Series 2
Personal papers, 1968-2013
Boxes 13-32 and 69; OP 1-2 and 4

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the personal papers of Rita Ann Higgins from 1968-2013 and includes financial records, photographs, travel documents, academic records, journals, day planners, planning calendars, and materials documenting Higgins' political activities with the Galway Against Censorship Group, the Irish Writers Union, and the Cultural Relations Committee of Ireland among others. The series also contains writing awards and university application materials, contracts, and a small number of subject files. Academic records include materials documenting Higgins' tenure as writer in residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway (1994-1995), her diploma in Women's Studies from the National University of Ireland (formerly University College), Galway (1994-1996), and her participation in writing courses and Irish and Spanish language courses. Course notes and workshop materials may include poems used by Higgins for instruction purposes.

The series also documents Higgins' membership in Aosdána, the honorary association of artists supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, and activities relating to the leadership and membership nomination processes of the group. There are also files documenting Higgins' participation in the Galway Arts Center's annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, her role as judge for the International Dublin Literary Award (IMPAC), and her participation in and travel to literary events, scholarly conferences, and creative workshops, such as the International Writers Workshop hosted by the Hong Kong Baptist University. Photographs in this series are primarily comprised of family and travel photographs and photographs of Higgins with friends and literary figures such as Eva Bourke and Anne Kennedy. There are also portraits of Higgins taken by the poet Anne Kennedy, and photographs of Anthony Higgins' funeral in 2004.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Restrictions on Access

Per donor request, financial and medical records in this series are restricted until 2037.

Box Folder Content
13 1 "1916 Rising," 1991
13 2 Action lists, undated
13 3 Address books, undated
13 4 Address lists, 2001
13 5 An Awful Racket, legal injunction, 2001
13 6 An Awful Racket, review list, 2001
13 7 An Cosán, 2001-2002
13 8 Applications, writing awards and fellowships, 1996-2001
13 9 Ardgillan Creative Writers Group, poetry workshop, 2005
13 10 Artflight, 2000-2001
13 11 Arts Council of Ireland, 1996-2001
13 12 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, biographies of nominees, undated
13 13 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, correspondence, 1990-2010
13 14 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, General Assembly, 1996-2004
13 15 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, General Assembly presentation, 2001 December 10
14 1 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, lists of members, undated
14 2 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, memos, 1999-2006
14 3 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, memos, 2007-2008
14 4 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, memos, 2009-2011
14 5 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 1995-1997
14 6 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 1998
14 7 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 1999 [1 of 2]
14 8 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 1999 [2 of 2]
15 1 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 2000
15 2 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 2001
15 3 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 2002 [1 of 2]
15 4 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 2002 [2 of 2]
15 5 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 2003-2004
15 6 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, Architecture, Music and Visual Arts, 2005
15 7 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, Literature, 2005
15 8 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, 2007
16 1 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, Architecture, Choreography, Music, 2009-2010
16 2 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations, Literature, 2009-2010
16 3 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations for Brian Friel as Saoi, 2005
16 4 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, nominations to the Board, 2001
16 5 Arts Council of Ireland, Aosdána, other documents, 1998-2008
16 6 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Writers in Schools Scheme, 1987-1999
16 7 Biographical sketches, 1989-2008
16 8 Birth certificate, 1968
16 9 Business cards and contact information, undated
OP4 - Calendars, planning, 1992-2005
OP2 1 Calendars, personal, 1997-2003
16 10 Calendars, personal, 2008
16 11 Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Conference, Halifax, 2004
16 12 Central Applications Office, Application and Assessment Procedures for Mature Students in the Arts Faculty, 1998
16 13 Central Applications Office, application materials, 1998 [includes poetry]
16 14 Certificates, 1993-2007
OP1 1 Certificates, 2002-2005
16 15 Contact lists, undated
16 16 Contemporary Irish Writing Conference, University of Toronto, 2007
17 1 Contracts, 1988-2008
17 2 Contracts, blank, undated
17 3 Cork Teachers of English, 2004
17 4 Course notes, Contemporary Irish Women poets and writers, 2001
17 5 Course notes, English, 1994-1995
17 6 Course notes, English Literature, undated [1]
17 7 Course notes, English Literature, undated [2]
17 8 Course notes, Gaelic, 1992-1993
18 1 Course notes, Gaelic, 1994-1995
18 2 Course notes, Gaelic, 1996-1997
18 3 Course notes, Gaelic, 1999
18 4 Course notes, Gaelic, 2003
18 5 Course notes, Gaelic, 2005-2006 [1]
18 6 Course notes, Gaelic, 2005-2006 [2]
18 7 Course notes, Gaelic, 2006-2007 [1]
18 8 Course notes, Gaelic, 2006-2007 [2]
19 1 Course notes, Gaelic, 2007
19 2 Course notes, Gaelic, undated [1]
19 3 Course notes, Gaelic, undated [2]
19 4 Course notes, Introduction to the Internet, 1996
19 5 Course notes, Literature, 1996
19 6 Course notes, Literature II, 1996
19 7 Course notes, Literature of the American South, undated
19 8 Course notes, Spanish, 2009
19 9 Course notes, Spanish, undated
19 10 Course notes, Television and Radio Writing, 2004-2005
19 11 Course notes, Women and Politics, 1994-1995
20 1 Course notes, Women in Irish History, 1995-1996
20 2 Cultural Relations Committee of Ireland, 1998
20 3 Curricula vitae, 1989-2008
20 4 Curricula vitae, others, 1993-2003
20 5 Davy Byrnes Irish Writing Award application, undated
20 6 Day planners, 1987-1989
20 7 Day planners, 1990-1991
20 8 Day planners, 1995-1997
20 9 Day planners, 1999-2000
20 10 Day planners, 2000-2001
20 11 Day planners, 2002-2003
21 1 Day planners, 2004-2005
21 2 Day planners, 2006-2007
21 3 Day planners, 2008-2009
21 4 Day planners, 2010
21 5 Day planner with Gaelic notes, poems, and diary entries, 2004
21 6 Doyle, Eileen, funeral reading, 2003

