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Adaline Glasheen papers, 1950-1980

Identifier: SC-12

The Adaline Glasheen papers contain correspondence and printed materials, as well as Glasheen's notes and workbooks pertaining to her James Joyce scholarship from approximately 1950 to 1980. Two cassette tapes and several photographs are included in the collection. A large portion of the collection is comprised of Glasheen's correspondence with Joyce scholars in America and Europe, some of whom are Thornton Wilder, Fritz Senn, Clive Hart, Richard Ellmann and Luigi Schenoni. Letters from Iona Opie and Shirley Jackson, Warren Hunting Smith and others may also be found.

Glasheen's vast research is represented by notes and workbooks for her published works; reports and papers presented to Joyce meetings both in the United States and Europe. Included are books belonging to Glasheen both by and about James Joyce, many of which contain copious annotations and research notes by her.

Appendix I contains materials found after the completion of the main part of the finding aid and continues the series titles.

Appendix II contains materials including correspondence and drafts regarding the publication of Edward Burns' edited letters of Thornton Wilder and Adaline Glasheen; a gift of letters between Mitchell Morse and Glasheen; and other items related to Joyce and Wilder.


  • 1950-1980



18 Linear Feet (29 boxes)


The Adaline Glasheen papers contain correspondence and printed materials, as well as Glasheen's notes and workbooks pertaining to her James Joyce scholarship from approximately 1950 to 1980.

Biographical Note

The following biographical information was provided by Francis Glasheen, husband of AG, in a letter to Archivist Charlotte Hegyi dated 25 July 1995.

Dear Miss Hegyi,

...Finally, her biography. Adaline was born in Evansville, Indiana, attended the public schools there. Adaline and her mother borrowed armloads of books weekly from the public library. They were both able to recall every detail of their reading. Good books, trash, they read ΓÇÿem all. This proved to be a great help in her Joyce work. After a year of two at the University of Indiana, she transferred to the University of Mississippi. We met and married at Ole Miss. As a new instructor it was my lot to teach Freshman English classes made up of members of the football squad. Adaline was hired to coach football players in English lest they flunk out and thus do harm to the football team. She continued the reading habits of her childhood. Later she felt that Joyce, too, was a great reader of trash; hence her ability to spot references and allusions in Joyce. She received her B.A. at Ole Miss. While I was teaching at St. Louis University, she took her M.A. at George Washington University. (See Appendix II for clarification on this point.) While I was in the army she taught at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. After the war I inherited her job there because the college library was inadequate for her work on Joyce. I was commissioned to look for books she needed. Two friends who had access to the Yale University Library tirelessly toted books for her from New Haven. Their help and her correspondence with Thornton Wilder and Jim Atherton made her work possible.

Upon the birth of our daughter in 1946, Adaline was eager for a task which she could do in the few minutes between the incessant trivia of rearing a child. The 'Joyce game' enabled her to survive.

In 1946 the fruit of her Joyce work was published by the Northwestern University Press. In 1947 was moved to Farmington, Conn. where Thornton Wilder often came discuss Joyce with her. It was a privilege and a joy to hear their intellectual excitement.

She taught several summers at the University of Buffalo and continued an extensive correspondence with Joyce scholars both here and abroad. She also conducted several seminars on Joyce at the Sorbonne. She was often on the panel at international conferences on Joyce.

In 1986 her physical condition necessitated her going into a nursing home. There she remained until her death in 1993.

If there is any additional information you need, please let me know. It has been difficult to write this letter without sounding like "My career as an English professor." This I regret very much. I had no influence on Adaline's study of Joyce; it was very easy for me to remain silent while she talked with Joyceans.

Sincerely yours, Francis Glasheen


The papers are arranged in five series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Notes
  3. Writings
  4. Printed materials
  5. Miscellaneous


Boxes 1, 2, 5, 5A, 6, 7: Archives Storage, Range 22A, Section 2

Boxes 3, 4, 5B, 5C, 10, 11, 28, 29: Archives Storage, Range 22B, Section 2

Boxes 8, 9, 12-27: Archives Office, Section 4

Other Finding Aid

PDF finding aid with complete contents list is available here, or via the link in the External Documents section below.

Custodial History

The papers, books and correspondence of Adaline Glasheen were presented to Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Warren Hunting Smith Library by Adaline Glasheen in 1976. Warren Hunting Smith and P.W. Crumlish, Librarian, accepted the gift.
Adaline Glasheen papers, 1950-1980: A Finding Aid
Charlotte Hegyi and Kim Boland
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Repository Details

Part of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives and Special Collections Repository

Warren Hunting Smith Library
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva New York 14456 U.S.A. US (United States)