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Kerr, C. Douglas Collection of Hemingway Scholarship

Identifier: 2018-004-Kerr

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Charles Douglas "Doug" Kerr graduated from Rollins College in 1966 with a BA in English. At Rollins he met his wife of 55 years, Elaine Lawrence Kerr. He played on the Rollins College Soccer team and was captain his senior year. He also served as Commander of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He began his career with Martin Marietta and grew to become a senior manager of communication at Lockheed Martin. Kerr developed his avocation for Hemingway while studying at Rollins and through his association with his Princeton, New Jersey neighbor, Dr. Carlos Baker, a lifelong friend and Hemingway's official biographer. Since graduation, Kerr has written many articles and reviews on Hemingway books for the Orlando Sentinel, as well as lectured locally on his favorite author. The Old Man and the Sea was his favorite book. To support his passion, Kerr has maintained an extensive collection of Hemingway scholarship including personal library and secondary-source materials, which he donated to Rollins College in September 2018. The Charles Douglas Kerr Collection of Hemingway Scholarship is housed in the Archives & Special Collections within Olin Library, and 344 of his books are available for checkout from the general library collection, , including the newest books he had acquired, such as Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World; Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That Launched an American Legend; and Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961. Mr. Kerr passed away in July 2020.


  • Event: 2018-09-10


4 Linear Feet (Three boxes of archival materials collected by Douglas Kerr '66, mostly clippings from magazines and newspapers, on the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, in addition to his personal library of several hundred titles including first edition books.)

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The Hemingway Library, located on the campus of Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, was established to enable the continued growth and maintenance of Ernest Hemingway's literary world.

C. Douglas Kerr, Rollins College '66

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Repository Details

Part of the Rollins College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Rollins College Box 2744
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park 32789-4499 US