Forrest Reid Collection Belfast Central Library
Collection

Description

Forrest Reid, (1875-1947) was born in Belfast and educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Christ's College, Cambridge. He read medieval and modern languages before returning to Belfast where he lived for the rest of his life. He wrote many novels - as well as "Illustrators of the Sixties" in 1928. Reid was also responsible for many critical studies on W.B. Yeats and Walter de la Mare, both of whom were good friends. He was a close friend of Henry James, though they did fall out when Reid dedicated his book "The Garden God" to James. An account of this incident is given by Reid in his autobiography , the first part of which was published in 1926 as the "The Apostate", the second part was "Private Road", published in 1940. Belfast Central Library holds typescripts and manuscripts of many of Reid's works, including "Peter Waring", "Uncle Stephen", The Retreat", "Private Road" and also his study on Walter de la Mare. There is a comprehensive collection of first editions of his works, which include a limited edition of "Apostate" and a German translation of "Uncle Stephen". In addition the collection includes a memorial pamphlet, which was published on the 10th October, 1952 to commemorate the unveiling of a plaque to Reid at 13 Ormiston Crescent, Belfast. E.M. Forster addressed the gathering and a message was read from de la Mare.

Strengths

The strength of the collection lies in the possibility of tracing Reid's literary development through the examination of manuscripts, typescripts, comprehensive collection of first editions of his published works and some letters.

Physical Characteristics

9 feet of material

Languages

English

Collection Type

Collection.Library.Text.Special

Accrual

Policy: Closed   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Closed

Access

The material may be consulted at Belfast Central Library. Enquiries should be made to the Local History Department on the second floor. The material is for reference only. An appointment is not necessary

Legal Status

Libraries NI have legal owership of this collection. All enquiries regarding access and permissions should be directed to Libraries NI.

Description or Catalogue

Listed on the Fine Book Room Catalogue - automated inhouse database.

Collector

Name

Libraries NI

Role

Public Library Service

History

The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its functions are laid down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. It is a Non Departmental Public Body which reports to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Board of the Authority consists of a Chairperson and 18 Members, 11 of whom are Councillors, within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. All Board Members are appointed by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The executive business of the Board is carried out by a team of officers under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Executive Team is organised into three strategic units, each being led by a member of the Senior Management Team.



Location

Name

Belfast Central Library

Address

Belfast Ulster and Irish Studies Department, Royal Avenue, Belfast

United Kingdom
BT1 1EA

Website

http://www.belb.org.uk/library/centralLibrary.htm

Access Control

Most of the stock is available for loan to any registered member of the Northern Ireland Library Authority. Hire charges apply to audio/ visual stock. Borrower tickets can be acquired from any public library in Northern Ireland on production of valid identification confirming name and address. A limited amount of material is for reference only. No prior appointment is necessary. Library opening hours are Monday to Thursday (09.00-20.00), Friday (09.00-17.30) and Saturday (09.00-16.30).

Administrator Role

Irish & Local Studies Librarian

Phone

+44 (0)28 9050 9150

Email

p.walker@libraries.belfast-elb.gov.uk

Owner

Role

Public Library Service

Telephone

00442837520738

Email

enquiries@librariesni.org.uk

History

The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its functions are laid down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. It is a Non Departmental Public Body which reports to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Board of the Authority consists of a Chairperson and 18 Members, 11 of whom are Councillors, within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. All Board Members are appointed by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The executive business of the Board is carried out by a team of officers under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Executive Team is organised into three strategic units, each being led by a member of the Senior Management Team.