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In July, 1994, Leonard L. Milberg '53 presented the Library with the collection of Lester Conner consisting of about 250 books and pamphlets by Irish poets of the twentieth century. This collection is the basis of an ongoing effort to collect contemporary Irish poets in depth, now amounting to more than 1250 volumes.
See the printed catalogue for the collection, compiled by J. Howard Woolmer. The Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Poetry (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Library, 1998) [(ExB) Z2039.P6 P74 1998]. (Note: The catalogue states that the collection "... has been given to the Princeton University Library in honor of Richard M. Ludwig."
Details about the celebration of the gifting of this collection are in this article published in the Princeton Weekly Bulletin. See also particulars published in the Princeton University Library Chronicle for Spring 1998 [full text].
The collection is regularly growing and catalogue entries for individual items in it can be retrieved in the main catalog by searching "Milberg Irish Poetry Collection" as a phrase using the Keyword index. (To do this: 1. Go to Guided Search. 2. Put "Milberg Irish Poetry Collection" in the first search box. 3. Select "as a phrase" from the pull down menu. 4. In the next pull down menu at right, select "Keyword Anywhere" 5. Then, click the button labeled "Search")
The 60 poets collected as of February 2009:
Beckett, Samuel,1906-1989, Berkeley, Sara, 1967-, Boland, Eavan, 1944-, Carson, Ciaran, 1948-, Clarke, Austin, 1896-1974, Clifton, Harry, 1952-, Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972, Cronin, Anthony, 1928-, Davitt, Michael, 1950-, Dawe, Gerald, 1952-, Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972, Deane, Seamus, 1940-, Dunne, Sean, 1956-, Durcan, Paul, 1944-, Ennis, John, 1944-. Fallon, Peter, 1951-, Fiacc, Padraic, 1924-, Friel, Brian, 1929-, Grennan, Eamon, 1941-, Groarke, Vona, Hartnett, Michael, 1941-, Heaney, Seamus, 1939-, Hewitt, John Harold, 1907-, Hutchinson, Pearse, 1927-, Jenkinson, Biddy, 1949-, Kavanagh, Patrick, 1904-1967, Kennelly, Brendan, 1936-, Kinsella, Thomas, 1928-, Longley, Michael, 1939-, McCarthy, Thomas, 1954-, McGuckian, Medbh, 1950-, MacNeice, Louis, 1907-1963, Mahon, Derek, 1941-, Mathews, Aidan Carl, 1956-, Mhac an tSaoi, Maire, 1922-, Montague, John, 1929-, Morrissey , Sinead, Muldoon, Paul, 1951-, Murphy, Richard, 1927-, Ni Chuilleanain, Eilian, 1942-, Ni Dhomhnaill, Nuala, 1952-, O'Callaghan, Conor, O Direain, Mairtin, 1910-1988, O'Donoghue, Dennis, O'Driscoll, Dennis, 1954-, O'Grady, Desmond, 1935-, O Muirthile, Liam, 1950-, O Riordain, Sean, 1905-1957, Ormsby, Frank, 1947-, O'Reilly, Catriona, O Searcaigh, Cathal, 1956-, Paulin, Tom, 1949-, Plunkett, James, 1920-, Quinn, Justin, Rodgers, W. R., 1909-1969, Simmons, James, 1933-, Sirr, Peter, 1960-, Stephens, James, Sweeney, Matthew, 1952-, Wheatley, David.
The founding collection, that is the Conner collection, has been catalogued for the General Rare Books Collection. The main catalogue guided keyword search for "Milberg Irish Poetry Collection" as a phrase will turn up all books in the overall Milberg Irish poets collection catalogued to date.
For a checklist of the Lester Conner collection, see the Collections File under the heading: Irish Poetry.