Scope and Content
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
Title: James A. Healy Collection of Irish literature,
Date (inclusive): 1870-1976
Collection number: Special Collections M0273
Healy, James A. (James Augustine), d.1975.
8 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not
an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission
or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Gift of James A. Healy, 1975, in memory of his wife, Josephine Healy. Works written by James Brendan Connolly, copyright held
by Miss Brenda E. Connolly.
[Identification of item] James A. Healy Collection of Irish literature, M0273, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University
Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Scope and Content
This collection of books, letters, and other manuscripts was amassed by James A. Healy from his early days as a bibliophile
in the thirties until his death in 1975. Its greatest strengths are in the areas in which he had personal contacts: his friendship
with Oliver St. John Gogarty; his extended correspondence with Elizabeth C. Yeats and George Yeats, from whom he obtained
all the Dun Emer and Cuala Press books (a great number of which were inscribed by their authors or by W. B. Yeats); a very
fine selection of Cuala Press greeting cards and prints; and his contacts with Ernest Boyd, Richard Campbell, and Irene Haugh,
which brought him AE's letters to those recipients and some of his unpublished lectures.
The interest of the collection extends further, to figures who were primarily artists rather than writers, such as Paul Henry
and W. B. Yeats' father, brother, and two sisters, and entrepreneurs and actors such as the Fay Brothers and Dudley Digges.
There is a handful of interesting letters from James Joyce, John M. Synge, Maud Gonne, and George Moore. In addition, from
the critic Ernest Boyd's estate Healy obtained letters from Irish writers prompted by Boyd's research for his book,
The Irish Literary Renaissance (1916).
The letters have been arranged alphabetically by writer; within each writer's section they are placed alphabetically by recipient.
Any MSS or printed articles by, or clippings about, each individual immediately follow letters by him or her.
The numerous insignificant letters from libraries, publishers, etc. have been arranged alphabetically in folders labelled
A, B, C, and so forth, but are not further itemized. Letters from unknown individuals to significant figures such as AE are,
however, itemized separately, as are a few letters from unknown individuals to Healy which contain interesting references.
At the end of the manuscript section of the collection, Box 16 contains the Dun Emer and Cuala Press printed materials (other
than books and oversize prints); a folder of Elizabeth C. Yeats' letters and enclosed announcements, the gift of Mr. J. Richard
Blanchard; and a copy of the Cuala Press keepsake printed for the opening of the Stanford exhibition in 1976.
Photographs are listed here, but are maintained in a separate departmental Photograph File.
Only the most important material from the substantial Vertical File of miscellaneous clippings has been catalogued.
A Cross-Reference Listing, of significant figures written to or about, is also provided.
This covers all the Dun Emer and Cuala Press books and broadsides, with their inscriptions transcribed at length, and the
books of particular interest from other presses more briefly. They are combined in one listing, alphabetized by author. Magazines
and auction catalogues are also itemized briefly.
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
Ernest A. Boyd
Oliver St. John Gogarty
James A. Healy
Eugene F. Kinkead
W. K. Magee
[N.B. alphabetized as R]
George Bernard Shaw
John M. Synge
Elizabeth C. Yeats
Jack B. Yeats
John B. Yeats
Mary Cottenham Yeats
William B. Yeats
Dundrum, Co. Dublin
Greystones, Co. Wicklow
New York City
American-Irish Historical Society
Dun Emer Press
autograph letter, signed
typed letter, signed
typed letter, carbon of
autograph postcard, signed
autograph note, signed
autograph document, lecture, poem, etc., signed
typed document, etc.
printed document, etc.
autograph telegram, signed
transcript, i.e. typed copy of an original item (often indicates an important item
photocopy/xerox (only used here when there is no original of the item in the collection)
number of additional photocopies, xeroxes, or carbons of original item
indicates plural, at end of rubric
Undated letters are placed at the end of any given folder, except when there is strong circumstantial evidence for their being
Dates in brackets, , are transcribed from the postmark or an annotation by another reader such as JAH, or deduced from internal
The number of pages, not sheets, is given after the dash in each entry. Thus a single sheet, written on both sides, with two
photocopies of it, would be entered as ALS - 2 (2).
Dates are given in the following form: month/day/year (i.e. English-style dating has been changed to American style).
Photocopies of an original that is in the collection are placed at the end of their folder, separated by Perma-life paper.