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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 24

George Roberts papers concerning the Abbey Theatre and the Irish National Theatre Society


Correspondence, plays and other documents concerning Irish actor and publisher George Roberts, the Abbey Theatre in Ireland, and the Irish National Theatre Society.


  • Creation: 1903-1942 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Irish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.5 linear feet (2 boxes and 6 folders)

Includes correspondence of George Roberts from various correspondents, including William George Fay, Lady Augusta (Persse) Gregory, Stephen Gwynn, James Owen Hannay, Joseph Maunsell Hone, Annie Elizabeth Horniman, Sir Shane Leslie, George Moore, George William Russell, James Starkey, and William Butler Yeats. Also includes a typescript of Bridget Bruin's part in The land of heart's desire by William Butler Yeats, among other manuscripts. Documents include minutes, clippings, and programs of the Irish National Theatre Society, and notes and seating plans of the Abbey Theatre, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Roberts was an Irish actor at the Abbey Theatre and a publisher at Maunsel and Company. The Abbey Theatre was an Irish theatrical company devoted primarily to indigenous drama, opening its doors in 1904. The Irish National Theatre Society was an Irish theater company that performed at the Abbey Theatre and was co-founded by William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Plays
  3. III. Documents

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Purchased with the Chase fund; received: 1957 September.

Roberts, George, 1873-1953. George Roberts papers concerning the Abbey Theatre and the Irish National Theatre Society, 1903-1942: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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