Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter

VOLUME 12   NUMBER 1

FALL 2010

The Women of the Cuala Press and the Irish Literary Revival

Cuala Press Boston College Libraries, in collaboration with the Association of College & Research Libraries, New England Chapter (Women’s Studies Interest Group), are pleased to announce a seminar, “The Women of the Cuala Press and the Irish Literary Revival”, to be held at the John J. Burns Library on November 8, 2010. Presentations will be offered by Dr. Robert K. O’Neill, Librarian of the John J. Burns Library; Marjorie Howes, Associate Professor of English, Boston College; Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian of the John J. Burns Library; and Andrew Kuhn, doctoral candidate at Boston College.  A complimentary continental breakfast will be served prior to the talks.

 

In 1902, Elizabeth and Lily Yeats went into business with Anglo-Irish carpet designer Evelyn Gleeson’s Dun Emer Industries. Lily was in charge of the embroidery department and Elizabeth ran the press.  In 1908, due to personal and professional differences with Gleeson, Elizabeth and Lily left Dun Emer to found their own Cuala Industries, which included the Cuala Press and the Cuala Embroidery Department. Besides providing works for publication, William Butler Yeats acted as editor and advisor for the press. Cuala Industries, while producing books, broadsides, note cards, hand-colored prints, and embroidery designs, employed Irish women artisans, writers, and artists. The John J. Burns Library has an impressive collection of Cuala Press materials and related items in its holdings. Some of these materials will be available for viewing at the seminar.


The seminar and breakfast are free of charge and open to the public. The breakfast will be served at 9:00 am and the seminar will begin at 10:30 am. To place a reservation to attend, please contact Barbara Adams Hebard, barbara.hebard@bc.edu .

 

View slideshow from Boston College Magazine of some Cuala Press archival materials from the John J. Burns Library.

 

Barbara Hebard, Burns Library Conservator

Justine Sundaram, Burns Library Reference Librarian