CollectionThe Teresa Deevy Archive
Collection DescriptionTeresa Deevy was born in Waterford in 1894 and her first staged play, ‘The Reapers’ debuted in the Abbey Theatre in 1930. Throughout that decade a number of her plays were produced by the Abbey. Deevy fell out favour with the national theatre by 1939 and from then on her writing was most likely to be performed for radio – though her work was frequently performed by a range of dramatic groups, both amateur and professional. While Teresa Deevy passed away in 1963 interest in her work has continued and even grown. Since 2010 the off-Broadway Mint Theatre has been engaged in ‘The Teresa Deevy Project’, reviving her plays to critical acclaim and publishing collected editions of her work. In the Spring of 2010, Mint Artistic Director Jonathan Bank travelled to Ireland to meet with members of the Deevy family and to see Landscape, the Deevy family home where Teresa was born and spent her final years. Teresa’s papers, which had been stored in Landscape were deposited with the Library, Maynooth University in 2011, for their long-term preservation and so that they could be made available for research. []
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The Teresa Deevy Archive has been digitised and made available through the Digital Repository of Ireland. The collection is broken into several sections, as follows:

A. Correspondence

B. Theatre Programmes

C. Dramatic Scripts

D. Non-dramatic Works

E. Reviews and Press Coverage

F. Written Works by Other Authors

G. Other Material

AccessBy prior appointment
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Maynooth University Special Collections and Archives provide a Teresa Deevy Descriptive List.

The Teresa Deevy Archive was deposited with Maynooth University Library in 2011 to ensure its long-term preservation and to facilitate academic research.

Repository NameMaynooth University and St Patrick's College, Maynooth
AddressSpecial Collections and Archives John Paul II Library South Campus Maynooth University Maynooth County Kildare
EircodeW23 VP22
Address 2The Russell Library St Patrick's College Maynooth County Kildare
Telephone(01) 474-7423
Telephone 2(01) 708-3890
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CommentThere are two separate institutions in Maynooth: the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and St Patrick's College, Maynooth. The Russell Library serves both institutions. Some of the information listed from this repository has been extracted from lists available in the archive. These lists were compiled by library staff and we are grateful for their assistance. Where partial or no lists were available, staff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list.