A collection of the Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) containing first editions of all of Yeats' works (save the extremely scarce Mosada  and The Hour-Glass ), many later editions and variant printings of his writings, and books edited by or containing contributions from Yeats. Also present are runs of periodicals with which Yeats was associated and volumes owned or inscribed by Yeats family members.
This collection of the Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) includes first editions of all of Yeats' works (save the extremely scarce Mosada  and The Hour-Glass ), many later editions of Yeat's works and variant printings, and books edited by or containing contributions from Yeats. Also present are runs of periodicals with which Yeats was associated, such as Samhain, The Arrow, and The Shanachie; many single issues of periodicals in which material by or about Yeats appeared, including particularly elusive journals such as the Kilkenny Monitor and the Irish Home. The collection also includes the published debates of the Irish Parliament in which Yeats was a Senator and volumes owned or inscribed by Yeats and Yeats family members.
Includes printed works by W. B. Yeats, periodicals and anthologies which he edited or contributed to, books formerly-owned or inscribed by Yeats family members. Included are printed works related to the Irish Literary Renaissance / Revival.
Approximately 1000 volumes
A descriptive overview of the collection is available at https://spencer.lib.ku.edu/collections/special-collections/irish. Researchers can browse the catalogue records of items in the Yeats collection by navigating to the University of Kansas Online Catalogue (http://catalog.lib.ku.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First), selecting "Left-anchored call number (not LC)" in the "Search by" field, and entering Yeats in the "Search For" field.
This collection is owned by the University of Kansas and is managed in compliance with copyright law. Please contact Kenneth Spencer Research Library if you have specific queries regarding this collection.
The base Yeats collection was purchased in 1955 from collector, P. S. [Patrick Sarsfield] O'Hegarty, a former Secretary of Irish Posts, one-time member of several revolutionary groups, civil servant, bookseller, historian, bibliographer, and editor. The collection has grown through the further addition of titles since its initial purchase.