Cuala Press Seminar

Another upcoming event of interest to New England Chapter members from Barbara Hebard at Burns Library:

Boston College, John J. Burns Library
140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA

November 8, 2010 

The Women of the Cuala Press and the Irish Literary Revival

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,

View a slide show of some Cuala Press archival materials from the John J. Burns Library: 

Directions to Boston College (note: parking locations and rates are listed here): 

Campus map (note: the John J. Burns Library is located in the Bapst Building, enter the door nearest to the main gate):

One thought on “Cuala Press Seminar”

  1. Dear Boston College/Burns Library,

    We have a sizable Cuala Press Collection at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. I’ve worked on several projects with the Cuala Press and the later Dolmen Press. I’ve been unable to determine who holds copyright to these materials. This has kept me from being able to publish digital collections we’d like to make available. Do you know who holds copyright and how to obtain permission?

    Many thanks,

    Craig Fansler
    Preservation Librarian
    ZSR Library
    Wake Forest Unviersity

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