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William Butler Yeats collection of papers

William Butler Yeats collection of papers, 1876-[1965] bulk (1897-1939).
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.
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Mixed materialPermit neededAvailableBerg Coll MSS Yeats, WBSchwarzman Building - Berg Collection Room 320


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ca. 3,125 items.
  • Correspondence.
  • Notebooks.
  • An album, compiled by Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell cataloged separately.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Biography (note)
  • William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, playwright, and essayist, and the cofounder of the Irish Literary Theatre.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Provenance (note)
  • This is a synthetic collection, created from materials acquired through gift and purchase from various sources. Former owners include W. T. H. Howe, Lady Gregory, J. S. Watson, Sara Allgood, Ria Mooney, the Group Theatre archive, and Nash's Pall Mall magazine. Some materials contain W. Van R. Whitall's bookplate and John Quinn's bookplate. The typescript of the play, "The Land of Heart's Desire" was a gift of Anne Fremantle.
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Berg Coll MSS Yeats, WB
Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.
William Butler Yeats collection of papers, 1876-[1965] bulk (1897-1939).
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, notebooks, and portraits. The manuscripts comprise holograph poems, drafts and fragments of which some were published in his Collected Poems in 1951; drafts of the introductions to works by Rabindranath Tagore, Lady Gregory, and Dorothy Wellesley; drafts and notes to plays; and fragments and notebooks for "The Shadowy Waters." The typescripts include typewritten drafts of poems, plays, and essays with the author's and Lady Gregory's manuscript emendations. Also included are typescripts of essays about the author by W. H. Auden, Mary Colum, T. S. Eliot, and May Sarton. The portraits are original drawings of Yeats by George William Russell and John Butler Yeats.
The correspondence, dating from [1888] to 1939, comprises letters from the author to Padraic Colum, Lady Beatrice Child Villiers Dunsany, Lord Edward Dunsany, Ford Madox Ford, Lady Gregory, Violet Hunt, John O'Leary, Una Pope-Hennessey, Clement King Shorter, Humbert Wolfe, and others. Also present are letters related to Yeats, dating from 1897 to [1965], from Sir Edmund William Gosse to Lady Gregory, from Richard Jennings to Edith Sitwell, from George William Russell to Lady Gregory, and from Jack Butler Yeats to Ria Mooney, and other correspondence related to the author. There are letters to Yeats from Sara Allgood, William F. Bailey, Padraic Colum, Ellen Duncan, St. John Greer Ervine, William G. Fay, Lady Gregory, Stephen Gwynn, Annie Elizabeth Fredericka Horniman, Maud Gonne MacBride, John Masefield, George Moore, Lennox Robinson, George William Russell, Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge, and others, dating from 1876-1934.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Berg Collection; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, playwright, and essayist, and the cofounder of the Irish Literary Theatre.
Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Local Note
Creation of collection-level record funded with the generous support of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.
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Allgood, Sara, 1883-1950.
Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
Bailey, William F. (William Frederick), 1857-1917.
Colum, Mary.
Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972.
Duncan, Ellen.
Dunsany, Beatrice.
Dunsany, Lord, 1878-1957.
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
Ervine, St. John G. (St. John Greer), 1883-
Fay, W. G. (William George), 1872-1947.
Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939.
Gonne, Maud, 1866-1953.
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928.
Gregory, Lady, 1852-1932.
Gwynn, Stephen Lucius, 1864-1950.
Horniman, Annie Elizabeth Fredericka, 1860-1937.
Hunt, Violet, 1862-1942.
Masefield, John, 1878-1967.
Mooney, Ria, 1903-1973.
Moore, George, 1852-1933.
O'Leary, John, 1830-1907.
Pope-Hennessy, Una, 1876-1949.
Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958.
Russell, George William, 1867-1935.
Sarton, May, 1912-1995.
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
Shorter, Clement King, 1857-1926.
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964.
Synge, J. M. (John Millington), 1871-1909.
Wolfe, Humbert, 1885-1940.
Yeats, Jack B. (Jack Butler), 1871-1957.
Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922.
Howe, W. T. H. (William Thomas Hildrup) Former owner NN-BGC
Quinn, John, 1870-1924. Former owner NN-BGC
Whitall, William Van R.. Former owner NN-BGC
Fremantle, Anne, 1909-2002. Donor NN-BGC
Research Call Number
Berg Coll MSS Yeats, WB
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