May 19, 2022

Digitization Projects: "Boston College Libraries Publish Digital Edition of W.B. Yeats' First Play 'Love and Death'"

From the Boston College Chronicle:

Boston College has published an online edition of Love and Death – the first play by Irish Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats, which has never before been published or performed. The play, which is presented in both digital form and through images of the original manuscript, can be viewed at

The digitization is part of a broad effort by the University Libraries to make rare materials from BC’s special collections more readily available to scholars and the public.

Love and Death was acquired by the University in 1993 from Senator Michael B. Yeats, son of W.B. Yeats, and is now part of the Yeats Collection at BC’s Burns Library, the world’s largest repository of original Yeats manuscripts outside of the National Library of Ireland.


The project included the efforts of a team of some 15 staffers from the University Libraries that included Scholarly Communications Librarian Jane Morris and Digital Collections Librarian Betsy McKelvey, Digital Preservation Manager Bill Donovan, archivist Amy Braitsch, Reference Librarian Justine Sundaram and Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard.

Read the Complete Boston College Chronicle Article

Direct to Online Edition of Love and Death by William Butler Yeats

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