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Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet, 1868-1940



  • Existence: 1868-03-11 - 1940-01-16

Biographical note

Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, born on March 11, 1868, in London, to John Butler Yeats and Susan Mary Pollexfen. She wrote forThe Pleiades in the 1880s. She trained as a kindergarten teacher in 1892 and taught art for several years, while also as a working as a publisher. In 1900 Elizabeth and her sister Lily became the guardians of their cousin, Ruth Pollexfen and moved to Dublin. In 1902 they helped to found the Dun Emer Press, and in 1908 they began their own business, Cuala Industries. In her capacity as the head of Cuala Press, Elizabeth oversaw production of a number of her brother W. B.’s books and sold cards, calendars, and prints. She died on January 16, 1940.

Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Identifier

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Loretta Clarke Murray collection of women in revolutionary Ireland


This collection includes papers and artifacts of women and organizations involved in the fight for Irish independence. A majority belonged to Máire Gill and relate to her work with Cumann na mBan, a women’s Irish republican organization, as well as her work with Cuala Press and the women’s sport of camogie. Additionally, there are materials relating to women’s suffrage. Of note are a banner made by Maud Gonne and a journal of Margaret Skinnider’s involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Restrictions on Access

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

Dates: 1893 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1916 - 1950

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