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Series 1
Correspondence, 1977-2011
Boxes 1-12 and 69

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of Rita Ann Higgins' correspondence from 1977-2011. Letters are both personal and professional in nature and document Higgins' relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. There are many letters regarding publication of her poetry, particularly from editor Neil Astley at Bloodaxe Books and agent Gráinne Healy, as well as letters from professional organizations such as Aosdána and literary festivals such as Cúirt. Other professional letters are from colleges and universities inviting her to speak on their campus. There are also numerous letters from Higgins' husband, Christopher (Christy), her daughters, Heather and Jennifer, and her sister, Carmel, as well as friends Anne Kennedy, Paul Durcan, Ted McNulty, Vivienne Plumb, Alison Leslie Gold, and Eva Bourke. Correspondence from August 2004 contains sympathy cards and notes sent to Higgins following the murder of her brother, Anthony, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Many letters in this series are written in Gaelic.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Researchers may not quote from letters to Rita Ann Higgins from Eva Bourke without the permission of Higgins.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Per donor request, select correspondence with Christopher (Christy) Higgins is restricted in his lifetime.

Scope and Content Note The series consists of Rita Ann Higgins' correspondence from 1977-2011. Letters are both personal and professional in nature and document Higgins' relationships with friends, family, and colleagues. There are many letters regarding publication of her poetry, particularly from editor Neil Astley at Bloodaxe Books and agent Gráinne Healy, as well as letters from professional organizations such as Aosdána and literary festivals such as Cúirt. Other professional letters are from colleges and universities inviting her to speak on their campus. There are also numerous letters from Higgins' husband, Christopher (Christy), her daughters, Heather and Jennifer, and her sister, Carmel, as well as friends Anne Kennedy, Paul Durcan, Ted McNulty, Vivienne Plumb, Alison Leslie Gold, and Eva Bourke. Correspondence from August 2004 contains sympathy cards and notes sent to Higgins following the murder of her brother, Anthony, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Many letters in this series are written in Gaelic.
Box Folder Content
1 1 1977
1 2 1980-1985
1 3 1986
1 4 1987-1989
1 5 1990-1992
1 6 1993
1 7 1994
1 8 1995
2 1 1996 January-April
2 2 1996 May-December
2 3 1997
2 4 1998
2 5 1999 January-April
2 6 1999 May-December
3 1 2000 January-June
3 2 2000 July-December
3 3 2001 January-June
3 4 2001 July-December
3 5 2002 January-May
3 6 2002 June-September
4 1 2002 October-December
4 2 2003 January-March
4 3 2003 April-July
4 4 2003 August-September
4 5 2003 October-December
4 6 2004 January-March
4 7 2004 April July
5 1 2004 August [1]
5 2 2004 August [2]
5 3 2004 September-November
5 4 2004 December
5 5 2005 January-April
5 6 2005 May
6 1 2005 June-November
6 2 2005 December
6 3 2006 January-May
6 4 2006 June-December
6 5 2007 January-June
6 6 2007 July-August
7 1 2007 September-December
7 2 2008
7 3 2009
7 4 2010
7 5 2011 January-August
7 6 Undated [1]
8 1 Undated [2]
8 2 Undated [3]
8 3 Undated [4]
8 4 Undated [5]
8 5 Undated [6]
9 1 Undated [7]
9 2 Undated [8]
9 3 Undated [9]
9 4 Undated [10]
9 5 Undated [11]
9 6 Undated [12]
10 1 Undated [13]
11 - Empty envelopes [1]
12 - Empty envelopes [2]
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