Rowland Collins 1986

The photo (left) and the following text are from the 1986 UR yearbook, Interpres (page 198).

Rowland L. Collins came to the University of Rochester in 1967 and served as the Chairman of the English Department from 1972 to 1981. He was an internationally known authority on Anglo-Saxon literature and the Victorian period, and had published numerous articles on both subjects. Mr. Collins was a leading figure in landmark preservation in Rochester, and he contributed much to the community.

Mr. Collins received a Bachelor's Degree with honors from Princeton University in 1956, and a Master's Degree and Doctorate from Stanford University in 1959 and 1961, respectively.

Mr. Collins was a gifted teacher, scholar, and administrator. In the words of Dean J. Paul Hunter, "Rowland Collins brought distinction to this University, both through his own scholarship and through the outstanding leadership he provided on the campus and in the community."

Rowland and his wife Sarah spearheaded the formation of the Friends of Mt Hope [Cemetery] in 1979. When he died in 1985, "An Appreciation" of his life appeared in Epitaph, the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery newsletter.

Rowland Collins, 1980s


Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Manuscripts in America. New York: Pierpont Morgan Lib., 1976.


"King Alfred's Aestel Reconsidered." Leeds Studies in English 16 (1985): 37-58.

"The Simplest Emendation of Cymbeline III.iv.132-135." Shakespeare Quarterly 15.4 (1964): 448-449.

"The Texts of 'The Vicar of Shiplake'." The Tennyson Research Bulletin 4.3 (1984): 114-122.


"Blickling Homily XVI and the Dating of Beowulf." Bald, Wolf-Dietrich (ed.) Weinstock, Host (ed.) Medieval Studies Conference Aachen 1983: Language and Literature. Frankfort: Peter Lang, 1984.

"The Common Origin of Aelfric Fragments at New Haven, Oxford, Cambridge, and Bloomington." Burlin, Robert B., Irving, Edward B., Jr., Borroff, Marie. Old English Studies in Honour of John C. Pope. Toronto: University of Toronto, 1974.

"Six Words in the Blickling Homilies." Rosier, James L. Philological Essays: Studies in Old and Middle English Language and Literature in Honour of Herbert Dean Meritt. The Hague: Mouton, 1970.


Beowulf. Pearson, Lucien A Glance Backward: A Series of Summary Evaluations of the Scholarship on Old English Language, Literature, and Civilization written between 1967 and 1977 / by contributors to the annual Year's Work in Old English Studies, Colin Chase, [et al.] ; edited with an introduction by Rowland L. Collins.

Fourteen British & American Poets. New York, Macmillan: [1967, c1964].

Remington, Carolyn Lyon. The Straight & Narrow Path /ink illustrations by Virginia S. Dryer ; edited, with introduction by Rowland L. Collins. Brooklyn, NY: Printed by Theo Gaus Ltd., c1981.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1974." Old English Newsletter 9:1 (1976): 11-60.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1975." Old English Newsletter 10:1 (1976): 25-84.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1976." Old English Newsletter 11:1 (1977): 17-94.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1977." Old English Newsletter 12:1 (1978): 15-93.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1978." Old English Newsletter 13:1 (1979): 15-79.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1979." Old English Newsletter 14.1 (1980): 15-81.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1980." Old English Newsletter 15:1 (1981): 37-152.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1981." Old English Newsletter 16:1 (1982): 31-146.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1982." Old English Newsletter 17:1 (1983): 33-168.

"The Year's Work in Old English Studies: 1983." Old English Newsletter 18:1 (1984): 35-178.


The Devil and the Lady, and Unpublished Early Poems. Tennyson, Charles, ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1964.

Grahame, Kenneth. Dream days, with a pref. for the Garland ed. by Rowland L. Collins. New York: Garland Pub., 1976.

Lyon, Linda. June in September: Collected poems by Linda Lyon . With an afterword by Rowland L. Collins. Imprint: Rochester, N.Y., 1973.