Series 1
Correspondence, 1960-2000
Boxes 1 - 15a

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence series of the Michael Longley papers includes letters, telegrams, postcards, and greeting cards both to and from Michael Longley. The earliest items date from 1960, the most recent from 2000. The bulk of the correspondence here is personal or relates to his career as a writer; for correspondence stemming from his career at the Northern Ireland Arts Council, see Series 9. Among the correspondents represented in this series are: Fleur Adcock, Eavan Boland, Ciaran Carson, Douglas Dunn, Gavin Ewart, Peter Fallon, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Philip Hobsbaum, Jennifer Johnston, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Frank Ormsby, Craig Raine, James Simmons, and Anthony Thwaite. Occasionally Michael Longley's own letters (most often in carbon or in draft form) are also present.

The correspondence within this series is arranged chronologically, when a date is known. When an item is undated, or when a date is illegible, postmarks have been used to place the item. Those items for which only a month or year is known will be found at the end of the month's or year's sequence, while those items without any indication of date whatsoever are filed at the very end of the chronological arrangement. Undated letters from indexed correspondents are filed alphabetically by writer's name in Box 13. Among these letters is an extensive correspondence with Derek Mahon.

Finding Aid Note

Index to selected correspondents in Series 1 is available for letters up to 1992.

Scope and Content Note The correspondence series of the Michael Longley papers includes letters, telegrams, postcards, and greeting cards both to and from Michael Longley. The earliest items date from 1960, the most recent from 2000. The bulk of the correspondence here is personal or relates to his career as a writer; for correspondence stemming from his career at the Northern Ireland Arts Council, see Series 9. Among the correspondents represented in this series are: Fleur Adcock, Eavan Boland, Ciaran Carson, Douglas Dunn, Gavin Ewart, Peter Fallon, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Philip Hobsbaum, Jennifer Johnston, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Frank Ormsby, Craig Raine, James Simmons, and Anthony Thwaite. Occasionally Michael Longley's own letters (most often in carbon or in draft form) are also present. The correspondence within this series is arranged chronologically, when a date is known. When an item is undated, or when a date is illegible, postmarks have been used to place the item. Those items for which only a month or year is known will be found at the end of the month's or year's sequence, while those items without any indication of date whatsoever are filed at the very end of the chronological arrangement. Undated letters from indexed correspondents are filed alphabetically by writer's name in Box 13. Among these letters is an extensive correspondence with Derek Mahon.
Box Folder Content
1 2 1965
1 3 1966
1 4 1967
1 5 1968
1 6 1969
1 7 1970-1971
1 8 1972
1 9 1973
1 10 1974
1 11 1975
1 12 1976
1 13 1977
1 14 1978
2 1 1979 January - June
1 1 1960-1964
2 2 1979 July - December
2 3 1980 January - June
2 4 1980 July - December
2 5 1981 January - June
2 6 1981 July - December
2 7 1982 January - June
2 8 1982 July - December
2 9 1983 January - June
2 10 1983 July - December
2 11 1984 January - June
2 12 1984 July - December
3 1 1985 January - March
3 2 1985 April - June
3 3 1985 July - September
3 4 1985 October - December
3 5 1986 January - February
3 6 1986 March - April
3 7 1986 May - June
3 8 1986 July - August
3 9 1986 September - November
3 10 1986 December
3 11 1987 January - June
3 12 1987 July - December
4 1 1988 January - April
4 2 1988 May - July
4 3 1988 August - November
4 4 1988 December
4 5 1989 January - June
4 6 1989 July - November
4 7 1989 December
4 8 1990 January - March
4 9 1990 April - June
4 10 1990 July - October
4 11 1990 November - December
5 1 1991 January - March
5 2 1991 April - June
5 3 1991 July - September
5 4 1991 October - November
5 5 1991 December
5 6 1992 January
5 7 1992 February
5 8 1992 March
5 9 1992 April
5 10 1992 May
5 11 1992 June
6 1 1992 July
6 2 1992 August
6 3 1992 September
6 4 1992 October
6 5 1992 November
6 6 1992 December
6 7 ca. 1992
6 8 1993 January
6 9 1993 February - December
6 10 1993 Christmas
6 11 1994
7 1 1995 January - March
7 2 1995 April - May
7 3 1995 June
7 4 1995 July
7 5 1995 August
7 6 1995 September
7 7 1995 October
7 8 1995 November
7 9 1995 December
7 10 circa 1995
7 11 1996 January
7 12 1996 February
7 13 1996 March
8 1 1996 April
8 2 1996 May
8 3 1996 June
8 4 1996 July
8 5 1996 August
8 6 1996 September
8 7 1996 October
8 8 1996 November
8 9 1996 December
8 10 circa 1996
9 1 1997 January
9 2 1997 February
9 3 1997 March
9 4 1997 April
9 5 1997 May
9 6 1997 June
9 7 1997 July
9 8 1997 August
9 9 1997 September
9 10 1997 October - November
9 11 1997 December
9 12 circa 1997
9 13 1998 January
9 14 1998 February
9 15 1998 March
10 1 1998 April
10 2 1998 May
10 3 1998 June
10 4 1998 July
10 5 1998 August
10 6 1998 September
10 7 1998 October
10 8 1998 November
10 9 1998 December
10 10 circa 1998
11 1 1999 January
11 2 1999 February
11 3 1999 March
11 4 1999 April
11 5 1999 May
11 6 1999 June
11 7 1999 July
11 8 1999 August
11 9 1999 September
11 10 1999 October
11 11 1999 November
12 1 1999 December
12 2 circa 1999
12 3 2000 January
12 4 2000 February
12 5 2000 March
12 6 2000 April
12 7 2000 May
12 8 2000 June
12 9 2000 July
12 10 2000 August
12 11 2000 September
13 1 2000 October
13 2 2000 November - December
13 3 circa 2000
13 4 Undated correspondence by Michael Longley
13 5 Undated indexed correspondence, Adcock - McGuckian [Fleur Adcock, Eavan Boland, Ciaran Carson, Paul Durcan, Brian Friel, Puller Grimes, Donald Hall, Philip Hobsbaum, Johnstone, McGuckian]
13 6 Undated indexed correspondence, Mahon
13 7 Undated indexed correspondence, Mahon
13 8 Undated indexed correspondence, Mahon
13 9 Undated indexed correspondence, Montague - Trevor [John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Nuala ni Dhomhnaill, Frank Ormsby, Craig Raine, James Simmons, William Trevor]
13 10 Undated correspondence
13 11 Undated correspondence
13 12 Undated correspondence
13 13 Undated correspondence
13 14 Undated correspondence
13 15 Undated correspondence
14 1 Undated correspondence
14 2 Undated correspondence
14 3 Miscellaneous invitations
14 4 Miscellaneous invitations
14 5 Miscellaneous invitations
14 6 Miscellaneous invitations
14 7 Miscellaneous invitations
15 1 Miscellaneous invitations
15 2 Miscellaneous invitations
15 3 Miscellaneous invitations
15 4 Miscellaneous invitations
15 5 Miscellaneous invitations
15 6 Miscellaneous invitations
15a 1 Heaney, Seamus, 1969 - 1976
15a 2 Heaney, Seamus, 1977 - 1983
15a 3 Heaney, Seamus, 1984 - 1989
15a 4 Heaney, Seamus, 1990 - 1994
15a 5 Heaney, Seamus, 1995 - 2000
15a 6 Heaney, Seamus, n.d.
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