Carnduff Collection

MS21/15/C - Photo of Thomas Carnduff Taken at the Ashleigh Studios, Belfast, c. 1940s

MS21/15/C - Photo of Thomas Carnduff Taken at the Ashleigh Studios, Belfast, c. 1940s

MS21/15g - Thomas Carnduff Camping at Cave Hill, Belfast

MS21/15g - Thomas Carnduff Camping at Cave Hill, Belfast

MS21/3/1 - Songs from the Shipyards and Other Poems by Thomas Carnduff. Featuring 'The Seagull' and 'Men of Belfast'

MS21/3/1 - Songs from the Shipyards and Other Poems by Thomas Carnduff. Featuring 'The Seagull' and 'Men of Belfast'

MS21/3/2 - Songs of an Out-of-Work by Thomas Carnduff, Cover

MS21/3/2 - Songs of an Out-of-Work by Thomas Carnduff, Cover

MS21/3/4 - Thomas Carnduff Unpublished Poems, 'Mabel'

MS21/3/4 - Thomas Carnduff Unpublished Poems, 'Mabel'

MS21/21/3f - Document Certifying Thomas Carnduff's Appointment as Gas Inspector by the City of Belfast Gas Department Dated 27th June 1922

MS21/21/3f - Document Certifying Thomas Carnduff's Appointment as Gas Inspector by the City of Belfast Gas Department Dated 27th June 1922

Personal, literary and collected papers of and/or relating to Thomas Carnduff (1886-1956), the Belfast essayist, playwright and poet. An important figure in cultural circles during the early 20th century, Thomas Carnduff, the so-called 'Shipyard Poet,' was a profilic writer and acute observer of Belfast life. The Thomas Carnduff Archive consists of draft and annotated manuscripts of Carnduff's principal works including the plays, 'Castlereagh' (1935), Give Losers Leave To Talk: A Belfast Shipyard Play in Three Acts' and his seminal piece, 'Workers,' which was first performed by the Abbey Theatre in 1932. Other manuscripts featured consist of an incomplete typescript draft of Carnduff's autobiography, various published and unpublished poetry including the anthologies, 'Songs from the Shipyards and Other Poems' (l924) and 'Songs of an Out-of-Work' (l932), and other short stories and articles. Of the personal papers included in the collection can be found correspondence from his second wife, Mary Carnduff, c 1940-44, and various literary associates and friends, including the authors, John Masefield and Richard Hayward, a brief series of collected papers of the Young Ulster Society (co-founded by Carnduff in 1936), and material relating to Carnduff's involvement in the Independent Orange Order movement and the Young Ulster Volunteers. The collection also consists of theatrical ephemera relating to the production of Carnduff's work at the Empire Theatre, Belfast and Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in addition to various personal photographs, sketches, certificates and books etc. The Carnduff Archive also includes correspondence and articles relating to Noel Carnduff's search for his father's work and various other published works about Carnduff, his life and writing.

Strengths

The Thomas Carnduff Collection represents a rich resource for students of Ulster drama and Anglo-Irish literature, in addition to providing a valuable and unique commentary on, and insight into, the social, political and cultural development of Belfast during the first half of the 20th century, particularly from the perspective of the working class Protestant.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 450 items consisting of published and unpublished literary manuscripts (original drafts and/or copies), letters, news-cuttings, programmes and other theatrical ephemera, photographs, sound recordings, etc.

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1922
1999
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Added by Queen's University Belfast | Last updated on: 18 June 2018