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Raven Arts Press archive


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The Irish writer and publisher Dermot Bolger founded Dublin-based Raven Arts Press in 1977 when he was seventeen. Raven Arts commenced with the Finglas Writer's Workshop which began printing a mimeographed magazine,

Suburban Poetry, in 1977. Encouraged by the Irish poet, Anthony Cronin, Bolger began publishing his own and others' poetry in book and pamphlet form. Raven Arts became one of the most important of the presses publishing new Irish poets during the 1980s until it closed in 1992. In addition to collections of poetry, Raven published fiction and non-fiction. It also published a series of Raven Introductions, anthologies designed to introduce new writers to the reading public. Other Raven Arts publications include Bright Wave, a dual language edition of contemporary poetry written in Irish, and a pamphlet series, Letters from a New Island. Many Raven Arts poets and writers went on to publish with British and American houses with Bolger's assistance and encouragement. Raven Arts authors include Sara Berkeley, Paddy Doyle, Anthony Cronin, Francis Stuart, Maurice Scully, Paul Durcan, and many others. Raven Arts was active in the cultural life of Ireland, receiving grants from the Arts Council of Ireland, organizing the Poetry in the Schools Scheme to bring the work of contemporary poets into Ireland's schools, and arts festivals in Bolger's native Finglas, a suburb of Dublin.

Bolger himself has gone on to a prominent writing career, and it was largely to devote his efforts full-time to writing that led to his closing Raven Arts. Among his novels are

The Journey Home (1990), and A Second Life (1984). He has written eight plays and published several collections of poetry. His work has received many awards.

In 1992, Bolger became a founding editor of New Island Book, another "vibrant specialist publisher of poetry and drama" that continues to thrive in Dublin and feature Irish writers.

Kelly, Shirley. "The Writer as Publisher." Books Ireland. May 1994. No. 177.Other information derived from the collection.

The Archive of the Raven Arts Press forms a comprehensive record of the history and activities of one of the most important publishers of literature in Ireland during the last part of the twentieth century, from its founding in 1977 to its end in 1993. In addition to manuscripts, typescripts, and galleys for many Raven Arts publications, the archive includes an extensive collection of correspondence that documents the activities of the press in its day-to-day operations. The archive also contains a large amount of publicity material, and original artwork and photographs, as well as the financial records of the company.

The authors represented include Sara Berkeley, Dermot Bolger, Philip Casey, Anthony Cronin, Paddy Doyle, Paul Durcan, Patrick Galvin, Michael Hartnett, Desmond O'Grady, Nuala Ní Dhomhnail, Michael O'Loughlin, Fintan O'Toole, Francis Stuart, and Colm Toibin. The collection includes copies of the mimeograph magazine

Suburban Poetry that constituted Raven Arts' initial publishing venture, as well as a copy of its first pamphlet, a collection of Bolger's poetry entitled Finglas Watching the Night.

The Archive of the Raven Arts Press has been arranged into five series, largely following the original order of the collection. Series I consists of manuscripts submitted for publication. This series is itself divided into manuscripts published as books, arranged alphabetically by name of author; material submitted for Raven Arts' pamphlet series, Letters from a New Island; Suburban Poetry, the initial publication of Raven Arts under the auspices of the Finglas Writers' Workshop; and unpublished manuscripts.

Series II consists of correspondence. This series is subdivided into general administrative correspondence, arranged chronologically, and correspondence, arranged alphabetically, with individuals and institutions with whom Raven Arts had extended and significant correspondence. It also includes contracts and letters seeking or granting permission to reprint material.

Series III consists of office files printed from a computer hard drive when Raven Arts ceased operations. Series IV contains promotional material and art work. It includes posters, book covers, and reviews, much of which was collected an pasted in scrapbooks. Series V contains the financial records of the Raven Arts Press. Throughout the archive, there is overlap and inconsistency in the series content, i.e. some of the manuscript files include correspondence with the author and/or promotional material for the work.

Boxes 1-16: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (20 inches)

Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (32 inches)

Purchase, 1994

Processed February-May 2003, by Kevin Burke; completed by Anita Wellner. Encoded by Debra Johnson, 2007, and Jaime Margalotti, November 2019.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2019 November 20
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Includes manuscripts and other material related to the publication of books by Raven Arts Press arranged alphabetically by author or title (in the case of anthologies and collections).

Hidden Weddings, 1987.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

Includes galley sheets of Michael O'Loughlin's translation of the work of the twentieth century Dutch poet

Scope and Contents

Boss Grady's Boys
Photocopy of typescript of two-act play and a portion of the proofs.
Box 1 Folder F3
Copy of the typescript of two-act play with holograph corrections.
Box 1 Folder F2
Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever, 1989.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

Includes copies of typescript and proofs of poetry collection

Facts about Water, [n.d.].
Box 1 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Includes copy of typescript of poetry collection

Home Movie Nights, 1989.
Box 1 Folder F6
Scope and Contents

Includes reader's report and typescripts of poems

Penn, 1986.
Box 1 Folder F7
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of poems, cover art work, and proofs

Includes typescript of short story collection, cover art work, correspondence related to promotion of book, and a review from the Tribune (Ireland).
Box 1 Folder F8
Printer's page proofs.
Box 1 Folder F9
Scope and Contents

Muscle Creek
Includes typescripts of poems, letters from author to Raven, and copy of press release publicizing the publication of the book.
Box 1 Folder F10
Printer's page proofs.
Box 1 Folder F11
Finglas Watching the Night, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F12
Scope and Contents

Includes copy of the initial publication of Raven Arts Press, a pamphlet of poems, signed by Dermot Bolger, with an Introduction by Anthony Cronin.

