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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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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.


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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.