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Abbey Theatre collection

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 244

Scope and Content Note

This artificial collection of items from or associated with the Abbey Theatre was begun in 1986 with a group of twenty-two play parts purchased by the library. These play parts are typescript portions of plays produced at the Abbey Theatre. Most consist of all lines for a particular character in a single play with cue notes and stage directions; others are all of the text for an entire act of one play including stage directions or a character's lines for particular acts. Some of the parts are annotated with holograph notes and underlinings. The twenty-two play parts are arranged alphabetically by play title with one item for which the title is unknown at the end of the group. The Abbey Theatre programs date from 1921-1995, with the bulk of the items from 1925-1942.


  • 1905-1995

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on copyright (literary rights) available from repository. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Historical Note

The Abbey Theatre, organized in 1904, took its name from its location on Abbey Street in Dublin. Ireland. It grew from a society known first as the Irish Literary Theatre (1899-1902) and later as the Irish National Theatre Society (1902-1904). Miss A.E.F. Horniman (1860-1937) a devoted patronness of repertory theater, was impressed by the work of the latter group during a special performance in London, and offered to build a theater for the group in Dublin. Opening night in the Abbey Theatre was held on 27 December 1904 with a program featuring short dramatic works by W.B. Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, and John Millington Synge. The history of the Abbey Theatre combined exciting drama with pride in the past of Ireland. Often marked by controversy, too, the Abbey Theatre was the scene of many first and famous productions.

Historical Source: This brief note about the Abbey Theatre is based on information found in The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (Crowell, 1969).


4 linear ft. (8 boxes)


Collection of play scripts and programs from the Abbey Theatre from 1921-1995.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Plays, (2) Programs, and (3) Other materials.

Custodial History

Purchased from dealer, provenance unknown.


Purchased from Glenn Horowitz Booksellers in 1986 with subsequent additions from 1987-1999.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Director of the Rose Library, Linda Matthews, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Irish Literature.

Related Materials in This Repository

William Butler Yeats collection, Gregory family papers, Cuala Press collection, and in the rare book collection.


Control level 3


File name: abbey244.doc


Processed by Susan Potts McDonald, 2000.

Control level 3

File name: abbey244.doc

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Abbey Theatre collection, 1905-1995
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
February 25, 2001
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Repository Details

Part of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Repository

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States