Series 1
Correspondence, 1953-1958
Box 1: folder 1-2

Scope and Content Note

The seventy-five items of correspondence in the collection relate to the Yeats Memorial Fund, established in 1953. The correspondents include Joseph Hone (7 letters, 1954, 1956, 1957), Michael Scott (4 letters, 1954, 1956), Michael Mac Liammoir (4 letters, 1954), William Walsh (39 letters, 1953-1958), and Raymond McGrath (11 letters, 1954, 1956, 1957), all members of the Yeats Memorial Fund Committee. Correspondence to and from Walter Starkie, director of the Abbey Theatre for seventeen years, is also found in the collection (2 letters, 1954, 1958). Also included are copies of letters from sculptor Henry Moore to the Fund Committee concerning his work on the Yeats Memorial. The correspondence, then, chronicles the events following the founding of the Yeats Memorial Fund including fundraising plans, discussion of the possibile purchase of a bust of Yeats by Augustus John, development of a competition for artists to design memorial sculptures, the subsequent abandonment of the competition and request for Henry Moore to complete the memorial at St. Stephen's Green in Dublin, and plans and correspondence with Moore concerning his work on the memorial.

Robinson's death in 1958 cut short the exchange of letters, and, therefore, the outcome of the Memorial Fund Committee's work can not be discerned directly from the collection. Problems involved with the artist's competition and the subsequent decision to ask Moore to complete the memorial are not well documented in the correspondence. However, the book Henry Moore by Ulrich Ruchti, Designer, and Ann Goedde, Editor (Harry N. Adams, Incorporated: New York, 1976) contains photographs of the completed William Butler Yeats memorial. A cast of "Standing Figure: Knife-edge" by Henry Moore, is located in St. Stephen's Green Park, the largest of Dublin's great squares. A nearby wall contains a plaque bearing the inscription: "W. B. Yeats 1865-1939, A Tribute in Bronze by Henry Moore, Erected by Admirers of the Poet October 1967."

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order with undated items interfiled in their apparent order according to supplied dates.

Scope and Content Note The seventy-five items of correspondence in the collection relate to the Yeats Memorial Fund, established in 1953. The correspondents include Joseph Hone (7 letters, 1954, 1956, 1957), Michael Scott (4 letters, 1954, 1956), Michael Mac Liammoir (4 letters, 1954), William Walsh (39 letters, 1953-1958), and Raymond McGrath (11 letters, 1954, 1956, 1957), all members of the Yeats Memorial Fund Committee. Correspondence to and from Walter Starkie, director of the Abbey Theatre for seventeen years, is also found in the collection (2 letters, 1954, 1958). Also included are copies of letters from sculptor Henry Moore to the Fund Committee concerning his work on the Yeats Memorial. The correspondence, then, chronicles the events following the founding of the Yeats Memorial Fund including fundraising plans, discussion of the possibile purchase of a bust of Yeats by Augustus John, development of a competition for artists to design memorial sculptures, the subsequent abandonment of the competition and request for Henry Moore to complete the memorial at St. Stephen's Green in Dublin, and plans and correspondence with Moore concerning his work on the memorial. Robinson's death in 1958 cut short the exchange of letters, and, therefore, the outcome of the Memorial Fund Committee's work can not be discerned directly from the collection. Problems involved with the artist's competition and the subsequent decision to ask Moore to complete the memorial are not well documented in the correspondence. However, the book Henry Moore by Ulrich Ruchti, Designer, and Ann Goedde, Editor (Harry N. Adams, Incorporated: New York, 1976) contains photographs of the completed William Butler Yeats memorial. A cast of "Standing Figure: Knife-edge" by Henry Moore, is located in St. Stephen's Green Park, the largest of Dublin's great squares. A nearby wall contains a plaque bearing the inscription: "W. B. Yeats 1865-1939, A Tribute in Bronze by Henry Moore, Erected by Admirers of the Poet October 1967."
Box Folder Content
1 1 Yeats Memorial Fund: 1953-1955
1 2 Yeats Memorial Fund: 1956-1958
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