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Series 2
The Honest Ulsterman literary materials, 1967-2004
Boxes 5-16 and 40-41; OP 1

Scope and Content Note

The volume and significance of the Ormsby collection's papers related to The Honest Ulsterman necessitate the organization of this material in a distinct series. This series contains documents pertaining to all aspects of the magazine's production.

As mentioned, the correspondence received by Ormsby from readers and contributors to The Honest Ulsterman is distinguished from Ormsby's other personal literary and business correspondence. It is important to note that many of the letters referring to The Honest Ulsterman in the present series also mention Ormsby's personal or individual poetic life. An effort has been made to distinguish between letters that focus principally on the personal or poetic life and those chiefly addressed to Ormsby's role as a magazine editor. But, if researching The Honest Ulsterman, it is advisable to examine all the correspondence in the Ormsby collection. Note also that additional correspondence from specific individuals is contained in the author files subseries. All correspondence in either the author files or The Honest Ulsterman correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically. The Seamus Heaney correspondence (1971-1996) is kept with personal literary correspondence (Subseries 1.1) because individual letters make mention not only of Honest Ulsterman submissions but Ormsby's other editorial and poetic projects.

The author files reflect Ormsby's own organizational system in which the editor maintained specific files of selected contributors to The Honest Ulsterman. In addition to correspondence, these files include an individual author's publication submissions of poetry and prose, as well as promotional and other printed material by and about the writer in question.

Another subseries includes work submitted to The Honest Ulsterman by authors not included in Ormsby's original author files. Unlike individual works that are catalogued by title in the author files, these poetry and prose submissions are collected by author. The titles of these submissions are not discretely listed. Two other subseries include materials related to the actual publication of specific volumes of The Honest Ulsterman and assorted printed material about the magazine.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (2.1) The Honest Ulsterman correspondence (2.2) The Honest Ulsterman author files (2.3) Submissions to The Honest Ulsterman (2.4) Ulsterman Publications and (2.5) Printed material about The Honest Ulsterman.

Description of Subseries