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Herbert Hitchen Irish Collection, 1908-1970
3 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 10

Abstract:
Pastor of the Unitarian Church of Northampton, Massachusetts, 1958-1966, and an avid collector of Irish literature. Hitchen, born in Norland, Yorkshire, formed his collection around publications from the Cuala Press, a small press in Dublin owned by Elizabeth C. Yeats, as well as manuscript material from poets and playwrights such as Joseph Campbell, Lennox Robinson, Jack B. Yeats, Willam B. Yeats, and George Russell. Consists of broadsides, correspondence, photographs, catalogs, clippings, prospectuses, and publications concerned with modern Irish literature, mainly from the period known as the Irish Renaissance.
Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Herbert Hitchen Irish collection consists of broadsides, correspondence, photographs, catalogs, clippings, prospectuses, and publications concerned with modern Irish literature, mainly from the period known as the Irish Renaissance. Herbert Hitchen (1874-1979) was born in Norland, Yorkshire. He was pastor of the Unitarian Church of Northampton, Massachusetts, 1958-1966, and was an avid collector of Irish literature. Hitchen formed his collection around publications from the Cuala Press, a small press in Dublin owned by Elizabeth C. Yeats, as well as manuscript material from poets and playwrights such as Joseph Campbell, Lennox Robinson, Jack B. Yeats, Willam B. Yeats, and George Russell (also known as AE). The collection was purchased by Smith College from Herbert Hitchen in 1965, and rare materials were transferred to the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The Herbert Hitchen Irish Collection consists of 134 folders arranged in 2 boxes and one oversize box. Box 1 contains folders 1-60. Box 2 contains folders 61-128. The Oversize box contains folders A-F. All material is arranged alphabetically within each series by main entry, and then chronologically.

The Herbert Hitchen Irish Collection consists of 134 folders arranged in 2 boxes and one oversize box. Box 1 contains folders 1-60. Box 2 contains folders 61-128. The Oversize box contains folders A-F. All material is arranged alphabetically within each series by main entry, and then chronologically.


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Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Herbert Hitchen Irish Collection, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

History of the Collection

The collection was purchased by Smith College from Herbert Hitchen in 1965, and rare materials were transferred to the Mortimer Rare Book Room.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
1921-1937
(24 items), (folders 1-21)

Series I consists of broadsides, hand colored and produced by the Cuala Press.

1965-1970
(8 items), (folders 22-29)

Series II consists of catalogs.

1927-1939
(folders 30-38)

Series III consists of press clippings.

1927-1950
(folders 39-106)

Series IV consists of correspondence to Hitchen, primarily from his long-standing friendships with Lennox Robinson and Joseph Campbell.

1914-1941
(folders 107-113)

Series V consists of photographs and etchings, featuring George Russell and Seumus O'Sullivan.


(folders 114-115)

Series VI consists of prospectuses.


(folders 116-128)

Series VII consists of publications.

1927-1930


Contents List
Series I. Broadsides--Cuala Press,
1921-1937


Carberry, Ethna. "There is a way I am fain to go,"
[n.d.].

Box 1: folder 1
Cluna Studio. "Achill,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 2
Cluna Studio. Letts, W. M. "A blessing,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 3
Cluna Studio. "The little road says go,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 4
Cluna Studio. O'Mahony, N. Tynan. "For I'm lonesome in the city,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 5
Colum, Padraic. "The Captive Archer,"
Aug 1914

Box 1: folder 6
Colum, Padraic. "Carrick nabauna,"
Nov 1911

Box 1: folder 7
Gogarty, Oliver St. John, "Non Dolet,"
Feb 1937

Box 1: folder 8
Higgins, F.R., "Glory O!,"
Jul 1937

Box 1: folder 9
K. "Thy waters are silent, thy shores are wide,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 10
Lawless, Emily. "I see an envied haunt of peace,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 11
O'Sullivan, Seumus. "Ambition in Cuffe Street,"
Oct 1909

Box 1: folder 12
Note:

Autographed by O'Sullivan, Jack B. Yeats.

