William Butler Yeats and His Circle Collections
This collections contains three archives of correspondence and other materials related to W.B. Yeats, his father John, his brother Jack, and their circle.
- circa 1890-1939
- Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922 (Person)
- Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 (Person)
- Yeats, Jack B. (Jack Butler), 1871-1957 (Person)
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.
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
3 Boxes (1 box each of Irish MS6, Yeats MS23, and Hone MS46.)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Guide to the William Butler Yeats and His Circle Collections
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository
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