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Richard Ellmann papers

Identifier: 1988-012

Scope and Contents

This collection contains of a wide variety of research and personal materials (correspondence, offprint and photocopied articles, photographs, and sound recordings) for his classes, lectures, and writing as well as extensive files (including drafts, setting copies, galley and page proofs) for his published books.

These reflect Ellmann's long interest in biography, Irish authors James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Samuel Beckett as well as French authors Andre Gide and Henri Michaux.


  • Creation: 1837 - 1990



These materials are primarily in English but include materials in French, Italian and German.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Richard Ellmann: A Chronology

[Adapted from Omnium Gatherum (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1989)]

1918 Born 15 March, Highland Park, Michigan 1939 B.A., Yale 1941 M.A., Yale 1942-3 Instructor, Harvard 1943-46 US Navy and Office of Strategic Services 1947 B.Litt., Trinity College Dublin; Ph.D., Yale 1947-48 Instructor, Harvard 1948 Yeats: The Man and the Masks (New York: Macmillan) 1948-51 Assistant Professor, Harvard 1949 Married Mary Donohue, 12 August 1951-68 Professor of English, Northwestern 1954 The Identity of Yeats (London: Macmillan, New York: Oxford UP) 1956 Fellow, Indiana University 1958 My Brother’s Keeper by Stanislaus Joyce, edited by Richard Ellmann 1959 Visiting Professor, University of Chicago James Joyce (New York, London: Oxford UP) The Critical Writings of James Joyce, edited with Ellsworth Mason 1960 Fellow, Indiana University 1964 The Identity of Yeats, 2nd edition. (London: Faber and Faber; New York: Oxford UP) 1965 The Modern Tradition, edited with Charles Feidelson, Jr. 1966-72 Senior Fellow, Indiana University 1966 Letters of James Joyce, volumes 2 and 3 1967 Visiting Professor, University of Chicago Eminent Domain (New York: Oxford UP) 1968-70 Professor of English, Yale 1968 Giacomo Joyce, edited by Richard Ellmann 1969 Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Richard Ellmann 1970-84 Professor of English, Oxford 1972 Ulysses on the Liffey (New York: Oxford UP; London: Faber and Faber) 1973 Golden Codgers (New York, London: Oxford UP) The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, edited with Robert O'Clair 1974 Ulysses on the Liffey, revised paper edition 1975-77 Visiting Professor, University of Chicago 1975 Selected Letters of James Joyce 1976 Modern Poems: An Introduction to Poetry, edited with Robert O'Clair New Oxford Book of American Verse, edited by Richard Ellmann 1977 The Consciousness of Joyce (London: Faber and Faber; New York: Oxford UP) 1979 Yeats: The Man and the Masks, corrected edition 1982 James Joyce, new and revised edition The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings, edited by Richard Ellmann 1982-86 Professor of English, Emory (following having achieved Emeritus status at Oxford) 1984 Ulysses on the Liffey, reissued with further corrections 1986 Four Dubliners (London: Hamish Hamilton; New York: Braziller) 1987 Oscar Wilde (London: Hamish Hamilton; New York: Knopf) Died 13 May, Oxford


455 boxes

Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor and 5th floor oversize shelves.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase. The Ellmann Papers came to Tulsa from three sources: the largest number of files were in Ellmann's Oxford rooms; a smaller number were in his London home; and another lot was transferred from the Emory University Library where Ellmann had deposited them during his time there. This last lot appeared to be a mix of older personal papers and research files from his Northwestern days as well as some Emory papers.

File Plan

Ellmann used a number of different principles for determining filing point in these several sequences, and he followed those principles with less than perfect consistency. Our inventory, consequently, is neither exhaustive nor fully descriptive of folder contents. It may, however, prove a useful starting point for many research projects.

The contents of individual files have been left largely undisturbed, but the files themselves have been organized into three principal series: the research files; Ellmann family correspondence; and personal and miscellaneous papers.

Richard Ellmann papers
Sidney F. Huttner, et al. Final version by M. Burkart.
1992 January
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-08: Complete overhaul of Research series. Creation of Series 2 and 3.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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