|Title||Seamus Heaney Literary Papers|
|Archive Reference||IE DuNL MS/ 49,493|
|Web Link to this Entry||https://iar.ie/archive/seamus-heaney-literary-papers|
|Extent Medium||19 boxes|
Creator(s): Heaney, Seamus (1939-2013)
Administrative History ↴Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet, playwright, lecturer, and translator. He was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Archival History ↴This collection was donated to the National Library of Ireland by Seamus Heaney in November 2011
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴Donation
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: Heaney, Seamus (1939-2013) ↴
The Seamus Heaney Literary Papers consist for the most part of literary drafts of Heaney’s poetry, prose criticism, verse translations and drama, from his associations to the Belfast Group in the early 1960’s, the publication of his first collection ‘Death of a Naturalist’ (1966), through to his 2010 poetry collection ‘Human Chain’. Drafts of all his major poetry collections are represented, alongside his prose writings (reviews, newspaper articles and critical essays and lectures, some of which were later collected in ‘The Government of the Tongue’ and ‘The Redress of Poetry’), his translations of the work of poets Brian Merriman, Jan Kochanowski, Leos Janacek and Robert Henryson and his dramatic works ‘The Cure at Troy’ and ‘The Burial at Thebes’. Among the drafts is related documentation which sheds light on his collaborations with both English National Opera and the Abbey Theatre, his interaction with publishers in the UK, Ireland and America and his schedule of public appearances. There is, in addition, fragmentary correspondence, covering the years 1963 to 2008. The literary drafts themselves include extensive manuscript and typescript worksheets, often heavily annotated, and a number of notebooks which contain manuscript drafts, alongside occasional diary entries and his jottings in which he reflects on the origins and progress of his creative ideas.
Appraisal Destruction ↴Permanent Retention
I. Poetry (1963-2010). II. Prose (1970-2002). III. Verse Translations (1979-1999). IV. Drama (1990-2004). V. Other Papers. The cataloguing archivist has sought to maintain the original order in which the collection was organised by its creator. This means that where successive drafts of poetry collections were filed as distinct items by Seamus Heaney, they have been maintained as distinct items. In addition any titles on the original files, folders or envelopes in which the papers were housed have been noted in the catalogue. Many of the drafts are undated, but where a worksheet or notebook has been dated this information has been noted in the catalogue.
Conditions of Access & Use
|Access Conditions||Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket|
|Conditions Governing Reproduction||Subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 2000, the papers in this collection are in copyright. It is necessary to obtain the express permission of the copyright owner before reproducing any material from this collection.|
|Extent Medium||19 boxes|
|Material Language Script||English|
|Finding Aids||An item-level catalogue is available online Archive Web Link →|
There are no Allied Materials
Descriptive Control Area
|Archivist Note||Deirdre Collins|
|Rules/Conventions||ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, adapted from MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.|
|Date of Descriptions||41771|