Title: Irish books & manuscripts in the special collections of the University of Florida
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Title: Irish books & manuscripts in the special collections of the University of Florida
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Language: English
Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Publication Date: 2000
Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Irish Books
& Manuscripts

in the
Special Collections
of the
University of Florida


Irish Books and Manuscripts
from the Collection ofE. Byrne Hackett

The core collection of Irish research resources at
the University of Florida Libraries was built by E.
Byrne Hackett (1879-1954), Irish-born proprietor
of New York's Brick Row Bookshop. In 1954 the
Libraries purchased the collection en bloc from
Mr. Hackctt's estate.

With more than 4,000 volumes, the Irish Collec-
tion covers a wide range of Celtic studies: archae-
ology, architecture, art, literature, printing and
binding, law, history, music, philology, religion,
and topography. Among publications other than
belles-lettres are a complete file of the proceedings
of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, the
Zeitschrifi fur Celtische Philologie, the complete
Irish Texts Society publications, and a series of
Irish Public Records.

Literary materials include works from the
eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, from

Swift to Yeats and his successors. Holdings are
particularly strong for the period of the Irish Lit-
erary Renaissance; virtually complete are collec-
tions of first printings of Ferguson, Wilde, Yeats,
Lady Gregory, Joyce, Shaw, George Moore, A.E.,
Synge, Dunsany, Colum, O'Casey, and many
more, including rare broadside publications and
other ephemera.

Along with the books collected by E. Byrne
Hackett is a small selection of manuscript materi-
al: a poem by Dunsany, six plays of Lady Grego-
ry, a poem by Hugh MacDiarmid, a collection of
poems by Katharine Tynan Hinkson, an essay of
Douglas Hyde, several essays by E.V. Lucas, one
typescript of George Moore, a letter of A.E., an
essay on Synge by Arthur Symons, an apprecia-
tion of Shaw by Lewis Wynne, and letters from
both William Butler and Jack Butler Yeats, with a
set of the latter's original colored woodcuts for
the Cuala Press.

The Frank O'Connor Papers

The Frank O'Connor papers, acquired by the Li-
braries in 1988, include all the literary manu-
scripts and related materials (excluding printed
books) left to his widow Harriet Sheehy by Mi-
chael O'Donovan/Frank O'Connor. The papers
occupy twenty-eight manuscript boxes, thirteen
linear feet, and include holograph journals and
notebooks, corrected and uncorrected typescripts,
carbon copies, tearsheets, galleys, and occasional
correspondence related to the publication of
Frank O'Connor's literary works. The major part
of the collection is the short story material,
O'Connor's chief genre, but this is supplemented
by non-fiction including literary criticism, lecture
notes, scripts of radio broadcasts, autobiographi-
cal material, with reminiscences of his work with
the Abbey Theater, and some sixty-three articles
of newspapers and magazines.

The Library has contin-
ued to build upon the
original Hackett collec-
tion. In 1968 over six
hundred titles of nine-
teenth century and
twentieth century Irish
poetry were added, in a
block purchase from
Emerald Isle Books.
More recently, emphasis
has been upon acquiring
complete collections of
major poets such as Sea-
mus Heaney.

O'Connor's personal and professional relation-
ships with William Butler Yeats, George Russell
("A.E."), and other noted Irish authors and play-
wrights are delineated in the private holograph
journals as well as in papers prepared for publica-
tion. The short story typescripts, many of which
have extensive manuscript revisions and additions,
offer opportunities to study O'Connor's artistic
methodology, while the lecture notes and critical
articles reveal his insights into the methodologies
and major themes of other literary figures. The
non-fiction also reflects O'Connor's devotion to
Ireland and his efforts to preserve its monuments,
language, and culture.

None of the material is restricted from viewing, al-
though some papers are too fragile for photocopy-
ing. "Fair use" publication is permitted, although
major projects must be approved by Mrs. Sheehy,
executor of the estate.

For a more thorough discussion of this collection,
and its research potential, see Michael Steinman's

description in the October 1990 issue of Irish Liter-
ary Supplement and Owene Weber's article in the
fall 1990 number of Twentieth Century Literature.

Irish Materials in the
Performing Arts Collection

The University of Florida's Belknap Collection for
the Performing Arts includes visual materials and
playbills relating to the Irish Theater. Among its
holdings are early nineteenth century playbills and
other pre-Abbey Theater productions, as well as
later theatrical materials on the Dublin Theater
and Abbey Theater, and playbills and visual mate-
rials relating to Bernard Shaw.
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For further information, contact Carmen Hurff,
Special Collections, University of Florida Librar-
ies, Gainesville, Florida 32611. (904) 392-0321.

Illustrations are original woodcuts by Jack Butler Yeats.

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