correspondence, and biographical materials related to the literary and personal life of poet Robert Sargent. The materials range in date from 1923-2006.

Dates

  • Creation: 1923-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950 - 2006

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Robert S. Sargent was an electrical engineer, Defense Department defensive weapons specialist, and published poet who lived most of his adult life in Washington, DC. He was born in New Orleans in 1912, raised in Mississippi, and was a 1933 graduate of Mississippi State University. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he worked at the Pentagon from the late 1940s until 1972. During his time at the Pentagon he was the recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Sargent began writing poetry in his fifties and published 11 books of poetry: Now is Always the Miraculous Time (1977), A Woman from Memphis (1979), Aspects of a Southern Story (1983), Fish Galore (1989), The Cartographer (1994), Stealthy Days (1998), The Jazz Poems of Robert Sargent (2000), Altered in the Telling (2001),Wonderous News (2002), 99 After 80 (2003), and Lula and I (2004). Sargent's literary subjects included his family, the South, art, love, the Bible, and jazz. His poems were published in a number of literary journals, including Antioch Review, New York Quarterly, Georgia Review, Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Western Humanities Review and many others. His poems also appeared in a number of anthologies, including Poetry magazine’s The Poetry Anthology.

Sargent died on April 24, 2006 in Washington after suffering a stroke.

Extent

11.5 Linear Feet (23 document boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Robert S. Sargent was an electrical engineer, Defense Department defensive weapons specialist, and published poet who lived most of his adult life in Washington, DC. He was born in New Orleans in 1912 and died in Washington, DC in 2006. He began writing poetry in his fifties.

This collection includes published and unpublished poetry, drafts, correspondence, and biographical materials related to the literary and personal life of poet Robert Sargent. The materials range in date from 1923-2006.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: Biographical documents; Correspondence; Poetry

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Jane Barnett, August 31, 2012, 2012.072

Reparative Description Project

This finding aid was revised in 2022 to address problematic descriptive language related to disability in a folder title. During that revision, description was not edited or removed, but additional information was provided to add context. The Historic Context note for this archival object explains the revision. To view the Historic Context note that discusses the revision use Folder title of poem . To view the finding aid prior to this revision work please use Pre-revision November 2022 finding aid of the Robert Sargent literary papers

Source

Title
Preliminary guide to the Robert Sargent literary papers, 1923-2006
Status
Folder Inventory
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America