University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

J. Howard Woolmer:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Sebastian Barry and Penelope Fitzgerald at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Woolmer, J. Howard, 1929-
Title: J. Howard Woolmer Collection of Sebastian Barry and Penelope Fitzgerald
Dates: 1978-2014
Abstract: Rare book dealer J. Howard Woolmer's personal and professional files relating to the archives of authors Sebastian Barry and Penelope Fitzgerald.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-4882
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the files rare book dealer J. Howard Woolmer maintained on authors Sebastian Barry and Penelope Fitzgerald. The files are primarily correspondence concerning the sale and transport of the authors' manuscript collections to the Harry Ransom Center. Woolmer was friendly with both of his clients and continued to correspond with them after he brokered the sales of their collections. In the case of Fitzgerald, Woolmer continued to correspond with family members after her death, and contributed to research for biographies.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Separated Material

One cassette recording of the Somerville London Literary Group discussing Penelope Fitzgerald, dated 1 October 2003, was transferred to the Ransom Center’s Sound Recordings Collection.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gifts, 2001 (G11927), 2016 (16-06-023-G)

Processed by:

Elizabeth E. Preston, 2016


Container List

Barry, Sebastian
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1.1 Correspondence, 2001-2013
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1.2 Sale of manuscripts to Harry Ransom Center, 2001
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1.3 Sale of manuscripts to Harry Ransom Center, 2005
Fitzgerald, Penelope
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1.4-1.8 Correspondence, 1978-2014
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1.9 Correspondence between Fitzgerald and Phillip Christensen (photocopies), 1993-1999
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1.10 Memorial service program, 10 October 2000
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1.11 Notes for collection appraisal, 1988
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1.12 Reviews and articles, 1989-2000