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Katharine Tynan Hinkson

  1. Katharine Tynan Hinkson Collection

    The Katharine Tynan Hinkson collection is comprised principally of three series: correspondence, manuscripts, and a miscellaneous assortment of newspaper clippings, booklets, souvenirs, and personal effects.

    The correspondence, covering the years 1885-1929, contains over 200 letters to Tynan. Correspondents include members of the Yeats family, Lady Wilde, Wilfrid Blunt, Douglas Hyde, Padriac Colum, Jane Barlow, T.M. Healy, Edith OE. Somerville, Alice Milligan, Lennox Robinson, Sir Horace Plunkett, Lady Gregory, and George Russell, among others. Also present are several letters to her daughter Pamela Hinkson.

    The manuscripts collected include twenty-five handwritten, typed, or printed articles on literary topics and personalities such as "The Anglo-Irish," "The Descendants of an Irish Patriot," and "English Women Poets." Also available are the manuscripts of her reminiscences: "Twenty-Five Years," "The Middle Years," and "Years of the Shadow." There are clippings of various articles written about her by John O'Leary in 1892, A. P. Graves in 1884, and W.B. Yeats, as well as clippings of articles she wrote about Lionel Johnson, Susan Mitchell, and Francis Thompson.

    In the miscellaneous materials, there are programs for the Dublin University Tercentenary service in 1891, stock certificates, election petitions, booklets written by other writers, menus, invitations, and souvenirs. Included here are her Parnell souvenirs, among them the telegram she received announcing Parnell's death. This large collection is extensive and offers the researcher insight into Tynan's creative process as well as her life. There are also copies of most of her printed books.

  2. Additional Holdings -- Katharine Tynan

    The additional holdings of Katharine Tynan materials are comprised of letters from Tynan, her manuscripts, and writings by her daughter Pamela Hinkson. There are twelve letters spanning the years 1895-1929 from Tynan to various people primarily discussing literary matters and business. One letter of June, 1886, from Christina Rossetti to Tynan, comments on several books of Tynan's poetry. In addition to this correspondence are two manuscripts: the poem "The Christmas Bird," dated 1913, and the ninety-one-page holograph signed manuscript The Child's Prayer Book.

    Three of the files contain Pamela Hinkson's correspondence and a manuscript, not dated, entitled "Katharine Tynan in the Irish Literary Movement." The correspondence is comprised of over fifty pieces. One set, May 22, 1966-July, 1968, concerns selling books, manuscripts, and documents belonging to her late mother.