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Jack P. Dalton:

A Preliminary Inventory of His James Joyce Research Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Dalton, Jack P.
Title: James Joyce Research Papers
Dates: circa 1960-1976, undated
Extent: 19 document boxes, 31 note card boxes (12.60 linear feet)
Abstract: Notes, transcriptions, photocopies, pamphlets, offprints, correspondence, drafts of articles, essays, presentations, and clippings document Jack P. Dalton’s research and publications focused on the work of James Joyce.
Language: English
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Gift, 2007 (G12546)

Processed by:

Robert Fulton, Katy Hill, 2008

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


Notes, transcriptions, photocopies, pamphlets, offprints, correspondence, drafts of articles, essays, presentations, and clippings document Jack P. Dalton’s research and publications focused on the work of James Joyce. Dalton was an early textual scholar of Joyce and was highly critical of inaccuracies in published editions of Joyce’s work. He vehemently called for a critical edition of Ulysses during the 1960s and 1970s and his work aided Hans Walter Gabler with Gabler’s 1984 edition of Ulysses based on original Joyce manuscripts and proofs. Dalton’s papers date from the 1960s to 1970s and are generally in good condition. Identifying notes created by Robert Fulton during the processing of the materials remain in or on the folders.

The materials are arranged in four series: I. Research Materials (11 boxes, 29 note card boxes); II. Works (6 boxes, 2 note card boxes); III. Correspondence (2 boxes); and IV. Works By Others (2 folders).

The Research series is the largest in the papers and is divided into two subseries: A. James Joyce and B. General. The bulk of the research material is in the James Joyce subseries and is filed alphabetically by title of work. Within the titles, materials are filed alphabetically by folder heading. Finnegans Wake and Ulysses are especially well documented and materials for these two titles include Dalton’s extensive transcriptions and notes mainly from original Joyce manuscripts at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Also present in the series are transcriptions of Joyce correspondence, general reference materials related to Joyce, and note cards created by Dalton and used by Hans Walter Gabler for his edition of Ulysses. The General subseries contains a small number of photocopies documenting texts and bibliographies not related to Joyce.

The Works series contains offprints, typescript drafts, and photocopies of essays, journal articles, presentations, reviews, and letters to editors by Dalton. Also present are small amounts of correspondence and research materials associated with specific works. The bulk of the works are in chronological order, followed by small groups of undated and unidentified materials. The series includes both published and unpublished works with full citations given for the published pieces.

The Correspondence series consists of seven folders in alphabetical order by correspondent name, with the exception of two folders labeled “General” and “Unidentified.” The bulk of the material consists of incoming letters to Dalton from publishers, editors, and other Joyce scholars, such as T. S. Eliot, William Gaddis, and Michael Groden. Correspondence is also sometimes present in the Research Materials and Works series and a location index of all correspondent names is provided in this finding aid.

Series IV. Works by Others is the smallest series and consists of two folders of offprints, many of which are inscribed to Dalton from the various authors. The works are filed in alphabetical order by author name.