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Boston College collection of Dolmen Press

Collection MS-2003-002: Boston College collection of Dolmen Press


  • Creation: 1950-1989, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960 - 1980

Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative records of the Dolmen Press, including advertisements, broadsides, catalogs, correspondence, dummy books, ephemera, and manuscripts submitted to the Press for publication. It also includes Press founder Liam Miller's ephemera and some materials relating to Cuala Press, which Liam Miller ran, along with W. B. Yeats' children, in the 1970s.


Language of Materials

English and Irish.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note

The Dolmen Press was founded in 1951 by married couple Liam Miller and Josephine Browne Miller in Dublin, Ireland. It published and printed works by Sigerson Clifford, Richard Murphy, Austin Clarke, and Thomas Kinsella (such as an elaborate edition of his translation of The Táin), as well as a series of collected essays about W. B. Yeats called The Yeats Papers. It also printed programs, cards, bookplates, and invitations. The Press operated up until Liam Miller's death in 1987.


Allen, Nicholas. "Miller, Liam." Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Miller, Liam. The Dolmen Press: 1951-1976. Dublin: The Dolmen Press, 1976.

Welch, Robert. "Dolmen Press." The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2000.


4.75 Linear Feet (7 containers)


The Boston College collection of Dolmen Press contains advertisements, broadsides, catalogs, correspondence, dummy books, ephemera, and manuscripts documenting the administration of the Dolmen Press, an Irish fine print publisher that was in operation from 1951-1987.


The collection is divided into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Printed materials; III. Manuscripts; and IV. Liam Miller's ephemera.


Material purchased from Emerald Isle Books (1994, 2005) orginated with Liam Miller; additional material was purchased from Adam's Auctioneers of Dublin (2018), source unknown.

Related Materials

Abbey Theatre collection, MS. 1986.135, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Boston College collection of Yeats family papers, MS.1986.033, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Loretta Clarke Murray collection of women in revolutionary Ireland, MS.2016.016, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Stanbrook Abbey Press collection, MS.2003.020, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Dolmen Press Collection (MS 1000), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Previously, this collection was described as two collections, Dolmen Press editorial records (MS.2006.052) and Dolmen Press - Liam Miller Collection (MS.2003.002).



Boston College Collection of Dolmen Press
1950-1989, undated (bulk 1960-1980)
Annalisa Moretti
January 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States