Arts and Culture

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Preservation is a Gift to the Future


One of the most-cited authors in the world, James Joyce is the author of epic works, such as Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. At the University at Buffalo, we showcase some of the most valuable printed materials in the world with the James Joyce Collection.  

From his manuscripts, scholars and enthusiasts alike can study this unique compilation. Assembling an unmatched collection of Joyce materials presents an opportunity to say something new and put UB on the map for our dedication to preservation.

The potential impact of such a significant collection is immeasurable and it deserves a fitting stage. That is why UB is building a James Joyce Museum. An investment of this magnitude sends a clear message about the preservation of historical materials and the future of literary criticism. 

Reading Between the Lines

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Reading Between the Lines of a Literary Legacy

“I was in Kolkata [India],” said PhD Candidate in English, Dipanjan Maitra. “I had not seen a single volume of the James Joyce archive. That’s when I decided I would try to apply [to UB].” 

With vast, valuable printed resources, Maitra sought clarity on this world Joyce created by studying the archives so that he could present something of relevance in his literary criticism.

A New Perspective

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New Perspective on a Storied Author

It would be difficult to read criticism about James Joyce and not run into the name Michael Groden. In his careful studies in genetic criticism of Joyce, Groden examines James’ complex writing process for readings otherwise impossible without access to his archives.

When he thought about the transformative effects of archival research, Groden could not think of a better place to fund than the James Joyce Collection.

Where Writing Resonates

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Where the Written Word Resonates

Few authors have more of a global influence than James Joyce. That is because you do not have to be a scholar to experience and enjoy Joyce’s works. His writing is meant to be appreciated by everyone. Public access is tantamount to both Joyce and UB.

With an enormous impact on world literature, Irish literature is one of Ireland’s biggest imports around the globe, with Joyce being the biggest name in the lot.

The James Joyce Archive presents an opportunity for scholars to learn something new and gain a perspective that could have been discounted in the past 70 years of scholarship. As a leading research university, bypassing this premier opportunity would be criminal. With several large donations, we have been able to establish ourselves as a destination for the study of Joyce literature.

Explore more about how UB is leading the charge with the James Joyce Collection Museum

Invest in the future

Your investment in UB will make a difference for a cause that matters to you: whether you make a gift to the UB Fund, support a scholarship for one UB student, sustain the work of a professor who will inspire thousands, or fund a cancer cure that saves the lives of millions. Every gift counts!

Together We Support Arts and Culture

Access has always been the mission at UB. With time, UB has developed the most comprehensive collection of Joyce manuscripts in the world, fueling scholarly analysis and solidifying UB’s place as a top research institution. However, that is just one of the many arts and culture initiatives at UB.  Explore some of the other ways people have invested in a more robust culture at UB that has provided a variety of opportunities for our students.

A New Chapter for Buffalo

If we were to ask you about art capitals of the world, chances are you’d say Paris or Rome. New York. Maybe even Los Angeles or Miami. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to add Buffalo to that list. There’s an urban renaissance happening in Western New York, and the University at Buffalo is driving the charge.

Lack of talent has never been the issue for Buffalo.The problem’s been keeping it here. Especially for our art students. Our Arts Collaboratory, conceived out of the Dean’s Office at the UB College of Arts and Sciences, was designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the arts across campus, to build community, and, ultimately, to turn Queen City into a thriving hub for artistic expression.

This is ushering in a new chapter for Buffalo, creating opportunities for citizens and students alike, and revitalizing the city in the process.

Fieldhouse of Dreams

Tunney Murchie (MBA ‘76, BS ‘75), Deanna Murchie (BS ‘74) and their family believe in collegiate athletics. They also understand that while UB provides an outstanding education, student athletes didn't have the space they needed to hold practice no matter the Buffalo weather.

That’s why they gave the single largest gift ever made to the athletic department to help turn the long-awaited 92,000-square-foot fieldhouse into a reality.