FOSTER, JOHN WILSON.
John Wilson Foster papers, 1965-2018

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z9mm


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Foster, John Wilson.
Title: John Wilson Foster papers, 1965-2018
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1102
Extent: 37 linear feet (38 boxes) and 1 oversized papers box (OP)
Abstract:Papers of John Wilson Foster, professor and critic of Irish literature, including writings, correspondence, photographs, printed material, audiovisual material, and writings by others.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Selected correspondence from Gerald Dawe, Denis Donoghue, and Medbh McGuckian is restricted.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Purchased from John Wilson Foster, 2008.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], John Wilson Foster papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of Literary Collections, Rosemary Magee, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Irish Literature. All material that formed the original purchase has been retained.

Processing

Material arrived at the Rose Library organized broadly by subject by the donor. Rose Staff retained these categories. During arrangement, archivists reboxed the collection material into acid free boxes. Original folders, which contain the donor's notes have been retained.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

John Wilson Foster, professor and critic of Northern Irish literature, was born in Belfast in 1944. Foster received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and in 1974 joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia. His publications include Forces and Themes in Ulster Fiction (1974), Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival: A Changeling Art (1987), Colonial Consequences: Essays in Irish Literature and Culture (1991), The Achievement of Seamus Heaney (1995), Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History (co-edited, 1997), Titanic: The Titanic Reader (edited, 1999, 2000), The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel (edited 2006), Irish Novels, 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction (2008). He also co-edited The Poet's Place: Ulster Literature and Society (1981).

John Wilson Foster, professor and critic of Northern Irish literature, was born in Belfast in 1944. Foster received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and in 1974 joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia. His publications include Forces and Themes in Ulster Fiction (1974), Fictions of the Irish Literary Revival: A Changeling Art (1987), Colonial Consequences: Essays in Irish Literature and Culture (1991), The Achievement of Seamus Heaney (1995), Nature in Ireland: A Scientific and Cultural History (co-edited, 1997), Titanic: The Titanic Reader (edited, 1999, 2000), The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel (edited 2006), Irish Novels, 1890-1940: New Bearings in Culture and Fiction (2008). He also co-edited The Poet's Place: Ulster Literature and Society (1981).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of John Wilson Foster from 1973-2003. The papers include writings, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and writings by others. Writings by Foster include drafts of his critical work in addition to some original poetry. Also included are correspondence from and writings by many Irish writers, such as Seamus Heaney, Benedict Kiely, Philip Hobsbaum, Ciaran Carson, Gerald Dawe, Michael Longley, James Simmons, and others. The collection also includes correspondence and printed material relating to several conferences and summer programs, in addition to the publication of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature (Foster served as a contributing editor for this publication). Additions consist of additional writings by Foster and subject files he compiled while researching his numerous books. Subject files concern the literature, culture, and politics of Ireland and Northern Ireland; the natural history of Northern Ireland; the Passenger Pigeon; and the Titanic. Additions also include some audiovisual material.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.


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Container List

John Wilson Foster
Box Folder Content
1 John Wilson Foster, professional correspondence
1 John Wilson Foster writings
1 John Wilson Foster writings
1 Miscellaneous
Anthologies
1 CBC Anthology
1 Field Day Projects and Anthology
1 Northern Irish poetry - bibliography
1 The Poet's Place
1 Projected Ulster fiction anthology
Author files
2 Carson, Ciaran
2 Dawe, Gerald (1 of 3)
2 Dawe, Gerald
2 Heaney, Seamus
2 Hewitt, John
2 Hobsbaum, Philip
2 Kavanagh, Patrick
2 Kielly, Benedict
3 Kielly, Benedict
3 Longley, Edna
3 Longley, Michael
3 Miscellaneous Irish writers
3 Mahon, Derek
3 McGuckian, Medbh
3 Montague, John
3 Moore, Brian
3 Muldoon, Paul
3 Paulin, Tom
3 Rodgers, W.R.
2 Simmons, James
Conferences
4 Canadian Association for Irish Studies Conference, Vancouver, 1979
4 International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) Conference, Belfast, 1985
4 Irish writers at University of British Columbia 2001
4 John Hewitt Summer School
Printed material
4 Cultural politics miscellany
4 Poetry magazines
4 Prism International
Other
4 Photographs
5 Audiovisual material
Correspondence [Restricted]
6 Dawe, Gerald [RESTRICTED]
6 Donoghue, Denis [RESTRICTED]
6 McGuckian, Medbh [RESTRICTED]
Additions, 1965-2018
7 Literature subject files
8 Literature subject files
9 Literature subject files
23 Literature subject files
31 Literature subject files
32 Literature subject files
33 Literature subject files
34 Literature subject files
35 Literature subject files
36 Literature subject files
37 Literature subject files
10 Irish natural history subject files
11 Northern Irish politics and culture of the Troubles subject files
29 Northern Irish politics and culture of the Troubles subject files
25 Passenger pigeon subject files
26 Passenger pigeon subject files
27 Passenger pigeon subject files
28 Passenger pigeon subject files
12 Titanic subject files
13 Titanic subject files
14 Titanic subject files
15 Titanic subject files
16 Titanic subject files
30 Titanic subject files
17 Publications; literature subject files
24 Publications; periodicals
18 Natural history and literature subject files
19 Natural history subject files
20 Natural history and politics subject files
21 Natural history, politics, and culture subject files
22 Subject files, books and VHS tapes relating to the Titanic
38 Books and audiovisual material relating to the Troubles
OP1 1 Posters
OP1 2 Newspaper clippings
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