In 1955 the Library purchased from P. S. O'Hegarty, former Secretary of the Irish Post Office, one of the premier collections of William Butler Yeats. O'Hegarty, a one-time member of several revolutionary groups, bookseller, historian, bibliographer and editor, was well-acquainted with most of the legendary figures of the Irish literary renaissance, Yeats and his family, Synge, Lady Gregory, and the Abbey Theatre group, and this acquaintance produced a matchless opportunity for the collection of their works as they appeared.
The William Butler Yeats collection is a remarkably rich one. It contains:
Left: Poems. W. B. Yeats. London: T.F. Unwin, 1895. Call Number: Yeats Y19
YEATS MANUSCRIPTS: In addition to this collection of print materials, the library also holds a separate collection of Yeats Family Correspondence (MS 25). This small collection consists primarily of correspondence, but also contains manuscripts, ephemera and other papers by various members of the Yeats family: Elizabeth Corbet Yeats ("Lolly"), 1868-1940; Jack Butler Yeats, 1871-1957; John Butler Yeats, 1839-1922; Susan Yeats ("Lily"), 1866-1949; William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939; and George Hyde-Lees Yeats (wife of W. B. Yeats), 1892-1968. For more information, please consult the online finding aid available at http://hdl.handle.net/10407/3139931770.
YEATS INSCRIPTIONS: For a PDF list of known inscriptions by W. B. Yeats in the volumes in this collection, please click here.