O'Sullivan, Seumus. "Funerals," 2 copies.
Mar 1910

Box 1: folder 13
Note:

Autographed by O'Sullivan, Jack B. Yeats.

O'Sullivan, Seumus. "Nelson Street," 3 copies.
Jun 1910

Box 1: folder 14
Note:

2 copies autographed by O'Sullivan, Jack B. Yeats.

O'Sullivan, Seumus. "Tim the fiddler,"
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 15
The Rio Grande Capstan Chanty," Inside: Stephens, James, "Where the demons grin.
Nov 1908

Box 1: folder 16
Note:

Autographed by Stephens, Jack B. Yeats.

Stephens, James. "The Main Deep,"
Apr 1937

Box 1: folder 17
Stephens, James. "The Rivals,"
Jun 1937

Box 1: folder 18
Yeats, W.B. "Come gather round me Parnellites,"
Jan 1937

Box 1: folder 19
Yeats, W.B. "The Curse of Cromwell,"
Aug 1937

Box 1: folder 20
Yeats, W.B. "The Three bushes,"
Mar 1937

Box 1: folder 21
Miscellaneous Broadsides. Cuala Press.
[n.d.]


Note:
Series II. Catalogs,
1965-1970


Richard Abel & Co.
25 May 1970

Box 1: folder 22
Bibliographia Hibernica
Autumn 1965-Spring 1966

Box 1: folder 23
Blackwell's Catalogue 814
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 24
Blackwell's Catalogue 825
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 25
Brick Row Book Shop
1966

Box 1: folder 26
Emerald Isle Books
Spring 1966

Box 1: folder 27
House of Books, Ltd.
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 28
Olin Library, Wesleyan University. "William Butler Yeats."
1965

Box 1: folder 29
Series III. Clippings,
1927-1939


"Amateurs trained in Irish Classics," New York Evening Journal. [reproduction].
17 Jun 1926

Box 1: folder 30
"The Book Table: the later Mr. Yeats," by Herbert S. Gorman. The Outlook.
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 31
Campbell, Joseph. "Towns."
1 Oct 1920

Box 1: folder 32
"Ireland's culture subject of lecture."
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 33
"Irish repertory players present 'Candida'," The Billboard.
29 Jan 1938

Box 1: folder 34
Maunsel & Co. Miscellaneous advertisements and catalog entries.
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 35
Newspaper Photograph: James Joyce, James Stephens, John O'Sullivan.
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 36
Review of The Interpreters, by A.E. The Nation.
25 Apr 1923

Box 1: folder 37
[Obituary] "W.B. Yeats, 73, Irish Poet and Playwright."
[1939]

Box 1: folder 38
"Says Pied Piper Legend is true," New York Sun. Article featuring interview with William Starkey.
29 Mar 1930


Note:
"St. Patrick and the Shamrock," World Magazine. Joseph Campbell tells legend in interview.
13 Mar 1927


Note:
Series IV. Correspondence,
1927-1950


Campbell, Joseph



Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
23 Mar 1927

Box 1: folder 39
Autograph cards signed: Announcements for School of Irish Studies.
30 Mar 1927-13 Jan 1939

Box 1: folder 40
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
1 Sep 1928

Box 1: folder 41
Autograph letter, signed.
15 Sep 1928

Box 1: folder 42
Autograph letter, signed.
18 Sep 1928

Box 1: folder 43
Note:
Autograph letter, signed.
21 Sep 1928

Box 1: folder 44
Autograph letter, signed.
8 Feb 1930

Box 1: folder 45
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
23 Mar 1930

Box 1: folder 46
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
4 Jan 1931

Box 1: folder 47
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
5 Nov 1931

Box 1: folder 48
Telegram.
27 Nov 1931

Box 1: folder 49
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
22 Dec 1931

Box 1: folder 50
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
29 Mar 1932

Box 1: folder 51
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
26 Dec 1934

Box 1: folder 52
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
12 May 1938

Box 1: folder 53
Telegram.
2 Apr [n.d.]