Higgins' maternal aunt

OP1 2 Drawing, caricature, 2003
21 7 Duffy, Carol Ann, 2002
21 8 Dunn, Douglas, 2003
21 9 European Federation of Associations and Centers of Irish Studies, Seville, Spain, 2007
21 10 Event maps, undated
21 11 The Galway Against Censorship Group, 1993
21 12 Galway Arts Center, 1998-1999
21 13 Galway Arts Center, 2000-2001 [1]
22 1 Galway Arts Center, 2000-2001 [2]
22 2 Galway Arts Center, 2002-2003
22 3 Galway Arts Center, 2010
22 4 Galway Arts Center, undated
22 5 Galway Arts Center, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, 2001
22 6 Galway Arts Center, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, 2002 [1]
22 7 Galway Arts Center, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, 2002 [2]
23 1 Galway Arts Center, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, 2003 [1]
23 2 Galway Arts Center, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, 2003 [2]
23 3 Galway Arts Center, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, 2004
23 4 Galway City Council, Litter Pollution Bye-law, 2003
23 5 Galway Traveller Support Group, 1994-1999
23 6 Galway Walking Club, 2003-2004
23 7 Goncharov, Ivan, research notes, 2001
23 8 Granada International Poetry Festival, 2006
23 9 Higgins, Christina, probate documents, 1996
23 10 Higgins, Margaret Mary, death certificate, 1971

