Slocum, John J.

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John J. Slocum (1914-1997) was a Foreign Service officer, rare book and manuscript collector, and bibliographer of James Joyce. He was introduced to Ezra Pound by his college friend James Laughlin.

From the description of John J. Slocum papers relating to Ezra Pound, 1938-1950. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702171429

John Jermain Slocum, Foreign Service officer, James Joyce bibliographer and rare book collector, was born in 1914 Lakewood, New Jersey in 1914. In 1936 he was graduated from Harvard College, where he met David Rockefeller and James Laughlin, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1938. He then became a press aide to New York City mayor LaGuardia on Rockefeller's recommendation, but resigned in 1941 to enlist in the Army, where he served in various public information posts, including a stint as spokesman for the forces conducting atomic bomb testing on the Marshall Islands in 1946.

After the war, he joined the United States Information Agency and served with them until 1970, representing the agency in Germany and Egypt and traveling to Asia and South America as part of their inspection team.

Slocum assembled what was widely considered the world's leading collection of James Joyce printed and manuscript material. The collection was acquired by Yale University in 1951. In 1953 Yale University Press published A Bibliography of James Joyce by Slocum and Herbert Cahoon. Stephen Hero, a new edition of the Joyce "draft" that became Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, was published by Laughlin's New Directions press in 1963.

Slocum was the founding president of the Friends of the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1974 and a leading member of the American Numismatic Society. He also served on a Presidential Cultural Advisory Committee; and participated in an effort to reorganize the Smithsonian Institution.

John Jermain Slocum lived in Newport, Rhode Island, where he died on August 12, 1997. He was survived by his wife of many years, Eileen Gillespie Slocum, and their two daughters.

From the guide to the John J. Slocum papers relating to Ezra Pound, 1938-1950, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn James Joyce collection, 1884-1993. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
creatorOf Joyce, James, 1882-1941. James Joyce letters to Grant Richards : typed transcripts, 1905-1914. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Eugène and Maria Jolas Papers, 1879-1986 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878. Autograph letter signed as archbishop of Spoleto : to Cardinal Cesare Brancadoro, 1827 Dec. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harry Levin papers Houghton Library
creatorOf John J. Slocum papers relating to Ezra Pound, 1938-1950 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn James Joyce collection, 1884-1993. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, 1548-1626. Letter signed : München, to an unnamed "Vatter in Gott", 1586 Jun. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn James Joyce collection, 1884-1993 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Jolas, Eugène, 1894-1952. Eugène and Maria Jolas Papers, 1879-1986. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Manuscripts and proofs of New Directions books, 1937-1997. Houghton Library
creatorOf Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878. Autograph note signed as Pope : Pesaro, addressed to the Archbishop of Fermo, 1857 May 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941. Printed document, signed "Wilhelm" : Berlin, 1900 Jan. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715. Order signed, 1692 Apr. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Slocum, John J. John J. Slocum papers relating to Ezra Pound, 1938-1950. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Clement Augustus, Archbishop 1700-1761. Letter signed : München, to Hofkammer at Hildesheim, 1726 June 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Jordan, Susan Cordelia. Scrapbook relating to Ezra Pound, 1933-1985. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Jordan, Susan Cordelia. Scrapbook relating to Ezra Pound, 1933-1985. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941. Report on recruits, signed "Wilhelm Prinz von Preussen" as captain and "Chef" of the 2nd Company, First Guard Regiment of Foot : Potsdam, 1881 Feb. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796. Autograph letter signed "Caterina" : to the Governor of Smolensk, 1763 July 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers, 1853-2005, (bulk) 1939-2003. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796. person
associatedWith Clement Augustus, Archbishop 1700-1761. person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Jolas, Eugène, 1894-1952. person
associatedWith Jordan, Susan Cordelia. person
associatedWith Joyce, James, 1882-1941. person
associatedWith Laughlin, James, 1914- person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715. person
associatedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Paige, D. D. person
associatedWith Pius IX, Pope, 1792-1878. person
associatedWith Pound, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Pound, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972 person
associatedWith Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Special Assistant to the Secretary for Bicentennial Planning. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, 1548-1626. person
associatedWith William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941. person
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