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Papers of Alice Milligan

Call Number: MS P542


This is a small collection of the correspondence, writings, and sketches of Alice Milligan, Irish author and nationalist. It includes 5 letters from her to P.S. (Patrick Sarsfield) O'Hegarty, 1879-1955, about selling literary work and letters. There are 2 letters about Celtic theater, one from Edward Martyn, 1859-1923, and another from Thomas O'Brien Butler, 1861-1915. There are also manuscript, typescript and printed copies of some of Alice Milligan's poems and other writings. The sketchbook, dated 1891, contains landscape and portrait sketches by her. Several letters between other correspondents, found with her material, are also present.


  • Creation: approximately 1891-1917


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Alice Milligan

Alice Milligan was born on September 4, 1866 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, to Methodist parents Seaton and Charlotte Milligan. She was a prolific author, writing across several genres including poetry, short stories and novels, plays, journalism, biography, and memoirs. A feminist, Irish nationalist, and Irish cultural revivalist, Milligan founded several organizations throughout the 1890s-1940s, including The Northern Patriot, Shan Van Vocht, and others. After living several years in London, Belfast, and Dublin, she died in Omagh in 1953.


7 folders (7 folders + 1 oversize box, 1 volume) : Ornamentation: Portrait and landscape sketches in sketchbook.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondents with Alice Milligan in the colletion include Thomas O'Brien Butler, 1861-1915; P.S. (Patrick Sarsfield) O’Hegarty, 1879-1955; Edward Martyn, 1859-1923. Other identified correspondents include Edward Dowden, 1843-1913; William Kirkpatrick Magee, 1868-1961, (pseudonym: John Eglinton); Una O'Connor, 1880-1959.


The collection is arranged by size and format. At MS K25 is the one volume in the collection, Milligan's sketchbook; the other materials are at MS P542 and MS Q34:

MS P542: Correspondence and poems (small format)

Letters by Alice Milligan
Letters to Alice Milligan
Letters between other correspondents
Manuscript and typescript poems by Alice Milligan
Printed poems by Alice Milligan MS Q34. Poems and prose by Alice Milligan

MS Q34: oversize items

Group of typescript poems on similar paper.
Group of typescript poems on similar paper.
Group of typescript poems on similar paper.
Group of typescript poems on similar paper.
Backing sheet used when typing poems.
Corrected proofs of novel, The Dynamite Drummer.
Clipping of printed poem.
Issues of The Irish Homestead (including Alice Milligan's poems).
Issues of The Irish World and Industrial Advocate (including Alice Milligan's poems).

Physical Location

MS P542

Physical Location

MS Q34

Physical Location

MS K25

Custodial History

These Alice Milligan papers were found scattered throughout the P.S. O'Hegarty acquisition and were probably acquired at various times. An envelope marked “Alice Milligan. Varia” contained 7 letters and 5 poems. Other poems were in a spring binder. There is also a sketchbook attributed to Alice Milligan by an annotation on the first page.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Patrick Sarsfield O’Hegarty acquisition

Related Materials

Letter by W.B. Yeats sent Wednesday [1897] from Coole Park, Cork, County Galway to "Miss Milligan" about plans with Edward Martyn, Lady Gregory of Coole Park to produce Celtic plays in Dublin. Spencer Library (Special Collections), Yeats Family Correspondence, call number: MS 25.Wa:7.

Processing Information

Poems formerly in a spring binder at MS G47 have been divided according to size and removed to MS P542 (smaller format) and MS Q34 (larger format).

Guide to the Alice Milligan Collection
Papers of Alice Milligan
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1981, 1998; revised by ksc, 2006; revised by cl, 2010. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006; revised by cl, 2010.
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Papers of Alice Milligan, Department of Special Collections, MS P542, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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