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Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: English

How Special Collections can help you with your research, teaching, learning & assignments.

Introduction to English Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of sources to assist research in English. Such sources may be:

One of the earliest PhD theses Special Collections holds is BG MacCarthy's Women's Contribution to the Development of the English Novel: 1621-1818 (1939).

The Archives Service offers a variety of individuals' and organisations' collections that may be of interest. These include;


Special Collections holds a copy of Joyce's Ulysses with black and white illustrations by Henri Matisse, signed by both Joyce and Matisse. This copy is no. 682  of 1500 copies commissioned by George Macy, the founder of the Limited Editions. Matisse completed drawings based on six episodes from Homer’s epic poem Odyssey rather than from Joyce's Ulysses. Once Joyce realised this he stopped signing the limited edition. Therefore UCC Library's Special Collections' copy is unusual as both James Joyce and Henri Matisse have signed it.