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Accession Number: 80-016

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Professor Alfred Tennyson De Lury fonds. -- 1910-1939. -- 5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Alfred Tennyson De Lury was born at Manilla, Canada West, on May 13, 1864 to Irish immigrant parents. He was educated at the University of Toronto where he received his B.A. (1890) and his M.A. (1902). He became a mathematics lecturer at University of Toronto in 1892, Head of the Mathematics Department in 1919, and he held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1922 to 1935. Throughout his life he collected Irish literature and maintained associations with prominent Irish literary figures, including William Butler Yeats, Elizabeth Yeats, John Butler Yeats and other family members, George Russell, and John and Malcolm Magee. De Lury was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1918 and he was the author of several algebra and arithmetic textbooks. He died at Lindsay, Ontario on November 12, 1951. His Irish literature collection is located at the University of Toronto Library.

Custodial History

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Scope and Content

The fonds consists of original and copies of letters from Elizabeth C. Yeats, William Butler Yeats, J.B. Yeats, George Russell and others to Professor A.T. De Lury relating to Irish literature, poetry, and Irish politics. It includes some typescript copies and photocopies of all letters. The topics covered by the correspondence include Caula Press, Abbey Theatre, Irish theatre as well as other topics.

Notes

Title based on the creator of the fonds.

The fonds was donated from an unknown source.

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Finding aids: Y

Associated materials located at the Thomas Fisher Library, University of Toronto.

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Box 1

Folder 1:

Letter 1: W.B. Yeats to Mr. Curtis, from Dunsany Castle, County Meath, 1910, regarding the amount to be paid for an article.

Letter 2: W.B. Yeats to Ashe King, from 4 Broad Street, Oxford, Oct. 28 referring to King's lecture series.

Letter 3: W. K. Magee to Professor De Lury, from National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin, April 15, 1913. The letter bears the National Library letterhead. Contains news of Mcgee's brother.

Letter 4: Shane Leslie to De Lury, from 469 Fifth ave. New York Feb. 20, 1912. He is giving a lecture in Toronto on the Gaelic language question.

Letter 5: Lily Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala Industries, Ltd., Churchtown, Dundrum, County Dublin, April 24, 1916. Death of Beaty who was their compositor.

Letter 6: Elizabeth C. Yeats to De Lury from Cuala Industries, Gurteen Dhas, Churchtown, County Dublin, Nov. 3. 1916. Thanks for sending money to a Mrs. Connolly and her children who are in 'real need'. The case of Mrs. Connolly is discussed in several of the letters which follow.

Letter 7: Lennox Robinson to Elizabeth C. Yeats, from Cahirmoyle, Armagh County, Limerick, Nov. 4, 1916.

Letter 8: Elizabeth C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Churchtown, Nov. 10, 1916.

Letter 9: Elizabeth Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Dec. 8, 1916.

Letter 10: Lennox Robinson to Elizabeth Yeats, from Cahirmoyle, January 8, 1917. A note in E. C. Yeats hand with instructions to burn the [letters].

Letter 11: Lennox Robinson to Elizabeth Yeats, from Dumferline, Scotland, Jan. 11, 1917. Mentions the death of Miss. McConly which will be a great loss to the Abbey .    

Letter12: Elizabeth C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Churchtown, Jan 19, 1917. Economic and social conditions in Ireland during WWI  

Letter 13: Elizabeth C. Yeats to De Lury, from Donnybrook, Dublin, Sunday March 4, 1917. She notes the book of letters of her father, John Butler Yeats, will be out at the end of April. It is edited by Ezra Pound.

Letter 13 a: E. C. Yeats to De Lury from Cuala March 3, 1917. This letter in not included in the numbered list.  

Letter 14: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala Industries March 24, 1917. Thanks him for a gift of money which will be handed over to the District Nurse of Dundrum to spend on nourishment for children of the poor.

Letter 15: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala Industries, May 4, 1917. Economic and social conditions in Ireland. She criticizes Ezra Pound who edited her Father's book of letters.

Letter 16: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala May 24, 1917. Much on Irish politics.

Letter 17: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, July 13, 1917.

Letter 18: John Butler Yeats to De Lury, from 317 W29 New York City Aug 9, 1917. Thanks him for his kind letter about his book and comments on the review by 'A. E.' [George Hamilton Russell]. Irish politics.

