Collection inventory

Finding Aids

James T. Farrell Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: July 1987

Revision history:
13 Jul 2007 converted to EAD (MRC)
27 Feb 2017 related collection link added (MRC)
5 May 2017 photograph added (MRC)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.
Title: James T. Farrell Collection
Dates: 1953-1961
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Papers of the American novelist, author. Collection includes lecture notes on the poetry of Horace Gregory; manuscripts of articles; and published material by and about Farrell.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

James T. Farrell (1904-1979) was an Irish-American novelist, short story writer, journalist, travel writer, poet, and literary critic. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he attended the University of Chicago and published his first short story in 1929. He is best known for his Studs Lonigan trilogy and for his A note on Literary Criticism, in which he described two types of the American Marxist character.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James T. Farrell Papers consist almost exclusively of writings, including lecture notes, manuscripts of articles, and published material. The latter includes newspaper and magazine articles by and about Farrell.

Arrangement of the Collection

Writings are arranged alphabetically by title.


Access Restrictions: The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions: Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Jack Robbins Collection Relating to James T. Farrell.

Subject Headings


Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.
Gregory, Horace, 1898-1982.


American literature -- 20th century.
Authors, American.
Novelists, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James T. Farrell Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Table of Contents




SC 20 "Author defends his character Studs Lonigan," Louisville Times Nov 22 1960
SC 20 "A chance meeting with Mencken and masters" Jan 31 1956
SC 20 "A few observations on movie and television files" undated
SC 20 "Horace Gregory's poetry reread undated - lecture notes
SC 20 "Lebanon: a first impression"
SC 20 "Open letter to Khrushchev," Thought Dec 2 1961
SC 20 "Terrence McGinty" 1953 - short story
SC 20 "High hopes that led to disillusion," New York Times Nov 12 1961
SC 20 Photograph of Farrell, Horace Gregory, and Marya Zaturenska 1979