The Woman's Daughter, 1987.
Box 1 Folder F13
Scope and Contents

Cover art work and layout sheets of Bolger's novel

Scope and Contents

An anthology of contemporary Irish language poetry published in a dual language edition, edited by Dermot Bolger with translations by a number of poets including Bolger, Sara Berkeley, Paul Muldoon and others.

Translations of the poetry of Michael Davitt, Caitlín Maude and Micheál Ó hAirtnéide.
Box 1 Folder F14
Translations of the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
Box 1 Folder F15
Translations of the poetry of Liam Ó Muirthile and Cathal Ó Searcaigh.
Box 1 Folder F16
Dermot Bolger's translations of a number of the poets included in the anthology and a corrected typescript of Alan Titley's Introduction.
Box 1 Folder F17
Galley and lay-out sheets.
Box 1 Folder F18
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up.
Box 1 Folder F19
After Thunder, 1985.
Box 1 Folder F20
Scope and Contents

Includes two typescript versions of poetry collection, the first of which was titled

Ingrate of My Generation
Those Distant Summers, 1980.
Box 1 Folder F21
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of poetry collection

Includes typescript of poems and print-out of poetry collection.
Box 1 Folder F22
Includes printer's page proofs and cover rough up.
Box 1 Folder F23
Scope and Contents

65 Poems (translation by Brian Lynch and Peter Janowsky)
Typescript of translation.
Box 1 Folder F24
Box 1 Folder F25
Includes typescripts of Forwards to First and Second Editions, requests to German publishers to print translations, and publicity material related to publication.
Box 1 Folder F26
Scope and Contents

Three early versions of the typescript of this poetry collection with cover letters from author.
Box 1 Folder F27
Two later versions of the typescript, including the final one with cover letters from author.
Box 1 Folder F28
The New Pornography, [n.d.].
Box 1 Folder F29
Scope and Contents

Initial and final versions of the typescript of this poetry collection with cover letters from author

The Misogynist's Blue Nightmare, 1990.
Box 2 Folder F30
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of long poem and cover letters from author

The End of the Modern World, 1988.
Box 2 Folder F31
Scope and Contents

Typescript of poems with holograph corrections; also corrected typescript of the Introduction and afterword for Cronin's long poem

R.M.S. Titanic
Letter to an Englishman, 1985.
Box 2 Folder F32
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript versions of long poem and galleys

This Day's Importance, 1981.
Box 2 Folder F33
Scope and Contents

Includes carbon copy of typescript of poetry collection

Selected Poems: Rogha Dánta 1968 – 1984, 1987.
Box 2 Folder F34
Scope and Contents

Includes printer's page proofs

Scope and Contents

The God Squad
Photographs and publicity material.
Box 2 Folder F35
Print-out of the manuscript, pages 1-190.
Box 2 Folder F36
Print-out of the manuscript, pages 191–281.
Box 2 Folder F37
Print-out of portions of the manuscript including prologue.
Box 2 Folder F38
Jesus, Break His Fall, 1980.
Box 2 Folder F39
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript

Jumping the Train Tracks with Angela, 1983.
Box 2 Folder F40
Scope and Contents

Includes copy of corrected typescript and corrected galleys

Scope and Contents

Francis Stuart: a Life
Correspondence related to publication and publicity material.
Box 2 Folder F41
Corrected print-out of an early version of the manuscript. Corrected print-out of a later version of the manuscript.
Box 2 Folder F42
Pages 1-180.
Box 2 Folder F43A
Pages 181-end.
Box 2 Folder F43B
Corrected galleys.
Box 2 Folder F44
Corrected galleys.
Box 2 Folder F45
The Five Stations, [n.d.].
Box 2 Folder F46
Scope and Contents

Typescript of a radio play

Scope and Contents

Donegal Summer
Includes manuscript and correspondence.
Box 2 Folder F47
Includes artwork and correspondence.
Box 2 Folder F48
The Death of Art O'Leary, [n.d.].
Box 3 Folder F49
Scope and Contents

Includes print-out of manuscript of collection of poems

Let the Seahorse Take Me Home; Miss Elderberry Swim, 1989.
Box 3 Folder F50
Scope and Contents

Includes corrected carbon of typescript of collection of poems; also, cover letter (14 May 89) offering the long poem,

