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Papers of Padraic Colum

Call Number: MS P362


Unbound poems and letters: 6 poems written out as gifts to friends; 6 friendly/literary letters; 1 clipping (Irish politics); 1 letter from Grylls to Whelen. Typed and signed by Colum (and sometimes his wife), or written out by Colum. (Also a transcription in an unidentified hand.) Separate leaves, unbound. Now in separate folders. Places from which written: Dublin, London, New York: New York City; Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh.


  • 1907 - 1963


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Biography of Padraic Colum

Padraic Colum (1881-1972) was born Patrick Collumb in Longford, Ireland, the eldest of 8 siblings. By the time he was 20 he had changed his name and joined both the Irish Republican Army and the Gaelic League. Colum was a member of both the National Theatre Society and the Abbey Theatre and was close friends with fellow Irish authors James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and Lady Gregory, among others.

Colum wrote poetry, plays, fiction, nonfiction (including biographies), children's literature, and collected folklore. He taught at Columbia University in the United States and died in Connecticut. He was buried in Ireland.


1 folder (14 items)

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MS P362

Separated Materials

Colum, Padraic. Wild Earth. Dublin, Talbot Press, [1950]. Located at Spencer Research Library at O'Hegarty C512; contains a poem written on the flyleaves, beginning "The heavy wheels of many a cart..." given by Colum to Joseph and Mary Davenport O'Neill, 1951, as well as a manuscript correction to "A ballad maker."

Guide to the Padraic Colum Collection
Papers of Padraic Colum
Finding aid prepared by alh, May 1973; revised by eear, 2013. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005; revised by skt, 2010.
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Papers of Padraic Colum, Department of Special Collections, MS P362, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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