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Collection of James Brendan Connolly Materials

Identifier: CONNOLLY-1

Scope and Contents

The Connolly Collection contains the writings and personal library of James Brendan Connolly (1868-1957). The collection includes Connolly's reminiscences, newspaper articles, and galley and page proofs as well as scrapbook clippings. There are also notebooks containing holograph notes on schooners and the navy, letters from Connolly's personal correspondence, and books from Connolly's personal library.


  • Creation: 1891 - 1957


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biography of James Brendan Connolly

James Brendan Connolly (1868-1957) was an Irish-American author of sea-related stories, novels, and nonfiction such as The Book of the Gloucester Fishermen. Born in South Boston, he attended Harvard and was a medal-winning athlete in the first modern Olympics, held in Athens in 1896. He participated in the Siege of Santiago as a member of the 9th Regiment, ran for the 12th Congressional District (South Boston) seat as a member of the Progressive Party in 1914, and worked as a correspondent for such publications as Scribner's, Harper's and Collier's.


35.25 Linear Feet


The Connolly Collection contains the writings and personal library of James Brendan Connolly (1868-1957), an Irish-American author, athlete, politician, and correspondent.


Materials arranged in 8 series: Correspondence, Manuscripts and Notes, Published Materials (First Appearances), Related Materials, Photographs, Memorabilia, and Monographs.

Provenance and Acquisition

Collection primarily the gift of James Augustus Healy. Additional gifts as indicated.



Finding Aid to the Collection of James Brendan Connolly Material
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.