Miss Elderberry Swim, for publication and typescript of the poem.
Includes letter from Ted Hickey introducing Dermot Bolger to the "'autobiographical' pieces" of Galvin that had appeared in the Cork Examiner and suggesting their incorporation into a book; also, copies of the pieces from the Cork Examiner, and an early version of the manuscript of the book published in 1990 as Song of a Poor Boy: a Cork Childhood.
Box 3 Folder F51
Three Cf-2 Compact Floppy Discs containing parts 1-6 of Song for a Poor Boy with cover letter , April 10, 1990.
Box 3 Folder F52
Print-out of manuscript, July 22, 1990.
Box 3 Folder F53
Print-out of manuscript, September 4, 1990.
Box 3 Folder F54
Print-out of another version of the manuscript.
Box 3 Folder F55
Corrected galleys.
Box 3 Folder F56
Another version of corrected galleys.
Box 3 Folder F57
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up.
Box 3 Folder F58
Print-out of early version of the manuscript, 1991.
Box 3 Folder F59
Scope and Contents


Hooligan, with cover letter
Another version of the manuscript of Song for a Raggy Boy: a Cork Boyhood published in 1991 as a sequel to Song for a Poor Boy.
Box 3 Folder F60
Undated version of the manuscript titled Song for a Raggy Boy, annotated "pub date 30th Nov.".
Box 3 Folder F61
Corrected proofs , October 14, 1991.
Box 3 Folder F62
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up.
Box 3 Folder F63
En Route to Leamenah, 1990.
Box 3 Folder F64
Scope and Contents

Typescript and galleys for collection of poetry

Scope and Contents

Not Common Speech
Includes photocopy of holograph letter from Seamus Heaney to Hanna (8 Aug 88); typescript of poems; book cover; and typescript of German translation of the book by Peter Jankowsky.
Box 3 Folder F65
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up.
Box 3 Folder F66
The Fabulous Life of Guillaume Apollinaire, 1982.
Box 3 Folder F67
Scope and Contents

Includes photocopies of the typescript of the manuscript translated from the Swedish by Sydney Bernard Smith and the author, and corrected typescript of the Introduction by Smith.

Includes photocopy of a portion of the manuscript for Hartnett's 1985 book Inichore Haiku; also typescripts of early poems and typescripts and other material related to the publication of Hartnett's Collected Poems.
Box 3 Folder F68
Scope and Contents

A Good Daughter
Corrected galleys.
Box 3 Folder F69
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up.
Box 3 Folder F70
Scope and Contents

Angel of Patrick's Hill
Includes two versions of poetry collection typescript, correspondence, and typescript of "Letters on a New Republic," an article by Kearney.
Box 3 Folder F71
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-ups.
Box 3 Folder F72
The Sound of Umbrellas at Work, 1988.
Box 4 Folder F73
Scope and Contents

Includes typescripts three versions of poetry collection

Unfinished Business.
Box 4 Folder F74
Scope and Contents

Includes typescripts of two versions of poetry collection

Voices from the Nettle-Way, 1989.
Box 4 Folder F75
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript and some galley pages

The Adventures of Shay Mouse, 1985.
Box 4 Folder F76
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of children's book and illustrations

The Man Who Lived in Sorcy Wood, 1987.
Box 4 Folder F77
Scope and Contents

Includes corrected proofs of a portion of the manuscript

Typescript of novella.
Box 4 Folder F78A
Typescript of the novella Love in History later published by Picador with The Last of Deeds.
Box 4 Folder F78B
The Restless Factor, 1985.
Box 4 Folder F79
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of poems

Selected Poems: Rogha Dánta, 1988.
Box 4 Folder F80
Scope and Contents

Includes photocopies of galley sheets with corrections of poems from the collection originally published in translation in 1986, reissued in dual language (Irish-English) format in 1988 and 1989, and published again in 1991 as part of the Raven Collection.

The Judas Cry, 1979.
Box 4 Folder F81
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of a collection of poems, "A Corpse Auditions Its Mourners" and "To Us, a Son."

The Witness, [n.d.].
Box 4 Folder F82
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of collection of poems

Seven Arab Odes, 1990.
Box 4 Folder F83
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript of O'Grady's translations of Arabic poetry, together with his introduction to the collection and a Typed Letter Signed to Dermot Bolger offering the work for publication.

After Kavanaugh, 1985.
Box 4 Folder F84
Scope and Contents

Typescript of a critical work on the Irish poet Frank Kavanaugh

The Diary of a Silence, 1985.
Box 4 Folder F85
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence and typescripts of three versions of the poetry collection; also, program from the Passion Machine production of

Wasters, containing two poems by O'Loughlin.
The Inside Story, 1989.
Box 4 Folder F86
Scope and Contents

Includes typescript and galleys for the short story collection

A Mass for Jesse James, 1990.
Box 4 Folder F87
Scope and Contents

Typescript of the Acknowledgements page and two of the articles for the collection of O'Toole's journalism

