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William Butler Yeats and His Circle Collections

 Collection
Identifier: MS6 MS23 MS46
This collections contains three archives of correspondence and other materials related to W.B. Yeats, his father John, his brother Jack, and their circle.

Dates

  • c. 1890-1939

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Extent

3 Boxes (1 box each of Irish MS6, Yeats MS23, and Hone MS46.)

Biographical / Historical

The McCormick Library has three archival collections which contain correspondence and other materials related to W.B. Yeats, his father John, his brother Jack, and their circle. The Hone Collection (XLVI) consists of archival material received from Joseph Hone, Yeats scholar and collector; it was acquired along with a collection of published editions on Yeats. Included are letters from Jack B. Yeats, telegrams from W.B. Yeats, the program to Yeats’s memorial service February 6, 1939, and various letters to Hone from Yeats’s friends and authors in his circle. Descriptions can be found in the departmental manuscript card file under Yeats and Hone.

In 1959 Deering Library acquired the Mary Manning collection of letters between W. B. Yeats or John B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. This collection (Yeats XXIII) consists of a few letters from the poet’s father to Lady Gregory written between 1898 and 1907, and over twenty letters from W. B. Yeats to Lady Gregory written between 1913 and 1920, as well as some letters from Lady Gregory to Yeats. Additional Yeats material can be found in the manuscript file. The departmental manuscript card file contains individual descriptions of letters.

A third collection (Irish VI) consists of correspondence, programs, and playscripts related to the Irish National Theatre Society between 1901 and 1939. There are letters from various members of the Yeats family and others in the Society, most written to Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh, which discuss productions. Authors of playscripts include James Cousins, Constance de Markiewicz, and Seumas O’Kelly. Descriptions can be found in the manuscript card file under Irish National Theatre Society or individual

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown.
Title
Guide to the William Butler Yeats and His Circle Collections
Date
n.d.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
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