Contents and Arrangement

Paul Durcan "Christmas Day" plus Short Story, undated

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The papers consist of Irish poet John Ennis's writings, working files related to his role as an editor of four anthologies of Irish and Canadian poetry and the Poetry Ireland Review, correspondence pertaining to poetry and other professional activities, files of the Irish arts organization Poetry Ireland, teaching materials, drafts of writings by others, subject files, and audiovisual and digital media. Materials span the length of Ennis's career of over five decades as a poet and literary editor and also document to a lesser extent his work as a creative writing teacher and university administrator.

Ennis's writings include manuscript and typescript drafts, proofs, publicity, source materials, and other papers related to his published poetry and unpublished work from the late 1960s through 2016. While most of this material pertains to Ennis's poetry, there are also drafts of lyrics he wrote for musical collaborations with composer Eric Sweeney and unpublished short stories, as well as a bound copy of Ennis's PhD thesis on the use of myth and archetype in his own work. Additional editorial files document the conception, assembly, and publication of the four anthologies of Irish and Canadian poetry Ennis edited between 2002 and 2009; these files consist of correspondence, submissions, permissions, drafts, proofs, editorial notes, publicity, and financial documents.

Ennis's papers also include materials documenting the activities of Poetry Ireland from its inception in 1978 through the 1990s, as well as its journal Poetry Ireland Review, which Ennis edited from 1988 to 1989; correspondence with fellow poets, editors, publishers, and colleagues; readings, handouts, and lecture drafts from Ennis's tenure as a creative writing lecturer and workshop facilitator; drafts of writings by others that Ennis collected throughout his career; professional subject files containing correspondence, documents, and printed materials related to Irish poetry and various local and international organizations with which Ennis was involved; and a small number of recorded poetry readings, interviews, and other events.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2017 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

For preservation reasons, physical access to original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is restricted. The Special Collections does not have playback equipment and facilities, and all original media, especially in obsolete formats, must be digitally remastered or converted in accordance with prevailing preservation standards in order to be safely accessed. Subject to curatorial approval, patrons may request duplicates of such original media, but will be responsible for both the cost of digital conversion and the cost of the duplicate, payable in advance. Public Services staff handles all such requests. Depending on the nature of the media, this process can take 4-6 weeks or longer.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication 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 RBSC 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.

Credit this material:

Paul Durcan "Christmas Day" plus Short Story; John Ennis Papers, C1563, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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