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COLLECTION Identifier: F47-1, F47-2

W. B. Yeats papers


Drafts of essays, poems, and prose, as well as diaries and letters by Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer William Butler Yeats.


  • Creation: 1908-1934

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

The estate of W. B. Yeats must be contacted for permission to publish.


.5 linear feet (5 reels)

Contains drafts of A vision, Player queen, Sailing to Byzantium, The speckled bird, and other works by William Butler Yeats, as well as drafts of essays and poems. Also includes diaries and letters from William Butler Yeats to Jack Butler Yeats, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

47F-1, 47F-2. Purchased from the General Microfilm Company, Brighton, Massachusetts; received: 1948 January 15.

These papers were in the hands of the Yeats family when they were microfilmed. Some are now in the collection of the National Library of Ireland.

Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939. W. B. Yeats papers, 1908-1934: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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