The UB James Joyce Collection is the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of materials by one of – if not the most – influential authors of the 20th century.
To properly showcase this significant resource and share it with a broad global audience, UB is planning to establish a James Joyce Museum on its historic South campus in Abbott Hall.
In April, we received a $100,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant from the NEH to help support the design phase of the James Joyce Museum. To receive these funds, the University Libraries needs to raise $300,000 in matching gifts. To date, we are ahead of schedule in raising more than two-thirds of the necessary total, but we need your assistance to surpass our goal.
More About the UB James Joyce Collection and Museum Plans
The Poetry Collection’s unparalleled collection of Joyce’s working papers, notebooks, correspondence, publishing records, Paris library, and much more, provides unmatched glimpses into his writing life and literary partnerships. While the UB James Joyce Collection has been an international research destination for over 70 years, we have worked over the last several years to increase public access through tours, events, and collaborations.
Now, with the 100th anniversary of the publication of Joyce’s Ulysses in 2022, UB Libraries is proud to begin bringing its vision for a James Joyce Museum to life by securing a design befitting its world-leading stature. The UB James Joyce Museum is part of a larger Boldly Buffalo campaign to support the UB James Joyce Collection in its entirety, including funding support for a preservation and acquisitions endowment, an endowed James Joyce curator position, and a programming and exhibition endowment.
The UB James Joyce Museum will open up the James Joyce Collection to the public through exhibitions, tours, digital displays, and other programming. This landmark visitor center and exhibition space will help UB expand its offerings in the public humanities, provide students with innovative educational experiences, and deepen its engagement in Buffalo and beyond as it connects local, national, and global communities.