Letter 19: A. M. Harrington [?] to A. De Lury [sic] from Eden Park, Dundrum, Aug 24 thanking him for helping the poor of Dundrum.

Letter 20: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Aug 10, 1917. Thanks him for another gift of money for the poor.

Letter 21: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Gurteen Dhas, Dundrum, Cony Dublin, Dec. 9, 1917. More gifts for the poor. She mentions the awful disaster of the Halifax Explosion.

Letter 22: Standish James O'Gray to [Alfred T. De Lury] from Frascatta, Greystones, County Wicklow, Nov. 10 [/91?]

Letter 23: E. C. Yeats to De Lury from Cuala Feb. 5, 1918. Distribution of boots to the poor children. The death of Lady's Gregory's son in Italy.

Letter 24: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Feb 26, 1918.

Letter 25: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, April 25, 1918.

Letter 26: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Feb. 28, 1919. Notes that W.B. Yeats had a daughter born last Wednesday.

Letter 27: E, C. Yeats to De Lury from Cuala, March 5 1919. She says that her brother is delighted with the baby daughter and that he and his wife are bring her to Dundrum for a visit. Irish politics and economic conditions. She mentions that her brother is trying to get Lennox Robinson back as manager of the Abbey theatre.

Letter 28: George William Russell (A.E.) to Dean De Lury, from Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa Oct 14, 1920. Describes his lecture tour in the U.S.

Letter 29: John Butler Yeats to De Lury, from 317 W29 New York City. He writes about the troubles in Ireland and Lady Gregory's refusal to leave her house at West Galway. A sketch on the first page of the letter.

Letter 30: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Feb 18, 1921. More on the troubles in Ireland.

Letter 31: Violet Russell to De Lury from 17 Rathgar Ave. Rathgar Dublin. Feb 18, 1922. Some perceptive remarks an Maria Chapdelaine. Irish politics.

Letter 32: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Gurteen Ghas, Dundrum, Fe. 19, 1922. Writes about her father's death.

Letter 33 - 1: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, Cuala July 24, 1922. The bad times in Ireland. Mr. W. B. Yeats had to flee to get daughter a good doctor in Dublin. W. B. Yeats to receive an honorary degree from Trinity College, Dublin.

Letter 33-2: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, 7 Feb. 1923. She wants to form Cuala into a private company, move into larger quarters and needs money badly. She is worried about the welfare of her brother [W.B.T.] who is a senator.

Letter 34: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, May 16, 1923. The financial troubles of Cuala.

Letter 35: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala Nov 27, 1923. W. B. Yeats will receive the Nobel Prize.

Letter 36: William Butler Yeats to De Lury, from 28 Merrion Square, S. Dublin, Nov. 30 [1923]. The Nobel Prize.

Letter 37: George William Russell (A.E.) to De Lury, from the Irish Statesman, 89 Merrion Square, Dublin, Dec. 18, 1923. Irish politics.

Letter 38: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Gurteen Dhas, Jan. 1924.

Letter 39: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, Oct 23, 1924.

Letter 40: George William Russell (A.E.) to Mr. De Lury, from the Irish Statesman, 84 Merrion Square, Aug 10, 1925.

Letter 41: George William Russell to De Lury, from the Irish Statesman, July 27, 1928. He has received the degree of Doctor of Letters from Yale University.

Letter 42: George William Russell (A.E.) to Dean De Lury, from 152 East Fortieth Street [New York city] Jan. 30, 1931.

Letter 43: George William Russell to De Lury, from 152 East Fortieth Street, March 17, 1931. He is going to Toronto to give a lecture.

Letter 44-1 George William Russell to De Lury, from 17 Rathgar Ave., Dublin, Jan. 21, 1932. The letter is headed by a coloured crayon sketch of mountains beyond a violet field; in the foreground a stone wall with a barred gap.    

Letter 44-2: William Butler Yeats to Mrs. St. Lawrence, from the Waldorf-Astoria, New York, Dec 24, 1932.

Letter 45: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala Aug. 11, 1934. Much on the Abbey Players and their play.

Letter 46: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, march 7, 1939. The death of William Butler Yeats.

Letter 47: E. C. Yeats to De Lury, from Cuala, March 13, 1939. More on W.B. Yeat's death and the funeral arrangements.

Miscellaneous letters and postcard (19 items)

Typescript copy of letters 6-15.


Folder 2: Photocopies of the Yeats-De Lury letters.  

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