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James T. Farrell Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: July 1987

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


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