Collection: The Cuala Press Business Archives

Collection DescriptionThe Cuala Press began in 1902 as the Dun Emer Press and the Yeats' Sisters, Elizabeth Corbet (Lolly) Yeats (1868-1940) and Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats (1886-1949) were founding members along with Evelyn Gleeson (1855-1944). In 1908 the Yeats' Sisters split from Evelyn Gleeson and the Dun Emer Press and they founded the Cuala Press in Churchtown, Co. Dublin. In the 1930s the Press moved to 133 Baggot Street, where they could showcase and sell their books, prints, cards, and embroideries directly to the public. Elizabeth Corbet Yeats died on the 16th January 1940 but the press continued in Palmerstown Road by Georgie Hyde-Lees (1892-1968), wife of W.B Yeats (1865-1939) along with two of Elizabeth Yeats long-time assistants, Esther 'Essie' Ryan (1889-1961) and Maire 'Mollie' Gill (1891-1977) with F.R Higgins (1896-1941) as editor until Georgie Hyde-Lees died in 1968. In 1969, the press was taken up by W. B. Yeats' children, Michael (1921-2007) and Anne Yeats (1919-2001), with Liam Miller (1924-1987). The Cuala Press ceased operation in 1986 when Anne and Michael Yeats presented the remaining archive and printing equipment to TCD Library. The material was transferred in October of that year, the archive being housed in the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections and the printing equipment in Trinity Closet Press. A subsequent accession was made in 2011. The collection (apart from the printing equipment) was transferred to the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library in June 2016. [Trinity College Dublin]
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Repository: Trinity College Dublin, Manuscripts and Archives Department

Repository NameTrinity College Dublin, Manuscripts and Archives Department
AddressOld Library Dublin 2
EircodeD02 PN40
Telephone(01) 896-1189
Telephone 2(01) 896-3384
Web Address
CommentThe information listed from this repository has been extracted from lists available in the archives. The lists were compiled by staff of Trinity College, Dublin Library and we are grateful for their assistance. Due to time constraints not all items in this repository were examined individually. We are grateful to Felicity O'Mahony for providing information on items and collections added since 1999.

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