Box 1: folder 54
Plain brown wrapping paper, addressed to Hitchen in Campbell's hand.
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 55
Clare, Laurence



Typed letter, signed.
24 Sep 1928

Box 1: folder 56
Note:
Cousins, James H.



Typed letter, signed, with envelope.
2 Apr 1932

Box 1: folder 57
Dunham, Franklin



Telegram to Walter Starkie, care of Herbert Hitchen.
10 Apr 1930

Box 1: folder 58
Hitchen, Herbert



Cancelled check, to Joseph Campbell.
14 Mar 1927

Box 1: folder 59
Envelopes, addressed to Hitchen.
[n.d.]

Box 1: folder 60
Robinson, Lennox



Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
14 Nov 1928

Box 2: folder 61
Autograph card, signed.
22 Dec 1928

Box 2: folder 62
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
19 Jan 1929

Box 2: folder 63
Autograph card, signed.
27 Jul 1930

Box 2: folder 64
Autograph card, signed.
13 Dec 1930

Box 2: folder 65
Typed letter, signed, with envelope.
28 Sep 1931

Box 2: folder 66
Telegram.
29 Sep 1931

Box 2: folder 67
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
10 Nov 1931

Box 2: folder 68
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
17 Nov 1931

Box 2: folder 69
Autograph card, signed.
[1931]

Box 2: folder 70
Typed letter, signed, with envelope.
3 May 1932

Box 2: folder 71
Autograph card, signed.
1932

Box 2: folder 72
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
6 Jan 1934

Box 2: folder 73
Autograph card, signed.
17 Jun 1934

Box 2: folder 74
Autograph card, signed.
[1935]

Box 2: folder 75
Typed letter, signed, with envelope. [With: pamphlet, "Memorial to George W. Russell (AE)."]
31 Jan 1936

Box 2: folder 76
Typed letter, signed, with envelope.
27 May 1936

Box 2: folder 77
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
11 Dec 1937

Box 2: folder 78
Typed letter, signed, with envelope.
16 Jun 1938

Box 2: folder 79
Typed letter, signed.
21 Jul 1938

Box 2: folder 80
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
9 Dec 1938

Box 2: folder 81
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
2 Dec 1939

Box 2: folder 82
Typed card.
31 Dec 1940

Box 2: folder 83
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
13 Dec 1947

Box 2: folder 84
Typed letter, signed.
15 Dec [1947]

Box 2: folder 85
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
26 Dec 1947

Box 2: folder 86
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
5 Feb 1948

Box 2: folder 87
Autograph card, signed.
23 Jun 1948

Box 2: folder 88
Autograph card, signed.
16 Jul 1948

Box 2: folder 89
Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
22 Jan 1948

Box 2: folder 90
Autograph card, signed.
1 Sep 1948

Box 2: folder 91
Autograph card, signed.
Dec 1948

Box 2: folder 92
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
12 Dec 1950

Box 2: folder 93
4 envelopes, addressed to Hitchen.
1929-1947

Box 2: folder 94
Telegraph.
22 Dec [n.d.]

Box 2: folder 95
Autograph card, signed.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 96
Autograph card, signed, with envelope.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 97
Plain brown wrapping paper.
[n.d.]


Note:
Starkie, Walter



Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
13 Apr 1930

Box 2: folder 98
Notes to Yellow Cab Co., Chicago.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 99
Text for Telegram.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 100
Vinal, Harold



Typed letter, signed, addressed to Vinal
18 Dec 1931

Box 2: folder 101
Yeats, Elizabeth C.



Autograph letter, signed.
8 Oct 1929

Box 2: folder 102
Autograph letter, signed.
30 Nov 1929

Box 2: folder 103
Autograph letter, signed.
5 Jan 1930

Box 2: folder 104
Autograph letter, signed.
26 Jul 1932

Box 2: folder 105
Holograph note, not signed, on Cuala Industries letterhead.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 106
Series V. Photographs and Etchings,
1914-1941


"It is given to few to create - to enjoy should be the inalienable birthright of all!" Cameo portrait on tissue, with mat.
[n.d.]