Box 4 Folder F88A
Box 4 Folder F88B
Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up.
Box 4 Folder F89
Print-out of the manuscript of O'Toole's study of Shakespeare.
Box 5 Folder F90
Box 5 Folder F91
Printer's page proofs.
Box 5 Folder F92
Typescript of chapters 1-4 of O'Toole's study of Irish dramatist Tom Murphy.
Box 5 Folder F93
Typescript of chapters 5-8 of O'Toole's study of Tom Murphy.
Box 5 Folder F94
Raven Introductions, 1983.
Box 5 Folder F95
Scope and Contents

Galley sheets and other material related to the series dedicated to the publication of new Irish writers

Raven Introductions II: Kioskophile and Other Stories, 1983.
Box 5 Folder F96
Scope and Contents

Synopsis of the novella

Kioskophile by David Kavanaugh and manuscripts of stories by Pauge Rowan
Raven Introductions IV, 1986.
Box 5 Folder F97
Scope and Contents

Typescript of the long poem

Eitgal by Gerald Loose, excerpts of which were published in Raven Introductions IV
Raven Introductions VI, 1990.
Box 5 Folder F98
Scope and Contents

Publication files for

Raven Introductions VI
Raven Introductions: Boran – Lonergan.
Box 5 Folder F99
Scope and Contents

Material submitted for publication in the series


arranged alphabetically by author's last name

Raven Introductions: McGhee – Wyley.
Box 5 Folder F100
Scope and Contents

Material submitted for publication in the series, arranged alphabetically by author's last name

Irish Poetry, the Thirties Generation, 1983.
Box 5 Folder F101
Scope and Contents

Corrected typescript of the Preface to this Raven Arts reissue of an anthology of poetry

New and Selected Poems, 1984.
Box 5 Folder F102
Scope and Contents

Correspondence and typescript and holograph copies of the poems included in the collection

Scurrilities and Sensualities, 1981.
Box 5 Folder F103
Scope and Contents

Typescripts of both poetry collections

Loss and Gain, 1981.
Box 5 Folder F104
Scope and Contents

Typescript of collection of poetry

Correspondence and photographs, 1984-1990.
Box 5 Folder F105
Scope and Contents

Correspondence between Stuart and Bolger discussing plans to publish Stuart's work; correspondence with other publishers, photocopies of Stuart's letters to his wife written in France at the close of World War II, plus six photographs of Stuart, plus two photographs of children.

The Abandoned Snail Shell, 1987.
Box 5 Folder F106
Scope and Contents

Corrected rolled galley sheets

A Compendium of Lovers, 1990.
Box 5 Folder F107
Scope and Contents

Galley proofs of novel

Scope and Contents

Typescript of novel with typed and holograph corrections

Pages 1-114.
Box 6 Folder F108A
Pages 115-223.
Box 6 Folder F108B
Pages 224-340.
Box 6 Folder F108C
Pages 1-181.
Box 6 Folder F109A
Pages 182-340.
Box 6 Folder F109B
Editor's working notes and cover.
Box 6 Folder F110A
Galley proofs.
Box 6 Folder F110B
Night Pilot, 1988.
Box 6 Folder F111
Scope and Contents

Typescript of poems

States of Mind, 1984.
Box 6 Folder F112
Scope and Contents

Typescript of short prose

We Have Kept the Faith, 1992.
Box 6 Folder F113
Scope and Contents

Typescript of poems and printer's page proofs

The White Hare, 1936.
Box 6 Folder F114
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of Stuart's novel

Scope and Contents

Manna in the Morning
Typescript of pages 1-30, with corrections and revisions, of the memoir by Francis Stuart's wife.
Box 6 Folder F115
Typescript of pages 31-85, with corrections and revisions.
Box 6 Folder F116
A Round House, 1983.
Box 6 Folder F117
Scope and Contents

Printer's page proofs of poetry collection; also galley proofs of the children's story,

The Chinese Dressing Gown (1987)
Scope and Contents

The Trial of the Generals
Printer's proof pages and cover mock-up; also, corrected typescript of an article entitled "Eastern Europe," published in Trial of the Generals as "The Discreet Rise of the Bourgeoisie".
Box 6 Folder F118
Print-out of the manuscript.
Box 6 Folder F119
Issues of In Dublin magazine in which articles in the book first appeared.
Box 6 Folder F120
Issues of Magill in which articles in the book first appeared.
Box 7 Folder F121
Issues of other periodicals in which articles in the book first appeared.
Box 7 Folder F122
Issues of In Dublin magazine edited by Toibin.
Box 7 Folder F123
Issues of Magill magazine edited by Toibin.
Box 7 Folder F124
Includes original manuscripts of essays published in the collection and cover mock-up.
Box 7 Folder F125A
Printer's page proofs.
Box 7 Folder F125B
16 on 16, 1988.
Box 7 Folder F126
Scope and Contents

Original manuscripts of essays included in a pamphlet on the Easter 1916 rising leading to Irish independence

Printer's page proofs and cover mock-up of this collection of pieces from the various publications in the series.
Box 7 Folder F127
Material submitted for publication in the series.
Box 7 Folder F128
Suburban Poetry, 1977.
Box 7 Folder F129
Scope and Contents

Initial publications of Raven Arts in the form of photocopied broadsheets. Includes "The Poetry of Dermot Bolger" (March 1977), with an Introduction by Colm Hewitt; Suburban Poetry, nos. 1 and 2 (1977), "A Raven Arts workshop publication."

