Guide to the Cuala Press Ephemera Collection.

EPH 5002


Collection Summary

Title: Cuala Press Ephemera Collection
Dates: 1902-1940
Collection No.: EPH 5002
Creator: Cuala Press
Extent: 167 folders; 2 boxes plus 1 oversize container
Language: Collection material primarily in English, with some materials in Irish
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A collection of cards and prints published by Cuala Press along with catalogs and related ephemera.

Selected Search Terms

Cuala Press
Dun Emer Press
Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet, 1868-1940
Yeats, Lily, 1866-1949
Christmas cards

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: Cuala Press Ephemera Collection, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: This collection was a gift of John Bennett Shaw, University of Notre Dame, class of 1937. The collection was described by Caitlin Hutchison in 2011 and by Aedín Clements in 2013.

Biographical Note

The Cuala Press was founded in 1908 by Elizabeth(Lolly)Yeats, sister of the poet W. B. Yeats and the artist Jack B. Yeats. It was operated in Dublin by Elizabeth and Lily Yeats, and later by George Yeats through the mid-1940s. The Cuala Press continued the work that had begun with the Dun Emer Press from 1902 until 1907 which published books in English by writers of the Irish Revival. The Cuala Press also published broadsides which featured poems and handcolored illustrations. They also published greeting cards, mostly Christmas cards. The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has over 84 books published by the Cuala Press, including works by Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge, Oliver St. John Gogarty, William Butler Yeats, as well as works by writers from outside Ireland such as Rabindrinath Tagore. In addition to a complete collection of the Broadsides, the Hesburgh Library has a large collection of the Christmas cards and other greeting cards produced by the Cuala Press and featuring illustrations by Jack B. Yeats and other artists of the Irish Revival as well as short pieces of verse, some in Irish.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes 123 printed cards, 25 prints and fourteen folders of peripheral material including price lists and advertisements.

Arrangement Note

Individual items are arranged in the order provided by a print catalog list, filed as EPH 5002-125. This list appears to have been used by the original owner, John Bennett Shaw as a guide for collecting. Where possible, the list below refers to the "Shaw Bibliography" number.

Container List