This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts, financial and legal documents, notebooks from 1881 to 1929, diaries from 1881 to 1913, journals from [ca. 1916] to 1932, correspondence dating from 1873 to , portraits, and pictorial works.
Biographical/historical: Lady Isabella Augusta (Persse) Gregory was an Irish playwright, director, producer, poet, folklorist, translator and historian, co-founder of the Irish National Theater Society at the Abbey Theater, and patron of the Irish Literary Renaissance.
Content: This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts, financial and legal documents, notebooks from 1881 to 1929, diaries from 1881 to 1913, journals from [ca. 1916] to 1932, correspondence, portraits, and pictorial works. The portraits include original sketches by Jack B. Yeats. The manuscripts and typescripts include holographs related to the Abbey Theater, drafts and outlines of plays, notes toward works, scenarios, poems, essays, manuscripts related to Sir Hugh Lane, lecture notes, and other materials. The manuscripts and typescripts also include material related to Lady Gregory from Douglas Hyde, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and others, as well as translations by Lady Gregory of various works. There are a number of financial and legal documents relating to the Abbey Theater, royalty statements from Samuel French and John Murray and agreements between the author and various agencies. The correspondence includes letters, from 1882-1932, from the author to Sara Allgood, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1882-1922), Padraic Colum, William Robert Gregory, Paul Harvey (-), Thomas J. Kiernan (1924-1932), Sir Hugh Percy Lane (1901[?]-[1914?]), Sean O'Casey (1924-1931), Una Pope-Hennessey, John Quinn (-1924), Lennox Robinson, Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats ([1898?]-1932), and to others. It also includes letters relating to the author, from 1873 to , between various correspondents including William Butler Yeats, Sir William Henry Gregory, Bernard Shaw, and others. There are letters to Lady Gregory, dating from 1881 through 1932, from Lascelles Abercrombie, Sara Allgood, Olivia Charlotte Ardilaun, George Atkinson, William F. Bailey, Augustine Birrell, Lady Anne Isabella Noel Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Thomas Bodkin, Samuel L. Brown, Dorothy Carleton, Baron Edward Henry Carson, Baron Castletown (Bernard Edward Barnaby Fitzpatrick), Molly Childers, Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, Sidney Colvin, William Thomas Cosgrave, Curtis Brown, Ltd., Jerome Fahey, William F. Figgis, Samuel French, Ltd., Frank Gallagher, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Edmund Wilson Gosse, Guy Gough, Hugh Gough, Margaret (Parry) Gregory, Sir Philip Hanson, Timothy Michael Healy, Annie Elizabeth Fredricka Horniman, Constant Huntington, Douglas Hyde, Henry James, Thomas Joseph Kiernan, Alexander William Kinglake, Hugh Percy Lane, Dugald Sutherland MacColl, Alec Martin, Edward Martyn, John Masefield, James McNeill, Charles Simpson Millington, Thomas C. Murray, Thomas Power O'Connor, Standish O'Grady, Arthur Wellesley Peel, J. H. Perrin, Edward Persse, Dame Una Pope-Hennessy, G. P. Putnam & Sons, John J. Reynolds, Lennox Robinson, Theodore Roosevelt, Bernard Shaw, George Shiels, Robert H. Woods, Kazumi Yano, Jack B. Yeats, William Butler Yeats, and others, many of these relating to the Lane pictures.
Funding: Creation of collection-level record funded with the generous support of the Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation.