Mr S. A. G. Caldwell of Newcastle, County Down donated his private collection of Irish books and manuscripts on the linen industry to the Linen Hall Library. The collection represents a busy man's private interests and spans the fields of literature, history, archaeology, industry, agriculture and religion. It contains many of the standard works in each field. Over a period of fifty years Mr Caldwell collected and read the works of the major Irish writers and was particularly fond of Daniel Corkery, Seamus MacManus, Standish O'Grady and Maurice Walsh. Included in the collection are works by himself on the mechanics of spinning and weaving, in which business he was employed for many years.
Good range of subjects which are well repesented by standard works in each area. Strong bias towards major Irish writers.
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