Today marks the 130th birthday of James Joyce. The Department of Special Collections is renowned for its extensive Joyceana holdings, including the Harriet Shaw Weaver library, the Paul & Lucie Léon collection of James Joyce (Coll. No. 1984.005), and various correspondence and important editions of the author’s works contained in other collections.
Series 1 of the Richard Ellmann papers (Coll. No. 1988.012) includes correspondence to and from Joyce, his friends, relatives, critics and scholars from the research files for Ellmann’s James Joyce biography.
In total, the department houses over 700 items by or about Joyce, from first editions to artists’ books, literary criticism, and periodicals.