The Frank Tuohy collection consists of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries and journals, and photographs.
Manuscripts in the collection include stories, articles, notes, and speeches. Stories date from the 1940s to the 1990s and include drafts of early, unpublished stories. Titles include “Live Bait” (1978), “A Morning Walk in Tokyo” (1991), “The Dust Disturbed” and “Figures in a Tuscan Landscape” (1992). Story drafts are often accompanied by Tuohy’s notes and edits. There is also a speech written by Tuohy and a fragment of an unpublished, undated novel.
There are approximately 40 notebooks in the collection. Notebooks include material directly related to Tuohy’s work, such as notebooks devoted to his award-winning book The Ice Saints (1964). Other notebooks relate to Tuohy’s travels, such as “Portugal Notes and Facts” and “Japan Short Notes,” among others.
Correspondence in the collection includes letters, telegrams, and postcards dating from 1962 to 1999. Notable correspondents include Misako Himuro, John Roderick, and Patraig Rooney. Fan letters date from 1963 to 1998. Also included is a large amount of correspondence from 1969 to 1975 regarding W.B. Yeats.
Scrapbooks in the collection include a scrapbook that dates from 1954 to 1962. Multiple diaries are also present, such as a notebook titled “December 1971” and “Russia, June 1993.” Photographs in the collection include approximately 100 color prints, 50 black and white prints, and five photo albums of miscellaneous content.