Archives

Here we hope to provide a list of where to find archives, personal papers and manuscripts to help researchers. This list is not exhaustive and we are always updating and adding new sources as we hear about them. If you have any further sources or references to add please Contact us!

Archives is a general term pertaining to all materials with enduring value created by individuals (papers) or organizations (records) during the course of everyday affairs or the repository that holds that kind of material.

Manuscripts can be limited to hand-written documents, and can be used more broadly and apply to all collections of personal papers.

Personal papers often include correspondence, photographs, diaries, documents, drafts of literary works, notes, recordings, and/or other material created and collected during the course of a person’s life. These materials become significant for research purposes due to the time, place, or circumstance they document; the person whose life they illuminate; the relationships and points of view they reveal, etc. Research using personal papers is rewarding. 

Very often using such resources means doing “original research.” While it is rewarding, and can lead to new discoveries, it is time-consuming. Researchers should allow ample time. See out blogpost from Kathleen Williams for a guide to research and archives.


Archive List

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.

C

KATHLEEN COLEMAN

F. E. SINCLAIR CRICHTON

B.M (Bithia Mary) CROKER

  • Manuscripts of The Scarecrow, The Catspaw & From Mrs. Edmund Nash Morgan at University of Missouri – Columbia Libraries. Microfilm. Click here.
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E

GEORGE EGERTON

  • Selected Papers of Mary Chavelita Bright Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections

F

M. E. FRANCIS

G

MAUD GONNE

  • Maud Gonne collection, Rose Library, Emory University. Click here.
    • Letters, photographs, and genealogical material relating to Maud Gonne includes primary materials collected by Professor Conrad Balliet in the course of his research, as well as audiotape interviews conducted by him with a number of family members and acquaintances.
  • Maud Gonne & W.B. Yeats papers, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University. Click here.
    • 375 letters from Maud Gonne to W.B. Yeats, written between 1890 and 1930.
  • National Archives, Kew, UK
    • Papers of Maud Gonne McBride. Click here
  • National Library of Ireland
    • Correspondence of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne 1883-1928 (Microfilm) Click here.
    • Letters to Ethel Mannin. Click here

EVA GORE-BOOTH

  • The Eva Gore-Booth Papers, UCD Special Collections. Click here.
    • Holograph letters from Eva Gore-Booth to Meredith Starr and other correspondents concerning the occult, reincarnation, poetry, German immigration into England, the social situation in Ireland, and visiting her sister, Countess Markievicz, in Dublin [1916?].
    • Holograph poems including a poem entitled Roger Casement (not dated).
    • Access: The materials in this collection are available by appointment only to research students, reaching staff and scholars. Research students should have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.
  • Eva Gore-Booth papers at Penn State University
    • Personal notebooks and sketchbooks, manuscripts of poems, speeches, and essays, personal photographs and letters (including from family members), and other materials. There are also remembrances of Gore-Booth by others, collects by her partner Esther Roper while preparing the Biographical Sketch included in the “Poems of Eva Gore-Booth” volume Roper published in 1929.
  • The Lissadell archive available from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
    • 168 PRONI boxes, the contents of some of which have been microfilmed. Click here.

SARAH GRAND 

  • Sarah Grand Correspondence, Smith College Libraries, Massachusetts. Contact here.
    • Letters written by Grand to her publisher, William Heinemann. Unprocessed collection, 48 items.
  • Sarah Grand letters to William Morris Colles and others [manuscript], 1895-1911, Penn State Libraries. See here.

LADY AUGUSTA PERSSE GREGORY

  • Lady Gregory collection, 1932-1970, Burns Library, Boston College. Click here.
    • Small collection of items relating to Lady Gregory and her home.
  • New York Public Library
    • Berg Collection, Lady Gregory Collection of Papers Click here.
  • ROBERT W. WOODRUFF LIBRARY, EMORY UNIVERSITY

BEATRICE GRIMSHAW

  • The Papers of B. W. Bramell, National Library of Australia. Click here.
    • Paper – Papua of today, the labour question, a problem for the future, by Beatrice Grimshaw (File 4) – Box 2
  • The Papers of Alfred Deakin, National Library of Australia. Click here.
    • Online letter rom Beatrice Grimshaw to Alfred Deakin
  • Pacific Manuscripts Bureau titles documenting Climate Change. Click here.
    • Correspondence from Dr Walter Mersh Strong dealing with with the purchase of a tobacco plantation in 1934 from Beatrice Grimshaw.

GERALDINE GUINNESS

H

KATHARINE HINKSON

I

IOTA [KATHLEEN MANNINGTON CAFFYN]

  • National Library of Australia, Canberra
    • Biographical cuttings files contain cuttings, e.g. articles, obituaries, from Australian newspapers and journals from the early 20th century to 2000. Click here

L

MAY LAFFAN

EMILY LAWLESS

  • Emily Lawless papers, Marsh’s Library, Dublin

HANNAH LYNCH

M

CONSTANCE DE MARKIEVICZ 

  • The Lissadell archive available from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
    • 168 PRONI boxes, the contents of some of which have been microfilmed. Click here.

L.T. MEADE

  • Cornell University Library has a collection of 185 novels by L.T. Meade
  • Newcastle University Library has 180 novels by L.T. Meade
  • Special Collections, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool.

ALICE MILLIGAN

  • Papers of Alice Milligan, University of Kansas Libraries. Click here.
    • This is a small collection of the correspondence, writings, and sketches of Alice Milligan, Irish author and nationalist.

MARION MULHALL

ROSA MULHOLLAND

O

KATHARINE O’SHEA

P

BARBARA PEART

R

CHARLOTTE RIDDELL

  • Letters, 1873-1900 of Riddell and three other Victorian British women authors, University of Virginia Library. Click here.
    • This collection consists of four autograph letters, 1873-1900, of the Victorian women authors Charlotte Cowan Riddell (1832-1906), Anne Manning (1807-1879), Rosa Nouchette Carey (1840-1909) and Mathilde Blind (1841-1896).
  • Charlotte Riddell letters, 1858-1901, Pennsylvania State University Libraries.
    • Two letters. Click here.
  • Edmund Downey Papers, National Library of Ireland. Click here.
    • About thirteen hundred letters to Edmund Downey, mainly on literary topics, late 19th and early 20th c., from various correspondents in Ireland and England. (Also letters on Katharine Tynan)

S

HELEN SHACKLETON

ELIZABETH A. SHARP

ANNIE M. P. SMITHSON

SOMERVILLE, E. Œ. and MARTIN ROSS

  • Queens University Belfast, Special Collections. Click here.
    • This is a significant collection of the personal and literary papers of Edith Somerville (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915) alias “Somerville and Ross”
    • Collection of paper based materials consisting of approx. 2100 items, c 1873-1948, including 113 volumes (diaries), 4 files of notes, approx. 1800 autograph letters, approx. 60 literary manuscripts, 12 notebooks and 119 drawings and illustrations.
  • Trinity College Library, Dublin
    • Manuscripts and correspondences of Somerville & Ross. Click here.

T

KATHERINE CECIL THURSTON

  • Katherine Cecil Thurston Papers, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

KATHARINE TYNAN HINKSON

  • Papers of Katharine Tynan, John Rylands Library, Manchester.
    • Books and manuscripts of Katharine Tynan, her husband and daugher  Click here.

V

E. L. VOYNICH

Y

ELIZABETH CORBET YEATS 

  • Yeats family correspondence, University of Kansas Libraries. Click here.
    • MS 25.E contains letters from Elizabeth Corbet “Lolly” Yeats, sister of William Butler Yeats and material from the Cuala Press.

ELLA YOUNG

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