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Joseph M. Hone Collection

Identifier: MS46

Scope and Contents

The Hone Collection consists of some of Hone’s personal correspondence, books, serials and papers related to the Irish literary renaissance. Some of the books were annotated by him. Loose letters have been removed from the books and placed in the small archival collection (MS46) described below. Correspondents include William Butler Yeats, Jack B. Yeats, Edward Marsh, and John Millington Synge. Many of Hone’s notes concern his own writing projects about Irish authors or historical figures of interest.


  • 1921 - 1949


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.


1 Boxes

Language of Materials



Joseph Maunsell Hone (1882-1959) had a distinguished career as a literary historian and biographer, especially of Irish writers. He published biographies of William Butler Yeats, George Moore and Henry Tonks, as well as histories concerning political issues in Ireland in the 20th century. In 1957 he became president of the Irish Academy of Letters. The Hone Collection consists of personal correspondence, books, serials and papers related to the Irish literary renaissance. Published volumes have been cataloged and can be found in the Northwestern University Libraries online catalog in the Hone collection. Loose materials were removed from books and organized in the Joseph M. Hone Collection (MS46).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Hone Collection was purchased from a British dealer.

Related Materials

For larger archives related to Joseph Maunsell Hone, see the Joseph Maunsell Hone Papers (P229) at University College Dublin:

The National Archives in the United Kingdom shows several small collections of Hone correspondence and other papers at Edinburgh University Library, Glasgow University Library, King’s College London Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, and a large collection in the United States at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library at the University of Texas at Austin. See:

Separated Materials

The 76 published volumes from Joseph Hone’s library have all been cataloged and may be found in the online catalog with a Hone call number (examples: Hone 13.1 or Hone 202). The cataloging record has information about any presentations or annotations in individual copies.
Guide to the Joseph M. Hone Collection
Revised by Sigrid Pohl Perry
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US