Gerard Manley Hopkins Collection

. . . My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, -- the achieve of, the mastery of the thing!
The Windhover

The Gerard Manley Hopkins Collection originated with the research of Fr. Anthony Bischoff, S.J., for his Yale University doctoral dissertation awarded in 1952. The collection is one of the largest in the United States and among the most distinguished in the world devoted to this poet's work. It contains rare editions of Hopkins' poetry, letters, notes, and journals, as well as writings, letters and memoirs of his colleagues, such as Robert Bridges, Richard Watson Dixon, Coventry Patmore, and others.

The Library collects materials by or about Hopkins, either printed or in manuscript form. Supporting the research needs of scholars, the collection attempts to make readily available all materials relating to Hopkins and background information. This includes obtaining items either in the original or in facsimile, when it does not infringe upon copyright restrictions. The collection also includes Hopkins' scholars' research and manuscripts.

The holdings for the published works are available on the on-line catalog.


 Dr. David A. Downes

Research papers and publications of Dr. David A. Downes, Gerard Manley Hopkins scholar. (Available in PDF format. Links to inventory from the table of contents page are surrounded by blue dashes. Acrobat Reader must be loaded to read PDF documents.)
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    • Fr. Anthony D. Bischoff, S.J.: In 1994 Gonzaga University acquired the research collection of Fr. Bischoff.  There are several holdings of G.M. Hopkins: An Inventory of the Anthony Bischoff Research Collection at Gonzaga University by Stephanie Plowman with an afterword by David A. Downes available at the Foley Center Library at Gonzaga University.

        Other manuscript collections will be inventoried and available on the Web.

        For more information please call or write:

        Special Collections Department
        Foley Center Library
        Gonzaga University
        Spokane, WA 99258

        Call (509) 323-3847 or 323-3822.


        In Memoriam: Mrs Ruth Seelhammer

        Mrs. Ruth Seelhammer worked for over 40 years in the Library at Gonzaga, first as Library Administrative Secretary and later as Curator of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Collection. She is mourned by those who were privileged to work with her at the Library, and by countless Hopkins scholars from around the world.

        While being the Periodicals Assistant, Mrs. Seelhammer would thoroughly check bibliographic resources to maintain currency in the Hopkins Collection. In 1970 she published the book Hopkins collected at Gonzaga, a listing of Hopkins materials. Mrs. Seehammer assisted in the publishing of Hopkins' bibiograhies in the Hopkins Research Bulletin and the Hopkins Quarterly from 1973 to 1982. In 1977 she became the Curator of the Hopkins Collection, while having the position of the Library's Administrative Secretary. Recognizing her Hopkins scholarship, in 1979, the International Hopkins Association appointed her to its Board of Scholars. In 1985, Mrs. Seelhammer retired as the full-time Administrative Secretary after 29 years of service; yet she would continue working with the Hopkins collection on a part-time basis until her death. Over the years she assisted many Hopkins scholars in their research.