As part of our shared contribution with NUI Galway to Yeats 2015, the Abbey Theatre Minute Books website features transcriptions of the Abbey’s minute books for the years when W.B. Yeats was active in the theatre’s management. It begins in 1904, when he co-founded the theatre with Lady Augusta Gregory, and concludes in 1939, the year of his death.
The Abbey Theatre minute books contain notes from meetings of the theatre’s Board of Directors. They offer a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the theatre, showing how the Abbey’s managers dealt with a variety of issues, from choosing plays to determining how much to pay their actors.
In total, the Abbey Theatre and NUI Galway are making available seven minute books, comprising over one thousand, transcribed and fully searchable pages. These minute books have never before been publically available and are now being published as part of the Abbey Theatre and NUI Galway Digital Archive Partnership (2012-2015).