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Cuala Press Ephemera Collection

Identifier: EPH 5002

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 123 printed cards, 25 prints and fourteen folders of peripheral material including price lists and advertisements.


  • 1902-1940


Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Collection material primarily in English, with some materials in Irish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

The Cuala Press was founded in 1908 by Elizabeth(Lolly)Yeats, sister of the poet W. B. Yeats and the artist Jack B. Yeats. It was operated in Dublin by Elizabeth and Lily Yeats, and later by George Yeats through the mid-1940s. The Cuala Press continued the work that had begun with the Dun Emer Press from 1902 until 1907 which published books in English by writers of the Irish Revival. The Cuala Press also published broadsides which featured poems and handcolored illustrations. They also published greeting cards, mostly Christmas cards. The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has over 84 books published by the Cuala Press, including works by Lady Gregory, John Millington Synge, Oliver St. John Gogarty, William Butler Yeats, as well as works by writers from outside Ireland such as Rabindrinath Tagore. In addition to a complete collection of the Broadsides, the Hesburgh Library has a large collection of the Christmas cards and other greeting cards produced by the Cuala Press and featuring illustrations by Jack B. Yeats and other artists of the Irish Revival as well as short pieces of verse, some in Irish.


167 folders.


A collection of cards and prints published by Cuala Press along with catalogs and related ephemera.


Individual items are arranged in the order provided by a print catalog list, filed as EPH 5002-125. This list appears to have been used by the original owner, John Bennett Shaw as a guide for collecting. Where possible, the list below refers to the "Shaw Bibliography" number.


Cuala Press Ephemera Collection
Aedin Clements
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556