Marguerite Anne Swallen
Spouse(s): Lyle Charles Roll
Family tree: Marguerite Anne Swallen 1927-1996
Marguerite Anne Swallen, Syracuse University, 1948
Marguerite Anne Swallen was born on 7 Aug 1927 in Ohio to Norwood W. and Gladys M. Swallen.
In September 1997, the Library [of Congress] received the major part of a $1 million bequest from the estate of Marguente S. Roll. The gift's purpose is "for the improvement and expansion of the Library's Local History and Genealogy Collections." Mrs. Roll was an active user and supporter of the Library, a founding member of the Library's James Madison Council and a member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board. President Bush first appointed Mrs. Roll to the Library's Trrust Fund Board in 1990. Just days before her untimely death, the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House of Representatives, appointed her to a second term.
On learning about the bequest. Dr Billington, the Librarian of Congress, said, "Marguerue was a wonderful ambassador for the Library and an example of the best kind of Library supporter. As a frequent user of the Library she understood the importance of our collections and services and was willing to devote both her time and resources to the good of the Library. She had a genuine love for genealogy and served as an astute advisor and generous patron of the Library's local history and genealogy programs. As a member of the Trust Fund Board. Marguerite was most conscientious in her duties and always had creative suggestions for improving the functioning of the Board and its oversight of the the Library's trust funds. Although the Library has lost a genuine friend, her bequest will have a positive impact on the Library's Local H1story and Genealogy Collecuons and will serve to strengthen the public and scholarly programs in this area."
ln 1990. Mrs Roll established a Local History and Genealogy Gift Fund at the Library of Congress. Having done extensive genealogical research in the Local History Reading Room, she chose to contribute to the expansion of reading room Services. The fund made possible a series of staff training sessions and a lecture on Heraldry in America by John P. B. Brooke-Little, one of the United Kingdom's most authorities on heraldry.
In addition to supporting the Library's Local History and Genealogy Section, she was a generous supporter of the Library of Congress James Madison Council. As an active member of the Council. Mrs. Roll worked on several projects and acted as the Librarian's "ambassador" in preparation for the Council's visits to the great libraries of England and France.
The Local History and Genealogy Collection at the Library of Congress is one of the world's premier collections of U.S. und foreign genealogical and local historical publications. The genealogy collection began as early as 1815 when Thomas Jefferson's library was purchased. Through generations of international givmg, today these family history collections contain more than 40,000 compiled family histories and over 100,000 U.S. local histories. Mrs. Roll's generous bequest will allow this section to expand its resources, strengthen its services and scholarly programs and explore new ways to make the collections more accessible to the general public. (This is a donor restricted fund.)
Source: The Library of Congress Development Office: Honoring Our Donors, Roll Trust Fund for Local History and Genealogy.