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Seumas O'Kelly papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

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Seumas O'Kelly papers, 1904-1975 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Abigail Wheetley

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Collection Overview

Title: Seumas O'Kelly papers, 1904-1975Add to your cart.

ID: 1/4/MSS 284

Primary Creator: O'Kelly, Seumas (1881-1918)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by document type.

Subjects: Authors, Irish - 20th century, Irish drama. - 20th century, Irish poetry. - 20th century, O'Kelly, Seumas, 1881-1918., O'Kelly, Seumas, 1881-1918. - Manuscripts

Forms of Material: Authors, Irish - 20th century - Manuscripts, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., O'Kelly, Seumas, 1881-1918. - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The majority of this collection consists of original manuscripts by Seumas O'Kelly in various stages of the writing and revision process. The manuscripts, including plays, short stories and unfinished manuscripts are both typed and handwritten. Among the titles present are Wet Clay, The Parnellite, The Matchmaker, and The Weaver's Grave. Also in this collection is correspondence, either to O'Kelly or about O'Kelly after his death, literary criticism and newspapers depicting or paying tribute to his work and his life.

Biographical Note

Seumas O'Kelly was an Irish writer, born in Loughrea in 1881. He worked as a journalist off and on most of his life, contributing articles to the United Irishman and The Connaught Leader. Later he became the editor of The Southern  Star and the Leinsten Leader. He is most widely known as a playwright and literary artist, writing plays such as The Matchmakers, The Shuiler's Child and The Bribe. Other notable works include The Parnellite, Meadowsweet, Driftwood, and his short story The Weaver's Grave, considered by many one of the world's finest short stories.

O'Kelly took over the highly political newspaper The Nationality in 1918 and when British supporters raided the office he was working in on Armistice Day, November 14th, 1918, he suffered a heart attack and died. He was thirty eight years old.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, Irish - 20th century
Irish drama. - 20th century
Irish poetry. - 20th century
O'Kelly, Seumas, 1881-1918.
O'Kelly, Seumas, 1881-1918. - Manuscripts

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Acquisition Method: Purchased from House of Figgis

Preferred Citation: [Item], Seumas O'Kelly papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical and CriticismsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1910-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscipt for "Weavers Grave"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript for "The Matchmaker"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Manuscript for "Wet Clay"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Manuscipts for Plays, 1906-1912Add to your cart.
Including "Fairy Gold", "Driftwood", The Celtic Temperament", "Luster", Spring and the Rae", and "The Stranger"
Folder 7: Short story manuscripts and sketchesAdd to your cart.
"On the rise of the hill", "Both sides of the pond," "Going to the Christmas market"  and the "matchmaker match"
Folder 8: Verse manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
"By a seaside wall," "Ranns and Ballads", "Castle O'Neill (after the Irish)", "The Thatcher", "The ballad of the twelve marys", "To one in America", "In Bodenstown"
Folder 9: Lists of manuscripts by Seumas O'Kelly, 1905-1926Add to your cart.

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