The O'Brien collection (1884-1991) includes typed manuscripts, extensive correspondence and a library of more than 400 volumes. It also contains various personal effects and more than a dozen works of art.
The Flann O'Brien Collection contains a wide variety of materials: papers, books, art works, and personal memorabilia. Materials in this collection are dated from 1884 to 1991, thus predating and postdating the life of Flann O'Brien (1911-1966). Most of the materials date between 1935 and 1975.
The arrangement and description follows closely the vendor's list received with the collection. Organized into eleven series: (1) Official state documentation; (2) Original typescripts or manuscripts; (3) O'Brien's library; (4) Letters; (5) Personal effects; (6) Photographs; (7) Correspondence; (8) Theatre programmes; (9) Cruiskeen Lawn; (10) Miscellaneous; and the (11) Art collection.
Flann O'Brien, the pen name of Brian O'Nolan or Ó Nualláin (1911-1966), was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, playwright, critic, and journalist. The O'Brien collection (1884-1991) includes typed manuscripts, extensive correspondence and a library of more than 400 volumes. It also contains various personal effects, among them O’Brien’s desk, typewriter, fiddle, school records, passports, photographs, and miscellanea. The collection also includes more than a dozen works of art, including a life-size portrait of the author by his brother, Micheál Ó Nualláin.
ca. 14 linear ft. (23 boxes)
Copyright interests have not been transferred to Boston College.
Originally assembled by Micheál Ó Nualláin; purchased by Boston College in 1997.