Emory To Extend Irish Collection

Included in Emory's Irish Literature Collection are works by W.B. Yeats (pictured here in a painting by his father John Butler Yeats).

By Colm Murphy, Contributor
April / May 2006

Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library has received a $34,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support the second phase of the Access to Major Irish Literary Archives Project. Working in conjunction with the University of Delaware; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at University of Texas, Austin; Washington University in St. Louis; and Wake Forest University, Emory will use the grant to expand the Irish Literary Collections Portal, which will link widespread collections of Irish materials and allow researchers to perform precise searches.

Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has one of the largest collections of contemporary Irish literature. Included in its collection are works and related materials by W.B. Yeats, and the literary archives of Thomas Kinsella, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Paul Muldoon, and Edna O’Brien. The collection also includes the correspondence of Seamus Heaney. The first phase of the project was completed working in conjunction with Boston College. The Irish Literary Collections Portal can be found online here. ♦

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