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Thompson (John Hinsdale) Collection of James Joyce Materials
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General
  • Separated Materials
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: John Hinsdale Thompson collection of James Joyce materials
    Creator: Thompson, John Hinsdale
    Identifier/Call Number: mssThompsonj
    Physical Description: 2.42 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1973
    Abstract: A collection of James Joyce material assembled by John Hinsdale Thompson, American professor and bookseller. The collection includes both original Joyce manuscripts and correspondence as well as correspondence related to Joyce scholarship and collecting.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.
    RESTRICTED. Box 1 and volume 1: Available with curatorial approval. Requires extended retrieval and delivery time.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Hinsdale Thompson collection of James Joyce materials, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Mrs. Jill Thompson Perkins, March 1974.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Hinsdale Thompson (1907-1973) was a Michigan bookseller and literature professor at Stephens College, Missouri. Thompson had a strong interest in Irish novelist, poet and literary critic James Joyce (1882-1941); he began collecting Joyce's manuscripts and limited editions in the early 1930s. Thompson also corresponded with other scholars and booksellers regarding Joyce and his works.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains original James Joyce material with additional material concerning James Joyce scholarship and John Hinsdale Thompson's collecting of the James Joyce material. The first series of the collection contains 73 original items (1901-1938, mssHM 41118-41190), either written by or about James Joyce and include: Joyce's translation of Gerhart Hauptmann's Before sunrise; a corrected typescript of a portion of Penelope; and various poems. Also included are autograph letters by Joyce to various recipients, and the correspondence of Donald S. Friede concerning his publication and the copyright of Joyce's Work in progress. The second series includes 169 items of supporting material (1939-1973) which consists chiefly of correspondence between John Hinsdale Thompson, booksellers, and other Joyce scholars; the majority of these letters are addressed to Thompson. Also contains manuscripts, printer's material, printed material, and ephemera concerning Joyce scholarship.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff in 1976-1977; in 2021, Gayle Richardson reprocessed the collection, rehoused the material, and created the finding aid. This material was formerly titled: John Hinsdale Thompson papers.


    Organized in the following series: 1. James Joyce materials; 2. James Joyce scholarship materials.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssHM 41118-41190.

    Separated Materials

    A group of 132 books written by and related to James Joyce were part of this acquisition; the books were transferred to the Rare Books Department (438105-438238).

    Related Materials

    The manuscript mssHM 41122: "Ulysses: a portion of "Penelope" forms part of: duplicate partial typescript of the first part of "Penelope" (18) episode for "Ulysses;" University of Buffalo (mssV.B.16.a.ii).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, Irish -- 20th century
    Collectors and collecting -- United States
    Novelists, Irish -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century
    Manuscripts -- 20th century
    Poems -- 20th century
    Anderson, Chester G.
    Beach, Sylvia
    Borach, Georges, 1892-1934
    Conner, Benjamin Howe, 1878-1953
    Dalton, Jack, 1908-
    Ellmann, Richard, 1918-1987
    Friede, Donald
    Gallup, Donald, 1913-2000
    Glasheen, Adaline
    Hart, Clive
    Hauptmann, Gerhart, 1862-1946 -- Vor Sonnenaufgang
    Hayes, Richard J., 1902-1976
    Higginson, Fred H.
    Hill, Creighton J.
    Hodgart, Matthew John Caldwell
    Jolas, Eugène, 1894-1952
    Jolas, M.
    Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Ulysses
    Joyce, James, 1882-1941 -- Work in progress
    Joyce, Nora Barnacle, 1884-1951
    Léon, Paul L. (Paul Léopoldovitch), 1893-1942?
    Mathews, Elkin, 1851-1921
    Mayo, Robert D. (Robert Donald), 1910-1998
    Paul, Elliot, 1891-1958
    Peery, William Wallace, 1910-1964
    Rodker, John, 1894-1955
    Scholes, Robert, 1929-
    Schuman, Henry
    Schwartz, Jacob
    Shaw, Leroy R. (Leroy Robert), 1923-
    Slocum, John J.
    Solberg, Thorvald, 1852-1949
    Spoerri, James Fuller, 1899-1969
    Staley, Thomas F.
    Stein, Jess M.
    Tindall, William York, 1903-1981
    Weaver, Harriet Shaw