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Frank O'Connor Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS Group 092

Scope and Content

Holograph journals and notebooks, corrected and uncorrected typescripts, carbon copies, tearsheets, galleys, and occasional correspondence related to the publication of Frank O'Connor's literary works. The major part of the collection is the short story material, O'Connor's chief genre, but this is supplemented by non-fiction including literary criticism, lecture notes, scripts of radio broadcasts, autobiographical material, with reminiscences of his work with the Abbey Theatre, and some sixty-three articles for newspapers and magazines. O'Connor's personal and other professional relationships with William Butler Yeats, George Russell, and other noted Irish authors and playwrights are delineated in the private holograph journals as well as in papers prepared for publication. The short story typescripts, many of which have extensive manuscript revisions and additions, offer opportunities to study O'Connor's artistic methodology, while the lecture notes and critical articles reveal his insights into the methodologies and major themes of other literary figures. The non-fiction also reflects O'Connor's devotion to Ireland and his efforts to preserve its monuments, language, and culture preserve its monuments, language, and culture.

Dates

  • 1927-1972

Creator

Access

The collection is open for research. None of the material is restricted from viewing, although some is too fragile for photocopying. Care should be exercised, of course, in handling papers that are becoming brittle.

Usage Restrictions

"Fair use" publication is permitted, but major projects must be approved by the executor.

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank O'Connor (1903-1966) was an Irish author best known for his short stories and memoirs.

Extent

10 Linear feet (24 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Journals and notebooks, corrected and uncorrected typescripts, carbon copies, tearsheets, galleys, and occasional correspondence related to the publication of Frank O'Connor's literary works. The major part of the collection is the short story material, O'Connor's chief genre, but this is supplemented by non-fiction including literary criticism, lecture notes, scripts of radio broadcasts, autobiographical material, with reminiscences of his work with the Abbey Theatre, and some sixty-three articles for newspapers and magazines.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Custodial History

The O'Connor papers include all the literary manuscripts and related materials (excluding printed books) left to Harriet Sheehy by Michael O'Donovan. The papers are arranged as they were received from the bookdealer, by genre, and they are all in acceptable condition.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the University of Florida from Harriet Sheehy, Frank O'Connor's literary executor, through Glenn Horowitz, bookseller, October 1988. Upon Ms. Sheehy's death her daughter Harriet O'Donovan will succeed her as executor.

Title
A Guide to the Frank O'Connor Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Carmen Russell Hurff
Date
September 2011
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755