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Söllner (Roman Robert) illustrated notebook
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A notebook created in 1948 by Roman Robert Söllner, a German-American soldier, containing hand-drawn and colored illustrations, original verse, and notes in German and English. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations accompany the verse and notes. The author of the notebook generally signs himself "Roman," but also as "Roman Roberts" and "Roman Robert Söllner." Ancestry.com includes a number of records for a Roman Robert Söllner (1925-1995) born in Germany and naturalized as an American citizen in Cleveland at the age of 36. That the author of this notebook is a German-American seems highly likely based on fluency in both languages and the European style of handwriting. Söllner may have been stationed in North Africa, given his satirical depictions of "Moors" along with drawings of minarets, "Raki" [a Turkish liquor], and drinking brandy under the moonlight by the Nile River. The notebook also includes several other illustrations, quick sketches of people dancing, a few portrait studies, and some lists and names of contacts, mostly in the United States.
Extent
0.06 Linear Feet 1 rare book box
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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