Guide to the Richard Ellmann (1918-1987) Papers

Collection Title: Richard Ellmann (1918-1987) Papers
Dates: 1951-1987
Identification: 11/3/11/26
Creator: Ellmann, Richard, 1918-1987
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The sparse collection of miscellaneous papers of Richard Ellmann, an internationally known scholar, author and editor and an authority on James Joyce and W. B. Yeats, is contained in one box. It consists of biographical material obtained from Northwestern University official records, newspaper accounts and clippings, and publishers' publicity from 1951 to 1987. There are programs of many conferences in which he participated together with public lectures given in the U.S. and abroad. His correspondence consists of six letters. Several folders contain published reviews of his books on James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. A number of reprints for his many articles are contained in one folder.
Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Archives biographical files on August 31, 1982 as Accession # 82-95.
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty; December 8, 1993.
Separated Materials: None.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: The main corpus of Richard Ellmann's papers is held by the University of Tulsa Library. For a bibliography of Ellmann's writing, see the Library of Congress Catalogs for the years 1959 to 1997.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Richard David Ellmann was born on March 15, 1918 in Highland Park, Michigan. From his early education in Michigan, he attended Yale University where he obtained a B.A. degree in 1939, M.A. degree in 1941, and a Ph.D. degree in 1947. After serving for three years in the O.S.S. during World War II, he obtained a Bachelor of Letters degree from Trinity College, Dublin in 1947. During 1942-1951 he taught at Harvard University on an irregular basis. In 1951 he became a member of the Department of English at Northwestern University where he remained until 1968.

He returned to the faculty at Yale for one year before accepting a post at New College, Oxford (England). Ellmann's distinguished career ended there with his death in 1987.

Ellmann was an internationally known scholar, author and editor and an authority on James Joyce and W. B. Yeats. His scholarly pursuit of these two literary figures alone brought him much recognition. He was the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships in 1950 and 1957, and was named Franklin Bliss Snyder professor of English at Northwestern in 1963. He received the National Book award in 1960.

Scope and Content

The sparse collection of miscellaneous papers of Richard Ellmann is contained in one box. It consists of biographical material obtained from Northwestern University official records, newspaper accounts and clippings, and publishers' publicity from 1951 to 1987. There are programs of many conferences in which he participated together with public lectures given in the U.S. and abroad. His correspondence consists of six letters. Several folders contain published reviews of his books on James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Oscar Wilde. A number of reprints for his many articles are contained in one folder.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of English

Personal Name

Ellmann, Richard, 1918-1987

Subjects

English literature--History and criticism--Sources


Container List / Contents

  • BiographyBox 1, Folder 1
  • ObituariesBox 1, Folder 2
  • Biography - News ReleasesBox 1, Folder 3
  • ClippingsBox 1, Folder 4
  • Clippings - Trial of H. Miller, Tropic of CancerBox 1, Folder 5
  • Biography - ProgramsBox 1, Folder 6
  • CorrespondenceBox 1, Folder 7
  • LecturesBox 1, Folder 8
  • Book Reviews by EllmannBox 1, Folder 9
  • Reviews of W.B. YeatsBox 1, Folder 10
  • Reviews of James Joyce, BiographyBox 1, Folder 11
  • Reviews of James Joyce, LettersBox 1, Folder 12
  • Reviews of Oscar WildeBox 1, Folder 13
  • ReprintsBox 1, Folder 14
  • Lucy EllmannBox 1, Folder 15