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Thomas Connolly correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0107
Thomas E. Connolly (1918-2002) was a literary critic and professor in the University at Buffalo Department of English. This collection consists of letters between Connolly and various writers, some of which are personal and/or relate to his research interests, but most of which document the hiring of writers as faculty for summer sessions at the University at Buffalo.

Dates

  • 1953-1986

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Thomas Connolly correspondence, 1953-1986, is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Overview

This collection consists of letters between Thomas Connolly and various writers, some of which are personal and/or relate to his research interests, but most of which document the hiring of writers as faculty for summer sessions at the University at Buffalo.

Biographical Note

Thomas E. Connolly (1918-2002) was a literary critic and professor in the University at Buffalo Department of English. Born in New York City, he graduated from Fordham University and served with the U.S. Army from 1942-46. In 1948 he married the Mary Gould and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. Connelly taught at Chicago's Loyola University, the University of Idaho and Creighton University in Omaha before joining the UB faculty in 1953. He chaired the UB Faculty Senate in the late 1960s during the years of campus unrest.

Connelly's critical essays in English and American literature appeared widely in scholarly journals, and he wrote and edited several books on James Joyce. Among them are The Personal Library of James Joyce: A Descriptive Bibliography, published by the University of Buffalo in 1955 and republished in 1957 and 1974; James Joyce's Scribbledehobble: The Ur-Workbook for Finnegans Wake (Northwestern University Press, 1961), and Joyce's Portrait: Criticisms and Critiques (Appleton, 1962).

Acquisition Information

Thomas Connolly donated these materials to the Poetry Collection.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Further materials related to the hiring of faculty for the UB English Department's summer sessions can be found by searching for correspondence with William Sylvester, Mac Hammond, and Albert Cook, particularly in the Contemporary Manuscripts Collection (PCMS-0001).

Processing Information

Materials were originally intermingled with other collections, primarily the Contemporary Manuscript Collection (PCMS-0001). In December 2018, Archivist Marie Elia retrieved these items to reconstitute the collection based on letters documenting the original donations. Other items may have been part of this collection but could not be documented as such; see Related Materials for more information.
Title
Finding aid for the Thomas Connolly correspondence
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Marie Elia.
Date
December 2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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