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James Joyce ephemera

Identifier: SCA-1197

Scope and Contents

The contents of this collection consist of an illustration, promotional materials for various events, a postcard, facsimile documents, an exhibition catalogue, a calendar, a small booklet, a theatre program, and a monthly publication.


  • Creation: 1941-1982

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (February 2, 1882 – January 13, 1941) was an Irish writer, poet, and literary critic. He is considered to be one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century. Joyce was born in Dublin and attended various Jesuit schools, such as the Clongowes Wood College, the O'Connell School, and the Belvedere College. He attended University College in Dublin and graduated in 1902. In 1904, he met his future wife Nora Barnacle, and they moved to Pula, Croatia; Trieste, Austria-Hungary; and Rome, Italy. Joyce and Nora's son Giorgio was born in 1905, and their daughter Lucia was born in 1907. Joyce worked on publishing various works in these countries, such as Chamber Music, Dubliners, and The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. During World War I, Joyce lived in Zurich, Switzerland and worked on writing Ulysses. In 1920, Joyce moved to Paris, living there until 1940. He became great friends with Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzergerld, Gertrude Stein, and other literary and artist expatriates who lived and worked in Paris. He became close with an American named Sylvia Beach, who with her partner Adrienne Monnier, owned and ran the bookshop Shakespeare and Company. When Joyce could not find a publisher for Ulysses, Beach agreed to publish it through her bookstore. Joyce started Finnegans Wake in 1923, finishing it in 1939 after years of health problems. Joyce died after undergoing surgery in Zurich on January 13, 1941.


0.23 Cubic Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



This collection has no series and is arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

The materials are located onsite in the department.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of this collection is unknown, but the materials may have been acquired for use in a June 1993 exhibit celebrating Bloomsday.

Processing Information

Processed in 2022 by Amanda Greenwood. This collection was processed after the materials were found in the North Stacks.

Created in 2022 by Amanda Greenwood
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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