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At a Glance
The collection contains 24 letters of Padraic Colum to various persons dating from 1916 to 1968. Also, several of Colum's manuscripts, notably three volumes containing drafts of his play "Balloon", exerpts from his novel The Flying Swan (1957), one typescript and three manuscript poems, printed material, and photographs.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Padraic Colum papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Everard M. Upjohn, 1963; Andrew B. Myers, 1976, 1981& 1988; The Gotham Book Mart in honor of the 95th birthday of Frances Steloff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Upjohn, Everard M. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1963. Accession number--M-63.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 05/04/89. BC, MTM - 5/2000. Finding aid revised by Michael Stone, 5/4/2000, 2/2001.
2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Irish poet and playwright.
Padraic Colum was born in Longford, Ireland on December 8 1881. He married the writer Mary Molly Gunning Maguire in 1912 and immigrated to New York in 1914. Though better known for his latter works in other fields his contributions to the early Irish Dramatic Movement were important. Three plays Broken Sail The Fiddler's House and The land revealed in simple language the strong conflicts between the world of the artist and the world of the land. He also achieved significant recognition away from the theater as a poet novelist essayist and children's book author. Colum and his wife taught Comparative Literature at Columbia University from 1939 to 1956 and in 1958 Columbia honored him with an honorary doctorate. He died in Enfield Connecticut on January 11 1972.