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Collection ID: UA2008-1

University of North Florida. Irish Studies Program Records., 1986-2008

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Location of this collection:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA
904-507-4122
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Terms of Access:
Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. Copyright holder for this collection: University of North Florida. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.
Preferred citation:
University of North Florida. Irish Studies Program Records. Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
The collection contains printed and photographic materials, and realia documenting the University of North Florida Irish Studies Program and activities from 1986 to 2008. A broad range of subject files shows the development of the Program and includes administrative materials, announcements and flyers, brochures and programs, committee documents, correspondence, invitations, newsletters, photographs and slides, posters, promotional and publicity items, realia, and a CD archive containing the files of the Program's former website. The core of the collection are working files containing correspondence between Program Coordinator Professor Richard Bizot and Irish Studies writers, scholars and entertainers.
Extent:
11.00 boxes
Language:
English
Preferred citation:
University of North Florida. Irish Studies Program Records. Special Collections and University Archives, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research.

Terms Of Use:

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository. Copyright holder for this collection: University of North Florida. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, our compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Background

Scope and Content:

The collection contains printed and photographic materials, and realia documenting the University of North Florida Irish Studies Program and activities from 1986 to 2008. A broad range of subject files shows the development of the Program and includes administrative materials, announcements and flyers, brochures and programs, committee documents, correspondence, invitations, newsletters, photographs and slides, posters, promotional and publicity items, realia, and a CD archive containing the files of the Program's former website. The core of the collection are working files containing correspondence between Program Coordinator Professor Richard Bizot and Irish Studies writers, scholars and entertainers. A complete set of events posters, and various photographs of the writers and performers add unique visual dimensions to the collection. Audiovisual items, including several recordings of poetry readings and lectures, are cataloged and shelved separately. Full bibliographic information for these items is available in the Library's online catalog.

Biographical / Historical:

In 1986, the University of North Florida (UNF) Dept. of Language and Literature began offering a variety of courses in Irish literature, which generated high student enrollments and community interest. Literature Professor Richard Bizot, a charter member of the Dept., was the catalyst and longtime coordinator of Irish Studies at UNF. In addition to designing and teaching courses on Irish fiction, poetry, and drama, he conducted literary tours of Ireland in 1986, 1987, 1990 and 1992, for university students and members of the community. In 1991, Bizot was instrumental in bringing Irish poet John Montague to UNF for the first Irish Studies event on campus. In March 1995, a formal Irish Studies Program was initiated through the generosity of the Schultz Foundation, a Jacksonville, Florida, family foundation. UNF was the recipient of funding from the Foundation in the memory of John Francis Reilly, the Irish-born father of Nancy Reilly Schultz. The Foundation supported Irish Studies at UNF for ten years, and underwrote both the John Francis Reilly Performance and Lecture Series and the Reilly Fellowship program. A UNF Irish Studies Committee supervised the Series; initial members were Richard Bizot (chair), Dale Clifford, Betty Flinchum, Charles Galloway and Debra Murphy. The Reilly Performance and Lecture Series presented 101 public events from its inception in Fall 1995 until Fall 2008. Irish poet and educator Seamus Deane presented the Inaugural Series Lecture, "Irish Studies: Rereading a Culture," on November 9, 1995. Other Reilly Series events included poetry readings, concerts, lectures, film series, exhibits and symposia. The Reilly Fellowships for curriculum development were awarded to eleven UNF faculty members who developed a variety of Irish Studies courses in art, film, Celtic spirituality, education, history, literature, nursing, political science and sociology. As a result, UNF faculty and students have presented scholarly papers at many Irish Studies conferences in the United States and Ireland. In totality, the Irish Studies Program raised more than $100,000 in contributions to the UNF Foundation, establishing one endowment - the Moriarty Endowment, named after Professor Bizot's mother's family, and more than $100,000 in in-kind contributions. In November 2008, due to budgetary constraints, most of the operations of the Irish Studies Program were suspended by the University until further notice. The last major event held was a Samuel Beckett Festival, featuring a trilogy of world-class events on October 30 - November 6, 2008.

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Acquisition information:

The majority of the materials were donated by Professor Richard Bizot. Additional items were transferred via university records deposit, and also acquired through the efforts of the archival staff

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