Lasker-Schuler, Else.
Box 7 Folder F130
Scope and Contents

Typescript of translation of German poet Else Lasker-Schuler by James Liddy and Ruth Schwertfeger

MacAnnaidh, Seamus.
Box 7 Folder F131
Scope and Contents

Cover letter and first sixty pages of MacAnnaidh's translation into English of his Irish language novel

O'Louglin, Michael.
Box 7 Folder F132
Scope and Contents

Copy of a typescript of

A Mouth Wound, a collection of poetry circa 1992
O'Sullivan, Michael.
Box 7 Folder F133
Scope and Contents

Typescript of O'Sullivan's Selected

Poems and Prose
Scully, Maurice.
Box 7 Folder F134
Scope and Contents

Typescript of Unauthorized Credits, a collection of poetry

Wall, Eamonn.
Box 7 Folder F135
Scope and Contents

Typescript of

Dyckman-200th Street, a collection of poetry later published by Salmon Press
Unattributed Manuscripts.
Box 7 Folder F136
Scope and Contents

Manuscripts without attribution to author

Unattributed Manuscripts.
Box 7 Folder F137
Scope and Contents

Manuscripts without attribution to author

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence concerning the day-to-day operation of Raven Arts Press, in original chronological files.

Box 7 Folder F138
Box 7 Folder F139
Box 7 Folder F140
Box 7 Folder F141
Box 7 Folder F142
Box 8 Folder F143
Box 8 Folder F144
Box 8 Folder F145
Box 8 Folder F146
Box 8 Folder F147
Box 8 Folder F148
1990 Jan–Jun.
Box 8 Folder F149
1990 Jul–Dec.
Box 8 Folder F150
1991 Jan–Jun.
Box 8 Folder F151
1991 Jul–Dec.
Box 8 Folder F152
1992 Jan–Jun.
Box 8 Folder F153
1992 Jul–Dec.
Box 8 Folder F154
Box 8 Folder F155
Box 8 Folder F156
Scope and Contents

Includes extended correspondence with long term Raven Arts authors, and with businesses and other organizations with which Raven Arts had significant and extended dealings. Series includes contracts with authors and letters seeking or granting permission to reprint material. Occasionally the author includes a typescript poem or other writing.

Berkeley, Sara, 1985-1991.
Box 8 Folder F157A
Boland, Eavan and Rosita, 1986-1991.
Box 8 Folder F157B
Casey, Phillip, 1978-1990.
Box 8 Folder F158A
Cronin, Anthony, 1981 and [n.d.].
Box 8 Folder F158B
Doyle, Paddy, 1988-1991.
Box 8 Folder F159
Galvin, Patrick, 1988-1992.
Box 8 Folder F160A
Hartnett, Michael, 1983-1991.
Box 8 Folder F160B
Murphy, Aidan, 1986-1991.
Box 8 Folder F161
O'Connor, Conleth, 1978-1982.
Box 8 Folder F162A
O'Grady, Desmond, 1988-1992.
Box 8 Folder F162B
Scully, Maurice, 1980-1986.
Box 8 Folder F163
Smith, Sydney Bernard, 1978-1990.
Box 8 Folder F164
Stuart, Francis, 1981-1992.
Box 8 Folder F165
Sweeney, Matthew, 1980-1992.
Box 8 Folder F166
Correspondence with The Arts Council of Ireland, 1980-1991.
Box 8 Folder F167
Scope and Contents

The Arts Council of Ireland was a major source of Raven Arts funding.

Correspondence with Alison & Busby (London), 1983-1987.
Box 8 Folder F168A
Correspondence with Carcanet (Manchester), 1981-1990.
Box 8 Folder F168B
Correspondence with Colin Smythe (Buckinghamshire), 1984-1987.
Box 8 Folder F169A
Dufour Editions (Pennsylvania), 1984-1986.
Box 8 Folder F169B
Contracts, ca., 1982-1991.
Box 8 Folder F170
Scope and Contents

Contracts between authors and Raven Arts Press for publication of books, (see also F215).

Permissions, 1984-1993.
Box 9 Folder F171
Scope and Contents

Letters seeking or granting permission to reprint material

Scope and Contents

Includes letters, contracts, and press releases printed from computer hard drive when Raven Arts ceased operation

Box 9 Folder F172
Box 9 Folder F173
Box 9 Folder F174
Box 9 Folder F175
Box 9 Folder F176
Box 9 Folder F177
Scope and Contents

Also includes contracts and book order forms

Press releases and cover blurbs, ca. 1989-1992.
Box 9 Folder F178

Scope and Contents

Includes promotional material and reviews, book covers, artwork, posters, and material not directly related to Raven Arts.

