Anne Fitzgerald Papers
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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Anne Fitzgerald is a poet, editor, and publisher from Sandycove, Dublin, Ireland. She studied law at Trinity College and received her MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University, Belfast. Fitzgerald founded Forty Foot Press in 2006, as well as two educational publishing houses for schools, MET Press and Loreto Abbey Dalkey Press. She has edited, produced, and designed anthologies of young adult poetry, and has facilitated creative writing workshops with children and adults in schools and universities across the world, including in Iceland, Taos, Idaho, and Beara Island. Fitzgerald was a member of the Thornfield poets, and was a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence.
The majority of the collection is correspondence with ephemera and a small amount of photographic prints and a few photographic negatives. The ephemera are largely promotional and publicity materials for launches, readings, and other publication-related events. Of note in the collection are drafts of Anne Fitzgerald's work; materials regarding her various publications and work; some correspondence and planning and promotional materials from Fitzgerald's publishing house, Forty Foot Press; and materials documenting the Thornfield Poets, including correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, and ephemera.
Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.
Purchased from Kenny's Bookshop and Art Galleries in 2021 (AM 2022-096).
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This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in 2022. Where appropriate, materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes with any creator-supplied titles transcribed. Materials were also rehoused in archival folders and boxes in instances where materials were loose in containers, or binders were damaged.
Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in 2022.
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Commercial books, periodicals, and audiovisual media have been separated from the collection.
Four record cartons and two oversized folders of out-of-scope materials were removed from the collection. Deaccessioned materials include newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals; unannotated programs, brochures, posters, handouts, pamphlets, order catalogs, and other ephemera from conferences, events, and organizations; travel tickets, documents, and ephemera; duplicate materials, handouts, and printouts of webpages; financial and legal documents such as jury summons, applications, insurance documents, bank statements, utility bills; and a large amount of personal documents and objects such as grade school uniforms and correspondence, autographs, locks of hair, medical prescriptions, jewelry, and other materials.
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- Amy C. Vo
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research, except for a journal in box 7 which will be open after Anne Fitzgerald's death.
- Use Restrictions
Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Consists primarily of correspondence. The bulk of the correspondence contains response to her publications, Beyond the Sea, Swimming Lessons, and Map of Everything; notices and publicity; launch and readings coordination; and endorsement blurbs. Other materials documenting these books include ephemera such as flyers, programs, launch invitations, clippings of reviews, a small amount of design mockups, and a proof of Map of Everything. Other correspondence are from individuals regarding each others' works, book launches, reading events, and individual and publisher requests for inclusion in various publications. There is a small amount of logistical correspondence regarding Fitzgerald's teaching. Correspondents represented in this box include: Kieran McLoughlin, Paul Allen, John McAuliffe, Jessie Lendennie and Siobhán Hutson (on behalf of Salmon Poetry), Nessa O'Mahony, Nick Kennedy, Hélène Cardona, Carlo Gébler, David Wheatley, and Paul Casey, among others.Physical Description
Consists of correspondence with Dermot McCabe (who had comments and edits for Fitzgerald's proof of Beyond the Sea), Carlo Gébler, Jessie Lendennie, Harry Clifton, Leeds University, Nessa O'Mahony, Colette O'Donoghue, Pushkin Trust, and the Duchess of Abercorn. The correspondence generally regards launch events, readings, submissions, and each others' works, and are accompanied by promotional materials like brochures and flyers, and photographs. There are some clippings and periodicals of some of Anne Fitzgerald's earliest published poetry. There is a small amount of teaching material from Fitzgerald's time at the Taos Institute of Art in New Mexico and the Poetry Ireland Centre consisting of correspondence, promotional material (brochures and pamphlets), and photographs.
Materials regarding Fitzgerald's Princess Grace Irish Library Residency in Monaco consist of correspondence, photographs, reviews, promotional materials, and teaching notes for workshops. Correspondents include Kieran McLoughlin, Judith Ganley, Bruce Stuart, Mark Armstrong, Mary Carroll Sullivan, and Francis O'Hara.
The Thornfield Poets materials consists primarily of correspondence; some meeting minutes and agendas; publicity ephemera, such as flyers, programs, and brochures; drafts of poems with revisions and editorial annotations; and a few financial accounts. The "Thornfielders" appearing in this box were Nessa O'Mahony, Eileen Casey, Susan Connolly, Louise C. Callaghan, Cecilia McGovern, Mary Rose Callan, Barbara McCloskey, Clairr O'Connor, Susan Schreibman, Enda Coyle Greene, Anne Fitzgerald, Mairide Woods, and Maggie O'Dwyer.Physical Description
The Thornfield Poets materials consists primarily of correspondence; meeting minutes and agendas; publicity ephemera, such as flyers, programs, clippings, and brochures; drafts of poems with revisions and editorial annotations; photographs and negatives of reading events; and a few financial accounts. The "Thornfielders" appearing in this box were Ivy Bannister, Mary Rose Callan, Louise C. Callaghan, Colette Connor, Anne Dean, Celia de Fréine, Enda Coyle Green, Cecilia McGovern, Mairide Woods, Maggie O'Dwyer, Susan Connolly, Nessa O'Mahony, Clairr O'Connor, Susan Schreibman, Eileen Casey, Kit Fryatt, Dorothy Molly, and Andrew Carpenter.
Materials regarding the Bray Arts Journal include correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, submissions, newsletters, and a few of the earlier issues of the periodical. The box also contains some Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference materials, including correspondence, a grant application, and photographs.Physical Description
Consists of eleven notebooks with drafts, impressions, and notes. Materials about the Beyond the Sea and Vacant Possession collections include correspondence, endorsements, photographs and negatives, copyright permissions, invitations, ephemera, drafts, and proofs. Along with materials regarding her collections of poetry are additional flyers, drafts, and correspondence with David Wheatley and Jessie Lendennie of Salmon Poetry. To a lesser extent are: correspondence, ephemera, and photographs from the work Anne Fitzgerald did editing four anthologies of children's poetry; and photographs of, and correspondence with, various friends and writers, such as Frank McGuiness, Paul Allen, Rob Canning, and Paula Maher.Physical Description
Consists of three binders of drafts with notes and annotations. Some poems include "Fragrances," "Light in the Darkness," "Seafronts," "Storm Over Manhattan," "Bloodline," "Sitting Room in Aspic," "Near Archbishop's Palace," and others.Physical Description
Consists of Vacant Possession materials which include drafts and proofs, correspondence regarding book orders, invitations, readings, blurbs and endorsements, royalties, invoices, and flyers. Included with Vacant Possession materials are related research files on adoption in Ireland and family-related materials such as ephemera, correspondence, and photographs.
Materials about Forty Foot Press include correspondence; planning materials, including three notebooks, cover designs, and invoices; and promotional materials like handouts and flyers.Physical Description
A notebook containing the "rough sketch of [Anne Fitzgerald's] autobiography for a biographer," and includes contexts, personal reflections, and photographs over her years as a poet.Physical Description
Enlarged, mounted, and signed cover images of the publications, Vacant Possession and Beyond the Sea. Newspaper photograph of Anne Fitzgerald for the publication of her collection, Swimming Lessons.Physical Description
1 oversize folder