University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Victory Pomeranz:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Descriptive Summary

Creator Pomeranz, Victory
Title Victory Pomeranz Papers
Dates: ca. 1970-1990
Abstract: These papers consist of writings, notes, research material, correspondence, conference memorabilia, maps, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and articles written by others relating to James Joyce.
Extent 5 boxes, 1 oversize flat file (2.72 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

Victory Pomeranz, a Joyce scholar, chose Ulysses as her avocation. While affiliated with the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University as an editor of The Journal of Philosophy, she set as her task an explication of references to people, places, names, and events in Ulysses. In addition to her book collection acquired by the HRHRC, these papers consist of her writings, notes, research material, correspondence, conference memorabilia, maps, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and articles written by others about Joyce. The collection is divided into four series: Writings, Correspondence, Personal, and Joyce-Related Materials.

In the first series, typescripts of Pomeranz's writings, mostly small articles or "Notes" for the James Joyce Quarterly, are arranged alphabetically by title. Correspondence related to the submission and publication of these articles is also present. This series contains a few unpublished articles as well as a subseries of holograph notes and research materials. Most significant is Pomeranz's six-box collection of index cards she used to identify references in Ulysses. These are subdivided into categories such as "Irish History,""Music Titles,""Regiments,""Vocabulary," and "Geography." In a letter to a colleague, Pomeranz wrote that "Joyce has led me to an education in the history and geography of both Ireland and the literary revival, Dublin, the music hall, theatre and vocabulary." Also of interest are copies of pages from the The Freeman's Journal for 16 June 1904 which Pomeranz used in her research.

Series II includes correspondence with other Joyce scholars as well as friends and librarians. Correspondents include: Morris Beja, Louis Berrone, Jim Card, Marion Cumpiano, Clive Hart, Richard Kain, Jean Kimball, Louis Mink, William Schutte, Thomas Staley, and Weldon Thornton. Copies of Pomeranz's letters to others are frequently attached to her incoming correspondence.

The third Series, Personal, is most notable for its inclusion of materials related to Pomeranz's study abroad at the School of Irish Studies in the summer of 1971.

The Joyce-related materials in Series IV include articles on Joyce by numerous authors, conference and symposium literature, newspaper clippings and other printed information about Joyce, newsletters, maps of Dublin and Ireland (including one hand-drawn map of Dublin), and information on Richard Ellmann and Frances Steloff.



Open for research

Administrative Information


Gift no. 8889

Processed by

Liz Murray, 1996

Victory Pomeranz Papers--Folder List

Series I. Writings

Subseries A: Works, ca. 1970-1982
box folder
1 1 "Aboard of the Bugabu,"James Joyce Quarterly [JJQ], (13:4, Summer 1976)
2 "Alexander J. Christ Dowie" and "Turf Terminology,"JJQ (14:1, Fall 1976)
3 "Come All Ye Friends of Joyce," puzzle, with rejection letters, 1972
4 "Come Where the Booze Is Cheaper," various submissions, 1975-76
5 "The Frowning Face of Bethel,"JJQ (10:3, Spring 1973)
6 "H.E.B.: Leopold Bloom's Other Relationship," submitted to JJQ in 1982
7 re: "Jumbo," letter to the editor, JJQ (11:1, Fall 1973)
8 "The Legend Mizpah," various submissions, 1974-75
9 "Leonardo of Pisa,"JJQ (7:2, Winter 1970)
10 "Maude Gonne & M. Millevoye," submitted to JJQ in 1973
11 "Meyerbeer and Mercadante,"JJQ (9:4, Summer 1972)
12 "The Modification of Sweets of Sin,"Modern Fiction Studies, (23:2, Summer 1977)
box folder
2 1 "O'Callaghan On His Last Legs,"JJQ (9:1, Fall 1971)
2 "A Queer Old Josser,"JJQ (12:4, Summer 1975)
3 "Solutions to the Anagrams in JJQ, volume 15, no. 2," carbon typescript, (5/5/78)
4 "Swurls in James Joyce's Ulysses," various submissions, 1976-77
5 "When M'Carthy Took the Floor,"JJQ (11:1, Fall 1973)
6 Untitled piece re: Bloom's height and weight
Subseries B: Holograph notes and Research Material
7 Notes regarding the "Wandering Rocks" chapter of Ulysses
8-9 Miscellaneous notes, with one folder labeled "WHIP"
Six index card boxes and one loose packet of 3x5 cards with references to people, places, and events in Ulysses
[removed to Oversize Box 5]
The Freeman's Journal, pp. 2-8, Thursday, 16 June 1904,
photostat copies from microfilm [removed to Oversize Flat File]

Series II. Correspondence, 1970-1985

box folder
2 10 Correspondents arranged alphabetically with VP's carbons of outgoing letters attached
11 re: Halper, Nat
12 Hart, Clive
13 Unidentified

Series III. Personal

box folder
3 1 School of Irish Studies, Summer session, 1971
2 Miscellaneous: children's drawings, family correspondence and newspaper clippings; "Family Fare" booklet; "Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans" (1962); Verses and Reverses, poetry by James Gutmann (Columbia University colleague)
[facsimile of a poster from the theater collection at NYPL of The Only Way: A Tale of Two Cities, Theatre Royal, Brighton, removed to Oversize Flat File]

Series IV. Joyce-Related Materials

box folder
3 3 Articles on Joyce by Robin Bates, Marion Cumpiano, E. L. Epstein, Vernon Hall, David Hayman, William Jenkins, John Kidd, Clive Hart, Louis Mink, Michael O'Shea, and Myra Russel
4 4th International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, 1973; and 8th International Symposium, Dublin, 1982: brochures, pamphlets, and related events
5 Joyce in Milwaukee: A National Conference, 11-16 June 1987, conference literature
6 James Joyce Conference, Philadelphia, 1985 and 1989, conference literature
[oversize poster from the 1989 conference removed to Flat File]
7 James Joyce Foundation Newsletter, various issues, 1972-1984
8 Newspaper clippings, newsletters, broadsides, and serial publications
9 Miscellaneous Joyce material, pamphlets, and announcements
box folder
4 1 Dublin
[oversize material removed to Flat Files]
2 Ireland
3 Hawaii and physiographic diagram of the New York region
4 Ellmann, Richard, obit, NYT, May 14, 1987; and articles and memorial tribute for Frances Steloff of the Gotham Book Mart
5 Notecards