Cuala Press Collection

Repository: UCC Library Archives Service

Identity Statement

TitleCuala Press Collection
Archive ReferenceIE BL/L/CP
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1922-1939; 2004
Extent Medium6 items


Creator(s): Elizabeth Yeats

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Cuala Press was an Irish private press set up in 1908 by Elizabeth Yeats with support from her brother William Butler Yeats that played an important role in the Celtic Revival of the early 20th century. Originally Dun Emer Press, from 1908 until the late 1940s it functioned as Cuala Press, publicising the works of such writers as Yeats, Lady Gregory, Colum, Synge, Gogarty, It was intended that the new press would produce work by writers associated with the Irish Literary Revival. They ended up publishing over 70 titles in total, including 48 by William Butler Yeats. The press closed in 1946. The Cuala was unusual in that it was the only Arts and Crafts press to be run and staffed by women and the only one that published new work rather than established classics. After Elizabeth Yeats died in 1940, the work of the press was carried on by two of her long-time assistants, Esther Ryan and Mollie Gill under the management of Mrs. W. B. Yeats. The final Cuala title was Stranger in Aran by Elizabeth Rivers, which was published on 31 July 1946. In 1969 the press was taken up by W. B. Yeats' children, Michael and Anne Yeats, with Liam Miller. Some titles were run in the 1970s, and valuable archives are still held by the press.
  • Archival History ↴

    IE BL/L/CP are items generated by the Cuala Press held in UCC Library. This material was acquired in 2004 by Mr. Seán Ó Coileán, Roinn na Nua-Gaeilge, UCC as part of the material sent to Prof. Ó Coileán by Ann Elder in connection with the deposit by her of Cuala Press’s ‘Broadsides’, now held in Special Collections, Boole Library, UCC (ref. no. U316).
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Elizabeth Yeats ↴

    The collection consists of mss letters from Elizabeth C. Yeats, Cuala Press, which mentions various publications and the Yeats’ family (especially W.B. Yeats’ health).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    By date order.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available by appointment with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets.
Conditions Governing ReproductionBy application to the Archivist only.
Creation Dates1922-1939; 2004
Extent Medium6 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Item description Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteEmer Twomey
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2005