Note:
Campbell, Joseph



Photograph of portrait by Estelle Soloman. Autographed by Campbell, with envelope.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 107
Fisher, A. Hugh



Original sketch of James Stephens, autographed by Stephens.
1941

Box 2: folder 108
Signed Etching of George Russell (AE).
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 109
Robinson, Lennox



2 autographed portraits of Robinson.
Nov 1931

Box 2: folder 110
Russell, George (AE)



Reproduction of a line drawing portrait, autographed by Russell. Artist's signature: W.R., Dublin.
Nov 1914

Box 2: folder 111
Two photographs of Russell's grave, and one portrait of Russell.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 112
Photograph of George Russell (AE) and Seumus O'Sullivan, in O'Sullivan's garden, sent to Hitchen by Russell.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 113
Series VI. Prospectuses



Cuala Press. Miscellaneous prospectuses.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 114
Cuala Press. Miscellaneous prospectuses.
[n.d.]


Note:
Renvyle House Hotel.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 115
Series VII. Publications



Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Theatre festival flyer with autographed note by Lennox Robinson.
Aug 1938

Box 2: folder 116
Advertisement for lecture by Lennox Robinson in aid of Dunkirk Free Library.
[1928-1929]

Box 2: folder 117
Advertisement for lecture by Walter Starkie.
Feb-Apr 1929

Box 2: folder 118
Announcement of the School of Irish Studies. Autographed by Campbell [pages 11 and 33].
1928

Box 2: folder 119
Announcement of the School of Irish Studies. Autographed by Campbell [page 10].
1929

Box 2: folder 120
The Arrow. W. B. Yeats Commemorative number.
Summer 1939

Box 2: folder 121
Circum-Spice.
June 1970

Box 2: folder 122
Cuala Press. Four Christmas cards. One signed by Jack B. Yeats, autograph greetings from Fred W. Robinson.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 123
Cuala Press. Photocopies of prospectuses and catalogs.
[n.d.]

Box 2: folder 124
Feis Oidhche Bhealtaine.
1 May 1938
[program]
Box 2: folder 125
The Fiery Arrow.
Dec 1929
[2 copies]
Box 2: folder 126
Press releases and invitation for opening of Robinson's "The Lucky Finger."
Jan 1948

Box 2: folder 127
School of Irish Studies. Syllabus.
1926

Box 2: folder 128
Series VIII. Oversize,
1927-1930


BROADSIDES



Miscellaneous Broadsides. Cualla Press.
[n.d.]

Box 3: folder A
CLIPPINGS



"Says Pied Piper Legend is true," New York Sun. Article featuring interview with William Starkey.
29 Mar 1930

Box 3: folder B
"St. Patrick and the Shamrock," World Magazine. Joseph Campbell tells all in interview.
13 Mar 1927

Box 3: folder C
CORRESPONDENCE



Plain brown wrapping paper.
[n.d.]

Box 3: folder D
PHOTOGRAPHS AND ETCHINGS



"It is given to few to create-to enjoy should be the inalienable birthright of all!" Cameo portrait on tissue, with mat.
[n.d.]

Box 3: folder E
PROSPECTUSES



Cuala Press. Miscellaneous prospectuses.
[n.d.]

Box 3: folder F

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Subjects
  • Cuala Press.
  • English literature--20th century.
  • English literature--Irish authors--20th century.
  • Hitchen, Herbert.
  • Irish literature--20th century.

Contributors
  • Campbell, Joseph, 1879-1944.
  • Cuala Press.
  • Robinson, Lennox, 1886-1958.
  • Russell, George William, 1867-1935.
  • Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet, 1868-1940.
  • Yeats, Jack Butler, 1871-1957.
  • Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939.


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