GLAM Survey of Collecting Policy & Practice:
Trinity College Library, Dublin

The Library holds over 200 medieval and early modern manuscripts written in Irish; those containing literary works include the Book of Leinster and the Yellow Book of Lecan. The Library’s Middle English manuscripts include one of the earliest and best versions of the “C” text of Piers Plowman, works by Richard Rolle of Hampole and copies of The Prick of Conscience. There are numerous collections of modern Irish language manuscripts, including the papers of Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Risteárd Ó Glaisne and Cathal Ó Sándair among others. Modern literary manuscripts in English include papers of Jonathan Swift, J.M. Synge and Samuel Beckett. Other literary highlights include the papers of Joseph Campbell, J. G. Farrell, Denis Johnston, John B. Keane, Thomas MacGreevy, Seumas O’Sullivan, Somerville and Ross and James Stephens. Recent acquisitions include papers of John Banville, Jennifer Johnston, Tom Murphy and Leland Bardwell.

Recent Acquisitions

Description of acquisition (including extent) Type of acquisition Source of acquisition
1. Samuel Beckett, notebook containing drafts of ‘imagination dead imagine’ and other texts Purchase Offer from owner, through Sotherby’s. Funded by own resouces
2. John B Keane (addnl) Purchase Auction / Offer from owner.  Funded by own resouces
3. John Banville (large additional) Purchase Offer from owner.  Funded by own resouces
4. Lilliput press (large additional) Purchase Offer from owner.  Funded by own resouces
5. Smythe of barbavilla, co westmeath:
18th c verse
Purchase Approach to owner. Funded by own resouces

For further information or enquiries please contact Trinity College Dublin direct.

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