Reports of manuscripts, [n.d.].
Box 9 Folder F179
Scope and Contents

Reports by readers for Raven Arts recommending publication of submitted manuscripts

Book reviews, 1978-1992.
Box 9 Folder F180
Scope and Contents

Reviews of Raven Arts books from a wide variety of sources

Bolger, Dermot, 1991.
Box 9 Folder F181
Scope and Contents

Reviews of Bolger's work, interviews, and articles written by Bolger for periodical publications

Raven Arts publicity, 1984-1987.
Box 9 Folder F182
Scope and Contents

Includes press releases publicizing Raven Arts Press

Raven authors activities, 1985-1991.
Box 9 Folder F183
Scope and Contents

Includes material relating to activities of authors published by Raven Arts

Articles about Raven Arts Press, 1978-1988.
Box 9 Folder F184
Raven Arts-sponsored events, 1977-1989.
Box 9 Folder F185
Scope and Contents

Promotional material and press reports on events sponsored by Raven Arts

Book launches, 1987-1991.
Box 9 Folder F186
Scope and Contents

Press releases and promotional material for launches of Raven Arts books

Book blurbs and publicity, 1987-1992.
Box 9 Folder F187
Scope and Contents

Includes drafts of material later printed on book jackets

Catalogs and order sheets, 1981-1990.
Box 9 Folder F188
Scope and Contents

Includes many Raven Arts Press catalogs

Publicity mailing lists, [n.d.].
Box 9 Folder F189
Scope and Contents

Lists of reviewers and guest lists for launches and other events

Early Reviews, 1977-1986.
Box 9 Folder F190
Reviews from early 1980s.
Box 9 Folder F191
Reviews from mid-1980s.
Box 9 Folder F192
Reviews from late 1980s.
Box 9 Folder F193
Reviews, 1990.
Box 10 Folder F194
Paddy Doyle, 1985-1989.
Box 10 Folder F195
Scope and Contents

Includes clippings related to Raven Arts author Paddy Doyle and others

Invisible Cities, 1988-1990.
Box 10 Folder F196
Scope and Contents

Clippings related to the Raven pamphlet

Invisible Cities, Francis Stuart's Night Pilot, the author Jennifer Johnston, and Raven Introductions 5
Magic of Tom Murphy, 1987-1988.
Box 10 Folder F197
Scope and Contents

Clippings related to Fintan O'Tooles'

The Magic of Tom Murphy, and Brendan McNamee's The Man Who Lived in Sorcy Wood
Stuarts – Durcan - Cronin, 1981-1987.
Box 10 Folder F198
Scope and Contents

Clippings related to Anthony Cronin, Paul Durcan, and Francis and Madeleine Stuart

Book covers, [n.d.].
Box 10 Folder F199
Scope and Contents

Book covers for many of Raven's publications

Artwork, [n.d.].
Box 10 Folder F200
Scope and Contents

Original artwork for covers and illustrations of Raven Arts books

Photographs of individuals, 1980-1991.
Box 10 Folder F201
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of many Raven Arts authors, including Sara Berkeley (3), Brendan McNamee, Mary Robinson, Maurice Scully, Devin Connolly, Sid Bluett, Padrais Rooney, Philip Casey, Paul Durcan (2), Michael Davitt, Carl Marrey, Patrick Galvin, Robert O'Donoghue, Roisin Cowman, Michael Hartnett (3), Conleth O'Connor (2), Frank Goldon, Nualia ni Dhomhouaill, Jennifer Johnston (2), Brian Lynch (2), Eoin McNermee, Tom Lonercan (2), Aidan Murphy, Michael O'Loughlin (3), Margot McCabe, Francis Stuart, Dermot Bolger, Arland Ussher, Julie Wieland, Podge O'Farrell.

Photographs of art and landscapes, 1989 and [n.d.].
Box 10 Folder F202
Scope and Contents

Photographs of artwork and landscapes used for Raven book covers

Posters and postcards, 1990 and [n.d.].
Box 10 Folder F203
Scope and Contents

Posters promoting Raven books and events. The posters have been removed to oversize.

Non-Raven Arts events, 1981-1993.
Box 10 Folder F204
Scope and Contents

Material promoting events in which Raven was not directly involved

Other publishers' catalogs, 1980-1992.
Box 10 Folder F205
Self-published books, 1977-1984.
Box 10 Folder F206
Mimeographed publications, 1971-1984.
Box 10 Folder F207
Scope and Contents


Broadsheet, edited by Hayden Murphy, and mimeograph publications of the Mountjoy Women's Prison Writers Workshop.
Annaghmakerrig Gazebo, An Article 19 Report, Belfast Review, 1983.
Box 10 Folder F208
Scope and Contents


Article 19 Report titled Fiction, Fact and the Fatwa: A Chronology of Censorship concerns Salman Rushdie.
Books Ireland, 1984-1992.
Box 10 Folder F209
In Dublin, 1982-1984.
Box 10 Folder F210
The Grapevine and Graph, 1978-1990.
Box 10 Folder F211
Scope and Contents

The Grapevine carried one of the first reviews of a Raven book
Innti, Ireland Journal, Modern Poetry in Translation, An Roinn Oideachais, Scarlet Quarterly, The Tablet, and Timeform, 1978-1991.
Box 10 Folder F212
Newspapers, 1981-1991.
Box 11 Folder F213
Scope and Contents

Includes copy of a Russian language newspaper

Scope and Contents

The financial records include a variety of financial information regarding the business of Raven Arts Press. Included are invoices, contracts, year-end statements, account records, sales records, petty cash receipts, ledgers, bank statements and cancelled checks, business correspondence, particularly The Arts Council of Ireland, and a small amount of employee records. Some of the records were originally in loose-leaf binders (such as all of the invoices and many of the sales and expenses records). The order of those binders has been maintained in the folders. Among the sales and expenses/banking material will be found other financial material.

