Victory Pomeranz, a Joyce scholar, chose
Ulysses as her avocation. While affiliated
with the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University as an editor of
The Journal of Philosophy, she set as her
task an explication of references to people, places, names, and events in
Ulysses. In addition to her book collection
acquired by the HRHRC, these papers consist of her writings, notes, research
material, correspondence, conference memorabilia, maps, newspaper clippings,
newsletters, and articles written by others about Joyce. The collection is
divided into four series: Writings, Correspondence, Personal, and Joyce-Related
In the first series, typescripts of Pomeranz's writings, mostly small
articles or "Notes" for the
James Joyce Quarterly, are arranged
alphabetically by title. Correspondence related to the submission and
publication of these articles is also present. This series contains a few
unpublished articles as well as a subseries of holograph notes and research
materials. Most significant is Pomeranz's six-box collection of index cards she
used to identify references in
Ulysses. These are subdivided into
categories such as "Irish History,"
"Geography." In a letter to a colleague, Pomeranz
wrote that "Joyce has led me to an education in the
history and geography of both Ireland and the literary revival, Dublin, the
music hall, theatre and vocabulary." Also of interest are copies of pages
The Freeman's Journal for 16 June 1904 which
Pomeranz used in her research.
Series II includes correspondence with other Joyce scholars as well as
friends and librarians. Correspondents include: Morris Beja, Louis Berrone, Jim
Card, Marion Cumpiano, Clive Hart, Richard Kain, Jean Kimball, Louis Mink,
William Schutte, Thomas Staley, and Weldon Thornton. Copies of Pomeranz's
letters to others are frequently attached to her incoming correspondence.
The third Series, Personal, is most notable for its inclusion of
materials related to Pomeranz's study abroad at the School of Irish Studies in
the summer of 1971.
The Joyce-related materials in Series IV include articles on Joyce by
numerous authors, conference and symposium literature, newspaper clippings and
other printed information about Joyce, newsletters, maps of Dublin and Ireland
(including one hand-drawn map of Dublin), and information on Richard Ellmann
and Frances Steloff.