Higgins' mother

23 11 Identification and membership cards, 1985-2007
23 12 Identity: What happens when myths and modernity meet?, Triskel Arts Center Poetry Evening, speaker notes, 2007
23 13 International Dublin Literary Award (IMPAC), winner announcement and presentation dinner, 2005
23 14 International Dublin Literary Award (IMPAC), meeting of the 2005 International Panel of Judges, 2004 [includes correspondence 2004-2005]
23 15 The International Initiative for Mental Health Leaders Conference, Killarney, Ireland, 2010
23 16 International Poets Festival Jerusalem, Mishkenot Sha'ananim, 1997
23 17 International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2006 [1]
24 1 International Writers Workshop, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2006 [2]
24 2 Irish Arts Festival, poetry reading, 1988
24 3 Irish Language Policy, 2003-2004
24 4 Irish National Congress, 1995
24 5 Irish Writers Center, 2001
24 6 Irish Writers Union, 1994-2002
24 7 Journal, 2002
24 8 Journal, 2002-2003
24 9 Journal, 2004
25 1 Journal, 2005
25 2 Journal, 2006
25 3 Journal, 2007-2008
25 4 Journal, 2009
25 5 Journal, 2010
25 6 Kerry County Council Writer in Residence, application, 1993
25 7 Literature Across Frontiers, project proposals, 2005
25 8 MacLeod, Alistair, research notes, 2000
25 9 Marine Institute, Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland, 2004 [budget]
OP1 3 Marriage certificate, 1973
26 1 Memorabilia, circa 1990s-2000s
26 2 Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award, submissions, 2003
26 3 Mitchell, Jack, 1994-1997
26 4 National Committee on Volunteering, United Nations International Year of Volunteers, 2001 [includes poetry submissions]
26 5 National Samaritan Conference, 2007
26 6 National University of Ireland, Galway, 1994-2007
26 7 National University of Ireland, Galway, graduation speaker, 2002
26 8 National Women's Council of Ireland, 2000-2009
26 9 Passports, 1979-2009
26 10 Patrick Kavanagh Weekend, 2010
26 11 Photographs: Arafat, Yasser, 2001(?) [arriving at Dublin Airport]
26 12 Photographs: Aran Islands International Poetry and Prose Festival, Ireland, 1999 [with Rita Dove]
26 13 Photographs: Contact sheets, circa 1980s-2013
26 14 Photographs: Face Licker Come Home, stage production, undated [photocopies]
26 15 Photographs: Family photographs, undated
26 16 Photographs: Film stills, 1980s
26 17 Photographs: "Fiona and Matthew," wedding booklet, 2005
26 18 Photographs: Higgins, Anthony, funeral, 2004
26 19 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann, 1970s-2010s
27 1 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann, portraits, circa 1990s-2010s
27 2 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann, portraits, black and white, circa 1990s-2000s
27 3 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann, portraits by Anne Kennedy, circa 1990s
27 4 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Christy Higgins, 2008
27 5 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Christy Higgins and Heather Mackay, 2008
27 6 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Daniel Ortega and Bishop Eaman Casey, 1989
27 7 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Eva Bourke and Jessie Lendennie, circa 1990s
27 8 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Eva Bourke and others, undated
27 9 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, circa 1970s-2000s [1]
27 10 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, circa 1970s-2000s [2]
27 11 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, circa 1970s-2000s [3]
27 12 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, circa 1970s-2000s [4]
28 1 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, circa 2000-2010s [1]
28 2 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, circa 2000-2010s [2]-
28 3 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, 2002 [1]
28 4 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, 2002 [2]
28 5 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, 2003 [1]
28 6 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family, 2003 [2]
28 7 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with family at unidentified wedding, circa 2000s
28 8 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Gabriel Rosenstock, undated
28 9 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Jack Mitchell, Eva and Eoin Bourke, and others, circa 1980s
28 10 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with others, circa 1980s-2010s
28 11 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Seamus Heaney, circa 2006 [photocopy]
28 12 Photographs: Higgins, Rita Ann with Ulick O'Connor, 2003
28 13 Photographs: McKeown, Laurence, circa 1980s [with his sister]
28 14 Photographs: Mitchell, Jack, circa 1980s
28 15 Photographs: Negatives, circa 1970s-2010s [1]
28 16 Photographs: Negatives, circa 1970s-2010s [2]
29 1 Photographs: Negatives, 1990s-2010s [1]
29 2 Photographs: Negatives, 1990s-2010s [2]
29 3 Photographs: Negatives, undated
29 4 Photographs: Other people, circa 1970s-2010s [1]
29 5 Photographs: Other people, circa 1970s-2010s [2]
29 6 Photographs: Paintings by Michael Bowe (?), 2000
30 1 Photographs: Places and pets, circa 1970s-2000s
30 2 Photographs: Steele, Karen, undated
30 3 Photographs: Travel, Austria, 1989 [with Eva and Eoin Bourke]
30 4 Photographs: Travel, Egypt, circa 2000s [with Christy Higgins]
30 5 Photographs: Travel, London, undated
30 6 Photographs: Travel, South Africa, 2003
30 7 Photographs: Travel, Spain (?), undated [with Heather Mackay]
30 8 Photographs: Travel, undated
30 9 Photographs: Wax, Ruby, circa 1980s
30 10 Photographs: Wedding photo, circa 1973
30 11 Photographs: Woddis, Roger, circa 1990s
30 12 Pinsky, Robert, 2003
30 13 POBAL Organization for the Irish Language Community, 1998
30 14 Poetry in Performance, 57 Productions, 2003
30 15 The Poetry of Ireland, dispute, 1998
30 16 Polling information card, 1997-2011
30 17 Public Lending Right, 2003-2009
30 18 Reaching Common Ground: A Conference of American Irish Women, Boston University, conference delegate directory, 1994
30 19 Reaching Common Ground: A Conference of American Irish Women, Boston University, conference transcripts and workshop summaries, 1994
31 1 "Reading tour to Southern United States," 1999
31 2 Riada House poetry readings, notes, 1999
31 3 Seven deadly sins, research notes, 2001
31 4 Signature analysis, undated
31 5 Speaking events, biographies and notes, undated
31 6 Teachers Union of Ireland, 1992
31 7 Tourist Officer, undated
31 8 Travel, boarding passes and ticket stubs, 2000-2012 [1]
31 9 Travel, boarding passes and ticket stubs, 2000-2012 [2]
31 10 Travel, confirmations, itineraries, and reservations, 1997-2012 [1]
31 11 Travel, confirmations, itineraries, and reservations, 1997-2012 [2]
31 12 Travel, forms, 1991-2012
31 13 Travel, Lewes Live Literature Festival, 2004
31 14 Travel, Prague, 2004 [cancelled trip]
32 1 Travel, South Africa, 2003
32 2 Travel, Tenerife, Spain, 2007
32 3 Travel, United States, 2000
32 4 Travel, West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation, Tip of Africa Trek 3, 2002
32 5 T.S. Eliot Prize for Best Collection of New Poetry, 1996
32 6 Tuberculosis, research notes, 2007
32 7 Unidentified list of authors, undated
32 8 Unidentified course and workshop materials, 1994-2005
32 9 University College, Galway, Certificate/Diploma in Women's Studies, 1994-1996
32 10 University College, Galway, Writer in Residence, 1994
32 11 University of Texas, 8th Annual Graduate Irish Studies Conference, "Remapping the Borders: Irish Cultural Studies in the 1990s," 1994
32 12 Venclova, Tomas, 2004
32 13 Women Together Calendar launch, 2010
32 14 Word and Image Poetry Project, 1999-2000
32 15 Writing workshop, 2001
32 16 Writing workshop, 2005
32 17 Writing workshops, 2008 (?)
32 18 Yevtushenko, 2004
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