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Yeats family


Biographical note

The Yeats family contributed to Irish culture through art, literature and craftsmanship. John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) was a prolific artist. On September 10, 1863 John married Susan Pollexfen, and they had six children: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Susan Mary "Lily" Yeats (1866-1949), Elizabeth Corbett "Lolly" Yeats (1868-1940), Robert Corbet Yeats (1870-1873), Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957), and Jane Grace Yeats (1875-1876).

William Butler Yeats was an accomplished poet, dramatist, writer and politician and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Susan Mary "Lily" Yeats was an embroiderer associated with the Celtic Revival and a founder of the embroidery department of Cuala Industries. Elizabeth Corbett "Lolly" Yeats published several books on art, and was a founder of Dun Emer Press. Jack Butler Yeats was an acclaimed artist and Olympic medalist. Robert Corbet Yeats (1870-1873) and Jane Grace Yeats (1875-1876) both died in childhood.

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Boston College collection of Yeats family papers


The Boston College collection of Yeats family papers includes artwork, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, and photographs by and about siblings W. B., Elizabeth Corbet, Lily, and Jack B. Yeats; their father, John Butler Yeats; and the wife of W. B., Georgie Yeats. It also documents the running of Cuala Press, a Yeats family business.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research; a portion is available digitally.

Dates: 1884-1974, undated; Majority of material found within 1900-1940