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Victory Pomeranz:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator Pomeranz, Victory
Title Victory Pomeranz Papers
Dates: ca. 1970-1990
Extent 5 boxes, 1 oversize flat file (2.72 linear feet)
Abstract: These papers consist of writings, notes, research material, correspondence, conference memorabilia, maps, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and articles written by others relating to James Joyce.
Language English.
Access

Open for research




Acquisition

Gift no. 8889

Processed by

Liz Murray, 1996

Repository:

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin


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 Materials.

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 This series contains a few unpublished articles as well as a subseries of holograph notes and research materials.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," "Music Titles," "Regiments," "Vocabulary," and "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 from the 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.