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Cuala Press Project

The Cuala Press Project commenced in October 2020 and is focused on two collections, the Cuala Press Print Collection (TCD MS 11574) and the Cuala Press Business Archives (TCD MS 11535). The project is supported by the Schooner Foundation which funded the appointment of an archivist, a conservator, a digital photographer, and a post-doctoral researcher in the history of art. The aim of the project is to catalogue, conserve, research and digitize the collections, and make them more accessible to researchers.

The Cuala Press was established by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (1868-1940) and Susan Mary Yeats (1866-1949) in Churchtown, County Dublin in 1908. The Cuala Press Print collection comprises 111 hand-coloured prints designed for the Cuala Press by artists such as Dorothy Blackham, Beatrice Moss Campbell (Lady Glenavy), Mary Cottenham Yeats and Elizabeth Corbet Yeats. The Business Archives of the Cuala Press comprises approximately 81 boxes of material and includes some minute books of directors' meetings, cash books, letters, some original drawings for prints, sample books, and designs for embroidery. The Cuala Press collections are visually stunning and form an important part of Ireland's Creative Legacy.

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Fagel Collection Project

The Fagel Collection at the Library of Trinity College Dublin is one of the most important and largest still-extant Dutch private libraries from the eighteenth century. The library was assembled as a working library by several generations of the Fagel family, of whom successive members held high offices in the Dutch Republic throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Trinity College Dublin purchased the collection of books, pamphlets and maps as a whole in 1802.

The Library of Trinity College Dublin and the KB, National Library of the Netherlands will collaborate in a three-year project (2020-2022) for the conservation and digital cataloguing of the Dutch 18th-century Fagel Collection by the Library of Trinity. The project 'Unlocking the Fagel Collection' is made possible by the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken).

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Manuscripts for Medieval Studies Project

The project, generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will seek to research, catalogue, conserve, digitise and share 16 medieval manuscripts of international research significance. The project outputs will be presented in the Library's Digital Collections platform in III-F display, allowing us to share our collections with communities around the world, to catalyse research and educational dissemination on a global scale, whilst ensuring the preservation of our collections for generations to come. The selection of manuscripts demonstrates the breadth and variety of the Library's collections of source material for the study of the art, history and culture of the medieval period, and the history of the book in particular.

The project will also directly contribute to teaching and research within Trinity College Dublin, foster collaborations with other research institutes, and will open up engagement with the manuscripts to a global audience at the click of a button. This project was personally supported by Dr Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, who died on 15 April 2021. This project will stand as a memorial to his deep belief in the transformative power of libraries as a 'vital necessity for the soul, mind and future dreams of a nation'.

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