Annual statements, 1982-1991.
Box 11 Folder F214
Contracts, 1985-1989.
Box 11 Folder F215
Scope and Contents

See also F170

Notes and information on contracts, 1981-1989.
Box 11 Folder F216
Scope and Contents

Numbered invoices were originally housed in loose-leaf binders. Among the invoices are notes, letters, and information related to the invoices.

Numbers 1-100, 1986 May 6-Jul 25.
Box 11 Folder F217
Numbers 101-179, 1986 Jul 25-Oct 14.
Box 11 Folder F218
Numbers 180-285, 1986 Oct 14-1987 Jan 16.
Box 11 Folder F219
Numbers 286-355, 1987 Jan 16-Apr 10.
Box 11 Folder F220
Numbers 356-477, 1987 Apr 10-Jun 8.
Box 11 Folder F221
Numbers 478-565, 1987 Jun 10-Sep 30.
Box 11 Folder F222
Numbers 566-650, 1987 Sep 30-Nov 1 .
Box 11 Folder F223
Numbers 651-750, 1987 Nov 1-Dec 3.
Box 11 Folder F224
Numbers 751-780, 1987 Dec 2-15.
Box 11 Folder F225
*Foreign invoices numbers 1-64, 1986 May 6-Sep 24.
Box 11 Folder F226

Housed with the invoices in F225

Numbers 781-850, 1987 Dec 16-1988 Feb 15.
Box 11 Folder F227
Numbers 851-950, 1988 Feb 15-Apr 8.
Box 11 Folder F228
Numbers 951-1050, 1988 Apr 8-May 17.
Box 11 Folder F229
Numbers 1051-1149, 1988 May 18-Jun 23.
Box 11 Folder F230
Numbers 1150-1250, 1988 Jun 23-Jul 27.
Box 11 Folder F231
Numbers 1251-1350, 1988 Jul 27-Sep 30.
Box 12 Folder F232
Numbers 1351-1450, 1988 Oct 3-Nov 23.
Box 12 Folder F233
Numbers 1451-1561, 1988 Nov 23-Dec 23.
Box 12 Folder F234
Numbers 1562-1680, 1989 Jan 31-Feb 17.
Box 12 Folder F235
Numbers 1681-1800, 1989 Feb 28-May 10.
Box 12 Folder F236
Numbers 1801-1895, 1989 May 10-Jul 30.
Box 12 Folder F237
Numbers 1896-1975, 1989 Aug 5-Nov 11.
Box 12 Folder F238
Numbers 1976-2050, 1989 Sep 27-Nov 30.
Box 12 Folder F239
Numbers 2051-2123, 1989 Nov 30-1990 Mar 1.
Box 12 Folder F240
Scope and Contents

Subseries is arranged in rough chronological order since dates of folders overlap

Ledger of accounts, 1986.
Box 12 Folder F241
Scope and Contents

This ledger was kept in a converted diary in which part of May is used to list task to do or work completed.

Ledger sheets, 1988-1989.
Box 12 Folder F242
Account statements, 1986-1988.
Box 12 Folder F243
Sales accounts – computer printouts, 1986-1987.
Box 12 Folder F244
Accounts, 1986-1987.
Box 12 Folder F245
Accounts material, 1987-1988.
Box 12 Folder F246
Accounts and remittance, 1987-1989.
Box 12 Folder F247
Account cards, 1987-1989.
Box 12 Folder F248
Account cards/sales sheets, 1987-1990.
Box 12 Folder F249
Miscellaneous accounts material, 1984-1990.
Box 13 Folder F250
Scope and Contents

Includes ledger, invoices, and credit returns


Arranged in rough chronological order.

[Binder] of sales records, 1978-1984.
Box 13 Folder F251
Financial ledger, 1981.
Box 13 Folder F252
Sales ledgers, 1982-1983 .
Box 13 Folder F253
Purchase invoices, 1982-1984.
Box 13 Folder F254
Irish Bookhandling sales, 1983-1984.
Box 13 Folder F255
[Binder] of sales records, 1983-1985.
Box 13 Folder F256
Box 13 Folder F257
Box 13 Folder F258
[Binder] of sales records, 1987-1988.
Box 13 Folder F259
[Binder] of sales records, 1987-1990.
Box 13 Folder F260
Credits notes and returns, 1987-1988.
Box 13 Folder F261
[Binder] of credit returns, 1989-1990.
Box 13 Folder F262
Eason & Son orders, 1988.
Box 13 Folder F263
Stock inventories, 1984-1985 and [n.d.].
Box 13 Folder F264
Scope and Contents

Includes binders of expenses records, with some banking and sales information also included.

