TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of James T. Farrell

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the James T. Farrell Papers, 1949-1967


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979
Title James T. Farrell Papers
Dates 1949-1967
Extent 0.1 linear feet (8 folders)
Abstract Seven manuscript items written by author James T. Farrell. Includes two letters to Robert Hardy Andrews, editor of a Chicago literary magazine Midweek; one letter to “Louis”; and four one-page pieces of commentary on his short stories. Also, a large signed photograph of Farrell speaking at the “Mobilization of the International Peace and Freedom Day” in Paris, 1949.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS 156
Collection Stack Location 3a 35 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

James T. Farrell Papers, Midwest Manuscript Collection, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Purchase, 1998.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Access

The James T. Farrell Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The James T. Farrell Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of James T. Farrell

American author.

Born and raised in South Chicago, Farrell is best-known for his Chicago-based Studs Lonigan trilogy, 1932-1935. Having dropped out of college to become a writer, Farrell settled in New York City, where he began a productive writing career. Besides Studs Lonigan, he published short stories, literary criticism, and poetry, and gave numerous lectures and speeches.

Farrell was one of the most influential and well-educated novelists of the 1930s and 1940s, in the tradition of literary intellectuals combining left-wing politics and creative writing. He died in 1979.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection of seven items and a signed photograph. Includes two long letters to Robert Hardy Andrews, editor of Chicago literary magazine Midweek, in which Farrell discusses his Chicago fiction, and one to someone named “Louis”. Also, four one-page pieces of Farrell commentary on his writing: “Helen I Love You”, “Bernard Clare”, “Collected Short Stories of James T. Farrell”, and “The Stories of James T. Farrell”. The 8x10” photograph shows Farrell at a microphone at the Mobilization of the International Peace and Freedom Day, April 30, 1949, in Paris, France.

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Arrangement

Arranged by type of material.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Andrews, Robert Hardy, 1908-1999
  • Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979

Subjects

  • American literature -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- In literature
  • Correspondence -- United States -- 1951-2000
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Novelists, American

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Container List

Box Folder Contents
1 1-2 Two letters to Robert Hardy Andrews, Dec. 22, 1961; undated
1 3 Letter to “Louis”, Mar. 31, 1967
1 4 “Helen I Love You”, (1 page), undated
1 5 “Bernard Clare”, (1 page), undated
1 6 “Collected Short Stories of James T. Farrell”, (1 page), undated
1 7 “The Stories of James T. Farrell”, typescript (1 page), undated
1 8 Photograph, April 30, 1949