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James Joseph Daly papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 649

Scope and Contents

The James Joseph Daly papers contain correspondence, writings, and personal papers documenting the life and professional activity of poet and playwright James Joseph Daly. Correspondence in the collection consists chiefly of incoming correspondence from writers, journal editors, publishers, and others, but also includes drafts and carbons of outgoing letters and writings and enclosures. Correspondents include Elizabeth Ames at Yaddo, Kenneth Burke, John Cheever, Padraic Colum, Malcolm Cowley at The New Republic, James T. Farrell, Robinson Jeffers, Alfred Kreymborg, Haniel Long, Archibald MacLeish, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Lennox Robinson, and Thornton Wilder. Writings in the collection include drafts of plays, poems, and other writings, such as short essays, sketches, scenes of plays, reviews, notes, and school papers. Personal papers feature notebooks and material relating to the theater, including manuscript material, correspondence, and printed material, such as playbills and clippings.

Dates

  • 1916-1949

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The James Joseph Daly Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Margo Perkins on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, 2001.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1919-1949. II. Writings, 1921-1943. III. Personal Papers, 1916-1945.

Extent

4.05 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.daly

Overview

Collection contains correspondence, writings, and personal papers documenting the life and professional activity of poet and playwright James Joseph Daly. Correspondence in the collection consists chiefly of incoming correspondence from writers, journal editors, publishers, and others, but also includes drafts and carbons of outgoing letters and writings and enclosures. Correspondents include Elizabeth Ames at Yaddo, Kenneth Burke, John Cheever, Padraic Colum, Malcolm Cowley at The New Republic, James T. Farrell, Robinson Jeffers, Alfred Kreymborg, Haniel Long, Archibald MacLeish, Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, Lennox Robinson, and Thornton Wilder. Writings in the collection include drafts of plays, poems, and other writings, such as short essays, sketches, scenes of plays, reviews, notes, and school papers. Personal papers feature notebooks and material relating to the theater, including manuscript material, correspondence, and printed materials, such as playbills and clippings.

James Joseph Daly (1901-)

The poet and playwright James Joseph Daly was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and educated at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and at Harvard University, where he studied drama with George Pierce Baker and was a student in Baker's famous "47 Workshop" course. A member of the American Theater Laboratory, Daly occassionally acted in professional theaters and served as director of theaters in various parts of the country. Daly also worked as a copy-writer and editor for N. W. Ayer, Standard Oil Company of Ohio, and the WPA California. Works by Daly include The Guilty Sun (1926), One Season Shattered (1936), and Poems: 1923-1943 (1943).

Biographical information taken from The Dryden Press publicity for Poems: 1923-1943 (1943).

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization.

The finding aid for this collection is compiled from a preliminary list created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary list was migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of the list; however, the content of the list was neither modified nor verified.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Former call number: Uncat MSS 141.
Title
Guide to the James Joseph Daly Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-16
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-02-10: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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