CARSON, CIARAN, 1948-
Ciaran Carson papers
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Series 9
Arts Council of Northern Ireland records, 1973-1998
Boxes 45-47

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material related to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from 1973-1985. Materials include grant applications, correspondence, project files, and photographs. Ciaran Carson worked as Traditional Arts Officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) from 1976-1998. During his time as Traditional Arts Officer, Carson published his first prose work that examined Irish Traditional Music, an Appletree Press guide book called Irish Traditional Music (1986). He recommenced his public life as a poet with the 1987 publication of The Irish for No, but his interest in and work on behalf of traditional music continued, culminating in his intimate and celebrated consideration of Irish music entitled Last Night's Fun: About Time, Food and Music (1996). Carson resigned from the ACNI in October 1998.

While these Arts Council materials are arranged in four subsections, the folders themselves retain Carson's own system of organization. Thus, in most cases the names of particular folders were originally Carson's. "General Materials" contains documents largely pertaining to financial and other such administrative records. "Projects" contains mostly correspondence between the Arts Council and various groups and individuals involved in the organization of specific cultural events and programs. "Correspondence" collects more general bodies of communication between the Arts Council and those it supports, whether individuals or institutions. The final subsection, "Printed and Other Material" gathers miscellaneous materials such as photos and negatives as well as press clippings.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

General Materials
Box Folder Content
45 1 Applications for Grant Aid, 1978-1981
45 2 Applications for Grant Aid, 1982-1983
45 3 Applications for Grant Aid, 1984-1985
45 4 Applications for Grant Aid by Carson, 2003
45 5 District Councils, 1973-1978
45 6 Entertainment Returns, 1981-1982
45 7 Job Description of Traditional Arts Officer, 1980
45 8 Subsidies for Performers, 1976-1984
45 9 The Poet's Chair, 1997
Projects
45 10 Armagh Pipers' Club, January 1980
45 11 Audio Arts, 1983
45 12 Collecting Audio and Video, 1976-1978
45 13 Collecting Songs and Music, 1980
45 14 Community Arts, 1973
46 1 Crafts, 1978-1980
46 2 Dancing, 1976-1979
46 3 Dancing: Andersontown Ceili Club
46 4 Festivals of Traditional Singing, 1980
46 5 Folk Music Projects, 1980-1981
46 6 Music Classes, 1980
46 7 Music Classes and Educational Agencies, 1976-1979
46 8 Music Classes [Other Bodies], 1980
46 9 Other Recordings, 1973-1985
46 10 Radio and Television [Countdown to the Festival], 1976-1977
46 11 Seminars and Feiseanna, 1976-1979
46 12 Seminars and Feiseanna, 1980
46 13 Slow Air, 1975-1978
46 14 Traditional Music Festivals, 1979-1984
46 15 You and Yours: Traditional Music Tour, 1980
46 16 Young Arts, 1980
Correspondence
46 17 Appletree Press, 1976-78
46 18 Appletree Press, 1980
46 19 Blackstaff Press, 1973-1979
46 20 Blackstaff Press, 1980
47 1 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, 1975-1980
47 2 Comhdháil Náisíunta Na Gaeilge, 1976-1977
47 3 Correspondence with Other Artists, 1980
47 4 Culman Cholmcille, 1980
47 5 Ministry of Education, 1970-1976
47 6 Musicians' Correspondence, 1977-1982 [photos, 45 rpm singles, clippings]
47 7 Other Clubs and Societies, 1975-1985
47 8 Other Presses, 1980
47 9 Other Promotions, 1980
47 10 Siamsa Tire [The National Folk Theatre of Ireland], 1978-1979
47 11 Ulster Federation of Folk Clubs and Other Such Bodies, 1980-1981
47 12 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1987-1988
Printed and Other Materials
47 13 Photos, negatives of July 12 arches
47 14 Press Comment and Reviews, 1973-1978 [includes James Simmons review]
47 15 Tyrone Guthrie Center, 1998
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