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Thanks and Credits

About the project

The Correspondence of Ernie O'Malley and Thomas MacGreevy is a sub-collection of The Thomas MacGreevy Archive, an interdisciplinary project exploring the life, work, and relationships of Thomas MacGreevy (1893-1967), Irish poet, art and literary critic, and Director of the National Gallery of Ireland (1950-1963). It was completed in 2005-06 under the auspices of a University of Maryland Libraries Faculty Grant.

About the collection

The Correspondence of Ernie O'Malley and Thomas MacGreevy consists of seven extant letters which span eight years, from 1939-1947. These seven letters give a tantalizing glimpse into the world inhabited by these two men, drawn together by Irish politics, culture, and art. In the 1930s and 1940s, both men became keen supporters and champions of the work of Jack B Yeats, the Irish modernist painter, and both worked tirelessely, and often in conjunction to promote his art (further information on the MacGreevy Yeats relationship can be found here). We are grateful to Cormac O'Malley, Ernie O'Malley's son and literary executor, for permission to publish his father's letters, and for providing us with copies of Thomas MacGreevy's letters. Thanks are also due to Margaret Farrington and Robert Ryan, executors of Thomas MacGreevy's estate, for allowing Thomas MacGreevy's letters to be reproduced here, as well as to the Trustees of the Board of Trinity College Dublin for their permission to publish the letters of Ernie O'Malley.

Many thanks are due to Cormac O'Malley for his painstaking proofreading and annotation, and to Mary Cosgrove for her excellent introduction.

Susan Schreibman, Gretchen Gueguen, and Jennifer Roper gratefully thank The University of Maryland Libraries for their generous support of this project through their Faculty Grant program.


For comments, questions, and suggestions regarding the site, please contact:

Susan Schreibman
Assistant Dean, Head of Digital Collections and Research
University of Maryland Libraries
McKeldin Library
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301-314-0358
Fax: 301-314-9408


Content Editor

Susan Schreibman

Encoding Development

Susan Schreibman and Gretchen Gueguen

Database design and development

Amit Kumar

Website Design

Eric White and Sean Daugherty

Metadata design

Jennifer Roper and Gretchen Gueguen

Notes and Annotation

Susan Schreibman and Comac O'Malley