GONNE, MAUD, 1866-1953.
Maud Gonne collection, circa 1870-1978

Emory University

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zbf1


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gonne, Maud, 1866-1953.
Title: Maud Gonne collection, circa 1870-1978
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 771
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (5 boxes), 1 oversized papers box (OP), and AV Masters: .3 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Collection of letters, photographs and geneological material relating to Maud Gonne including primary materials collected by Professor Conrad Balliet in the course of his research, as well as audiotaped interviews conducted by him with a number of family members and acquaintances.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: this collection includes copies of original materials held by other repositories. These copies may not be reproduced without the permission of the owner of the originals.

Related Materials in This Repository

Maud Gonne and W.B. Yeats papers and W.B. Yeats collection

Source

Purchase, 1995, with subsequent additions.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Maud Gonne collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed, 1995.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Edith Maud Gonne was born December 21, 1866, at Tongham, Surrey. She was the daughter of Captain Thomas Gonne of the 17th Lancers and Edith Frith Gonne. Her childhood was spent in Ireland, London, and Paris. In 1891 she gave birth to Georges, fathered by Lucien Millevoye; a daughter, Iseult, followed in 1895. Devoted to the cause of Irish nationalism, Maud Gonne was active in many political causes including housing for evicted farmers, food for school children, and improved conditions for Irish political prisoners. In 1900 she founded the Daughters of Erin, an organization that promoted women's involvement in nationalist causes. Among other activities, the organization established classes in Irish history and language. In 1902 Maud Gonne played the lead role in W.B. Yeats's Cathleen ni Houlihan. The following year, she married the Irish patriot Major John MacBride; the marriage ended in 1905. In later years, Maud Gonne was repeatedly imprisoned for her political activities. Her autobiography, A Servant of the Queen, was published in 1938 and offers an account of her early life. Maud Gonne is best remembered as the object of W.B. Yeats' love and as the inspiration of some of his finest poems.

Edith Maud Gonne was born December 21, 1866, at Tongham, Surrey. She was the daughter of Captain Thomas Gonne of the 17th Lancers and Edith Frith Gonne. Her childhood was spent in Ireland, London, and Paris. In 1891 she gave birth to Georges, fathered by Lucien Millevoye; a daughter, Iseult, followed in 1895. Devoted to the cause of Irish nationalism, Maud Gonne was active in many political causes including housing for evicted farmers, food for school children, and improved conditions for Irish political prisoners. In 1900 she founded the Daughters of Erin, an organization that promoted women's involvement in nationalist causes. Among other activities, the organization established classes in Irish history and language. In 1902 Maud Gonne played the lead role in W.B. Yeats's Cathleen ni Houlihan. The following year, she married the Irish patriot Major John MacBride; the marriage ended in 1905. In later years, Maud Gonne was repeatedly imprisoned for her political activities. Her autobiography, A Servant of the Queen, was published in 1938 and offers an account of her early life. Maud Gonne is best remembered as the object of W.B. Yeats' love and as the inspiration of some of his finest poems.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes letters, interviews, research materials, and photographs related to Maud Gonne. Included are ten letters by Maud Gonne written between 1902 and 1950 in which she discusses her marriage to Major John MacBride, her feelings for W.B. Yeats, and other subjects. Also present are four letters from her father, Thomas Gonne, written while serving in India. Among the photographs included in this collection are twelve photographs of Maud Gonne dating from her childhood through old age; other family members represented in photographs include her sister, Kathleen, and her husband, John MacBride.

The collection also includes extensive research files compiled by Professor Conrad Balliet in the course of his research into Maud Gonne, Olivia Shakespear, and W.B. Yeats. These files contain genealogical records collected by Professor Balliet, consisting of copies of birth, baptism, marriage, and death certificates for a number of Gonne and MacBride family members. Finally, the collection also includes a number of interviews conducted by Professor Balliet in the 1970s with family members and friends of Maud Gonne.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Interviews, (3) Research files of Conrad Balliet, and (4) Photographs.


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