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Cornelius G. (Cornelius Gerard)
Buttimer
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12 publications between 1981 and 2022 indexed
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Buttimer, Cornelius G., Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in Houghton Library, Harvard University, University of Notre Dame Press, 2022. 432 pp.  
abstract:

Harvard University has the largest collection of Irish-language codices in North America, held in Houghton Library, its rare book repository. The manuscripts are a part of the age-old heritage of Irish book production, dating to the early Middle Ages. Handwritten works in Houghton contain versions of medieval poetry and sagas, recopied in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to which period most of the library’s documents belong. Contemporary writings from that time, as well as ones by the post-Famine Irish immigrant community in the United States, are included. This catalogue describes the collection in full for the first time and will be an invaluable aid to research on Irish and Irish American cultural and literary output. The author’s introduction examines how the collection was formed. This untold story is an important chapter in America’s intellectual history, reflecting a phase of unprecedented expansion in Harvard University’s scholarship and teaching during the early twentieth century when the institution’s program of studies began to accommodate an increasing range of European languages and literatures and their sources. This indispensable guide to a major repository’s records of the Irish past, and of America’s Irish diaspora, will interest specialists in early and post-medieval codices. It should prove of relevance as well to scholars and students of comparative literature, cultural studies, and Irish and Irish American history.

abstract:

Harvard University has the largest collection of Irish-language codices in North America, held in Houghton Library, its rare book repository. The manuscripts are a part of the age-old heritage of Irish book production, dating to the early Middle Ages. Handwritten works in Houghton contain versions of medieval poetry and sagas, recopied in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to which period most of the library’s documents belong. Contemporary writings from that time, as well as ones by the post-Famine Irish immigrant community in the United States, are included. This catalogue describes the collection in full for the first time and will be an invaluable aid to research on Irish and Irish American cultural and literary output. The author’s introduction examines how the collection was formed. This untold story is an important chapter in America’s intellectual history, reflecting a phase of unprecedented expansion in Harvard University’s scholarship and teaching during the early twentieth century when the institution’s program of studies began to accommodate an increasing range of European languages and literatures and their sources. This indispensable guide to a major repository’s records of the Irish past, and of America’s Irish diaspora, will interest specialists in early and post-medieval codices. It should prove of relevance as well to scholars and students of comparative literature, cultural studies, and Irish and Irish American history.

Buttimer, Cornelius G., Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Studies in Irish Manuscripts, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1989.

Theses

Buttimer, Cornelius G., “The Bórama: literature, history and political propaganda in early medieval Leinster”, PhD thesis, Harvard University, 1983.

Works edited

O'Flanagan, Patrick, and Cornelius Buttimer (eds), Cork, history & society: interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county, The Irish County History & Society Series 6, Cork: Geography Publications, 1993.

Contributions to journals

Buttimer, Cornelius G., “Longes mac nUislenn reconsidered”, Éigse 28 (1994–1995): 1–41.
Buttimer, Cornelius G., “An Irish text on the ‘War of Jenkins’ Ear’”, Celtica 21 (1990): 75–98.
Buttimer, Cornelius G., “Later Gaelic manuscripts [Review of: Ní Shéaghdha, Nessa, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland, fasc. 8: Mss G 331 – G 373, Studies in Irish Manuscripts, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1984]”, Peritia 4 (1985): 400–401.
Buttimer, Cornelius G., “Scéla mucce Meic Dathó: a reappraisal”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 2 (1982): 61–73.
Buttimer, Cornelius G., “Loegaire mac Néill in the Bórama”, Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 1 (1981): 63–78.

Contributions to edited collections or authored works

Buttimer, Neil [ed.], “A late life of Patrick”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Kevin Murray (eds), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places. Essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, Celtic Studies Publications 9, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2004. 1–43.
Buttimer, Cornelius G., “A catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Boston Athenaeum”, in: de Brún, Pádraig, Seán Ó Coileáin, and Pádraig Ó Riain (eds.), Folia Gadelica: essays presented by former students to R. A. Breatnach on the occasion of his retirement from the professorship of Irish language and literature at University College, Cork, Cork: Cork University Press, 1983. 105–123.