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Rudi Holzapfel Research Collection on James Clarence Mangan

Identifier: MSE/IR 2720

Scope and Contents

The collection of Rudi Holzapfel on James Clarence Mangan includes Holzapfel’s notes, drafts, collected correspondence, publications and clippings of Mangan’s published work. Rudi Holzapfel’s bibliography, James Clarence Mangan: A Check List of Printed and Other Sources (1969), was the most complete bibliography of Mangan until Jacque Chuto’s James Clarence Mangan: A Bibliography ( 1999). Holzapfel’s work on Mangan continued over many years, and his papers include drafts and correspondence with the editors of the 1990s Irish Academic Press series on James Clarence Mangan.


  • Creation: 1903-1934, 1953-1979, 1990-1996, undated


Language of Materials

English and German

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

James Clarence Mangan (c.1803-1849) lived in Dublin all his life and was a prolific poet. Employed from a young age as a scrivener and later as a legal copyist, Mangan spent three years working with the Ordnance Survey and was afterwards employed at the library at Trinity College. His work was published in a wide variety of periodicals, and included many poems translated, or inspired by, German poems. He wrote many poems on Ireland and wrote for nationalist newspapers such as The Nation and The United Irishman, and he translated many poems from Irish. Suffering all his life from ill-health, physical and mental, in later years Mangan also suffered from alcoholism. He died in hospital after a bout of cholera when he also became extremely malnourished.

Rudi Holzapfel (1938-2005), originally from Paris, attended school in California and moved to Dublin in 1956 to study at Trinity College, Dublin. He completed an M. Litt. at Trinity, where his work was on Irish literary magazines, and he went on to Leeds University in 1966 to work on a Ph. D. on James Clarence Mangan. Working as teacher, poet and bookseller, he also published a number of collections of his poetry and some in collaboration with Brendan Kennelly. His work on Mangan continued throughout his life.


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Related Materials

The collection is part of a larger collection that includes a large James Mangan collection of books and periodicals, over one hundred volumes, also collected by Rudi Holzapfel. They are identified in the catalog by the term ‘James Clarence Mangan Collection’ and are all held in the Hesburgh Rare Books and Special Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556