Expenses and sales, 1981-1990.
Box 13 Folder F265
Expenses and sales, 1982-1984.
Box 13 Folder F266
Expenses and sales, 1984-1985.
Box 13 Folder F267
Expenses, 1984-1986.
Box 13 Folder F268
Expenses, 1985-1986.
Box 13 Folder F269
Expenses, 1986-1987.
Box 13 Folder F270
Expenses/banking, 1987-1988.
Box 14 Folder F271
Expenses, 1988.
Box 14 Folder F272
Expenses, 1989-1990.
Box 14 Folder F273
Expenses, 1990.
Box 14 Folder F274
Finglas events ledger, [n.d.].
Box 14 Folder F275
Scope and Contents

Includes ledgers, receipts, and notebooks of vouchers and/or receipts. The notebooks are in a variety of sizes and shapes, with entries and receipts stapled or taped to pages.

Postage and telephone ledger, 1983.
Box 14 Folder F276
Petty cash ledger, 1984.
Box 14 Folder F277
Postage ledger, 1984-1985.
Box 14 Folder F278
Petty cash record, 1986-1987.
Box 14 Folder F279
Petty cash record, 1987-1988.
Box 14 Folder F280
Petty cash record, 1988-1989.
Box 14 Folder F281
Petty cash ledger sheets, 1988-1989.
Box 14 Folder F282
Receipts, 1982-1983.
Box 14 Folder F283
Vouchers, 1984 Apr-Jun.
Box 14 Folder F284
Vouchers, 1984 Apr-Jul.
Box 14 Folder F285
Vouchers, 1984 Jul-Aug.
Box 14 Folder F286
Vouchers, 1984 Aug-Nov.
Box 14 Folder F287
Vouchers, 1984 Nov-Dec.
Box 14 Folder F288
Receipts notebook, 1985 Jan-Mar.
Box 14 Folder F289
Vouchers, 1985 Apr-Jun.
Box 14 Folder F290
Vouchers, 1985 Apr-Jul.
Box 14 Folder F291
Vouchers, 1985 Jun-1986 Jan.
Box 14 Folder F292
Receipts notebook, 1985 Jul-Nov.
Box 14 Folder F293
Vouchers, 1985 Dec-1986 Jan.
Box 14 Folder F294
Vouchers, 1986 Jan-Mar.
Box 15 Folder F295
Receipts notebook, 1986 Feb-Mar.
Box 15 Folder F296
Receipts notebook, 1986 May-1987 Jul.
Box 15 Folder F297
Receipts notebook, 1986 Nov-1988 Feb.
Box 15 Folder F298
Receipts notebook, 1987 Apr-Nov.
Box 15 Folder F299
Receipts notebook, 1988 Mar-Aug.
Box 15 Folder F300
Receipts notebook, 1988 Jul-1989 Oct.
Box 15 Folder F301
Receipts notebook, 1989 Nov-1990 Mar.
Box 15 Folder F302
Receipts, 1990 Apr-1991.
Box 15 Folder F303
Scope and Contents

Includes ledgers, bank statements, cancelled checks, checkbook stubs, lodgement sheets, and correspondence. Most of the information is related to banking with Allied Irish Banks Ltd. Some banking records, such as statements are also found in the binders in Subseries V.5 and V.6.

Bank and cash ledger, 1982-1987.
Box 16 Folder F304
Bank and financial ledger, 1982-1989.
Box 16 Folder F305
Ledger of "cheques paid in,", 1982-1983.
Box 16 Folder F306
Bank lodgement sheets, 1989-1990.
Box 16 Folder F307
Box 16 Folder F308
Box 16 Folder F309
Scope and Contents

Checkbooks with account information

1979-1981 (3).
Box 16 Folder F310
1983-1985 (9).
Box 16 Folder F311
1985-1987 (10).
Box 16 Folder F312
1987 (1).
Box 16 Folder F313
1987-1989 (8).
Box 16 Folder F314
1989-1990 (7).
Box 16 Folder F315
Box 16 Folder F316
Box 16 Folder F317
Box 16 Folder F318
Guarantee for Grapevine Arts Centre, 1983.
Box 16 Folder F319
Scope and Contents

Includes information regarding income tax and the Youth Employment Agency.

Tax records, 1984-1990.
Box 16 Folder F320
Youth Employment Agency records, 1985.
Box 16 Folder F321
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, and records regarding the financial support provided by the Arts Council of Ireland to Raven Arts Press.

Box 16 Folder F322
Box 16 Folder F323
Applications for funding, 1988-1992.
Box 16 Folder F324
Annual reports and a directory, 1979-1988.
Box 16 Folder F325
Scope and Contents

Publications of The Arts Council of Ireland

Print, Suggest