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Herbert Hitchen Irish collection

 Collection
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00010

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates of Materials

  • 1908-1970

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Extent

3 boxes (1 linear feet)

Overview

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.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series:
  1. I. Broadsides, 1921-1937
  2. II. Catalogs, 1965-1970
  3. III. Clippings
  4. IV. Correspondence
  5. V. Photographs and Etchings
  6. VI. Prospectuses
  7. VII. Publications

Arrangement

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

General

The Herbert Hitchen Irish Collection is the physical property of the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors of works or their legal representatives.
Title
Herbert Hitchen Irish collection
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Compiled by Lynne M. Fors
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: manoscmr12 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063