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First Appearances collection

 Collection 0007-LIT-RARE

The First Appearances Collection consists of over 1,300 periodicals containing the "first appearance," or first public dissemination, of many noteworthy 20th century literary works. Spanning 1915 to 1977, the First Appearances Collection contains pieces such as "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway, "Ulysses" by James Joyce, and "Ship of Fools" by Katherine Anne Porter. Some works are presented in their totality while others are presented in serial format. The collection is also notable for its early editions of publications such as Time Magazine, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic Monthly, as well as more specialized publications such as the Yale Quarterly Review. Authors represented in this collection include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, Flannery O'Connor, Gertrude Stein, Amiri Baraka, and more.


  • 1915-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1915-1977

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Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


5921 Items


The collection is intellectually arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

Related Material

Special Collections has extensive holdings of Maryland, American, British, and international literature, among them the Authors and Poets collection, which contains the works and correspondences of "First Appearances" authors such as William Carlos Williams, John Updike, Amiri Baraka, and Richard Aldington.

In addition, Special Collections houses works by Katherine Anne Porter , Djuna Barnes, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway, as well as the correspondences of William Faulkner and Robert Frost.

Guide to the First Appearances collection
Processed by Laura Cleary and Melissa Lohry, July 2011
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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