MCBREEN, JOAN, 1944-
Joan McBreen papers,1979-2007

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:/25593/8zmqz

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: McBreen, Joan, 1944-
Title: Joan McBreen papers,1979-2007
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1088
Extent: 17.75 linear ft. (38 boxes), 2 oversized papers (OP), and 3 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Papers of Irish poet Joan McBreen, including correspondence, writings, photographs, audiovisual material and printed material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Series 7: Use copies have not been made for all of the audiovisual series at this time. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to these materials.

Series 8: Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Source

Purchase, 2008.

Citation

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

Processing

Processed by Laura L. Carroll and Sarah Prince, July 2010.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Joan McBreen, Irish poet and teacher, was born in 1944 in Sligo, Ireland to Bernard and Patricia Collery. She attended Sion Hill Froebel College of Education and the National University of Ireland, and in 1970 married Joe McBreen. They have six children: Brian, Jody, Sarah, Helen, Peter, and Adrian. McBreen was a primary school teacher from 1966 to 1986, when she quit her position in order to pursue her career as a poet.

In 1990, McBreen published her first volume of poetry, The Wind Beyond the Wall. Subsequent volumes followed, including A Walled Garden in Moylough (1995), Winter in the Eye: New and Selected Poems (2003), and Heather Island (2009). McBreen earned a degree in Women's Studies from the University of Dublin in 1997, and her master's dissertation research focused on modern Irish women poets. This research informed her role as editor of The White Page: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets, an anthology she published in 1999. She has also edited The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets, Poems and Essays (2009), an anthology featuring the work of twenty-four Irish poets born in the last fifty years. In 2004, she released a CD entitled The Long Light on the Land-Selected Poems, which included McBreen reading her poetry to a background of traditional Irish music.

Joan McBreen, Irish poet and teacher, was born in 1944 in Sligo, Ireland to Bernard and Patricia Collery. She attended Sion Hill Froebel College of Education and the National University of Ireland, and in 1970 married Joe McBreen. They have six children: Brian, Jody, Sarah, Helen, Peter, and Adrian. McBreen was a primary school teacher from 1966 to 1986, when she quit her position in order to pursue her career as a poet.

In 1990, McBreen published her first volume of poetry, The Wind Beyond the Wall. Subsequent volumes followed, including A Walled Garden in Moylough (1995), Winter in the Eye: New and Selected Poems (2003), and Heather Island (2009). McBreen earned a degree in Women's Studies from the University of Dublin in 1997, and her master's dissertation research focused on modern Irish women poets. This research informed her role as editor of The White Page: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets, an anthology she published in 1999. She has also edited The Watchful Heart: A New Generation of Irish Poets, Poems and Essays (2009), an anthology featuring the work of twenty-four Irish poets born in the last fifty years. In 2004, she released a CD entitled The Long Light on the Land-Selected Poems, which included McBreen reading her poetry to a background of traditional Irish music.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the personal and literary papers of Joan McBreen from 1979-2007, documenting her career as a poet, anthology editor, and advocate for the increased awareness of Irish women poets. The papers include correspondence, writings by McBreen, writings by others, subject files, printed material, photographs, audiovisual material, and born digital material.

Much of the correspondence is to and from poets, friends, and her publishers, and is of both a personal and professional nature. The writings are primarily comprised of personal notebooks, collected and uncollected poetry, and dissertation notes and research. In addition, the series also contains a substantial amount of material relating to McBreen's editorial work on The White Page. The writings by others series is comprised of manuscripts and typescripts sent to McBreen, and are largely made up of individual poems and poetry collections, in addition to a small number of screen plays and essay drafts. Subject files document McBreen's involvement in numerous literary festivals and workshops, and also include some personal records, in addition to files on topics such as Irish politics and literary figures. Printed material consists of published material by McBreen, about McBreen, and general printed items collected by her. Photographs consist primarily of publicity photographs of McBreen and photos of individual contributors to The White Page. Audiovisual material consists solely of cassettes of recordings by McBreen's friend and fellow poet, Anne Kennedy.

Arrangement Note

Organized into eight series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Writings by others, (4) Subject files, (5) Printed material, (6) Photographs, (7) Audiovisual, and (8) Born digital materials.


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