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The Dolmen Press was founded by Liam and Josephine Miller in 1951. The Press operated in Dublin from 1951 until Liam Miller's death in 1987. The printing division was opened in the late 1950s as an additional revenue source, and was eventually shut down in 1979.

This series consists of correspondence, typescripts, proofs, art, galleys, reviews, paste-ups, dust jackets, samples and other information relating to the printing division of the Dolmen Press and the free-lance design work of Liam Miller.

Biographical and Historical Note

The Dolmen Press was founded by Liam and Josephine Miller in 1951. The Press operated in Dublin from 1951 until Liam Miller's death in 1987. Founded to provide a publishing outlet for Irish poetry, the Press also heavily featured the work of Irish artists. The scope of the press grew to include prose literature by Irish authors as well as a broad range of critical works about Irish literature and theater. The printing division was opened in the late 1950s as an additional revenue source, and was eventually shut down in 1979. The division took printing jobs from publishers as well as theaters, art galleries, businesses and individuals. In addition to publishing, Liam Miller was also a book designer. Liam Miller's major design projects stemmed from the post-Vatican II changes to the Catholic Church missals, mass books, etc. Occasionally, jobs for the printing division were also works that Liam designed.

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Collection Overview

This series consists of correspondence, typescripts, proofs, art, galleys, reviews, paste-ups, dust jackets, samples and other information relating to the printing division of the Dolmen Press and the free-lance design work of Liam Miller. The documents range in date from 1955 to 1987, with the bulk of the documents dating from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s. All materials in this series dated after the 1979 closing of the printing division are solely the design work of Liam Miller. Major publishers and businesses featured in this series include Abbey Theatre,  Columba Press,  Brian Coyle,  Dawson Gallery,  T.P. Donnelly,  Douglas Hyde Gallery,  W.A. Dwiggins,  Thomas Flanagan,  Four Masters Press,  Seamus Heaney,  Irish Georgian Society,  Irish Times Ltd.,  Kingdom Books,  Lilliput Press,  Liturgical Books,  Wolf Mankowitz,  Merrill Moore,  National Gallery of Ireland,  Brendan O'Reilly,  Pilgrim Press,  Anthony Porter,  Talbot Press,  Thoor Ballylee,  Veritas Press,  Ward River Press,  William Morris Society,  Wolfhound Press, and The  Yeats Association.

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Collection Inventory

  • Abbey Theatre , (1968-1971)
    • Program / Box 78 Folder 3
  • Airlie Stud , (1977)
    • Various / Box 78 Folder 4
  • Alex Tarbet Limited , (1977-1978)
    • Various catalogs and prospectuses / Box 78 Folder 5
  • Arlen House Publishers , (1980-1981)
    • Boland, Eavan -  In Her Own Image / Box 78 Folder 6
  • Assisi Press , (1957)
    • McClean, Lucius - Father Luke Wadding, Irishman and Franciscan / Box 78 Folder 7
  • Atlantis Magazine, (1971-1973)
    • Atlantis
      • Printing notes, galleys / Box 78 Folder 8
      • Proofs / Box 78 Folder 9
      • Proofs, publications / Box 78 Folder 10
  • Book House Ireland, (1983)
    • Stationery / Box 78 Folder 11
  • Brown Thomas Gallery, (1970)
    • Various / Box 78 Folder 12
  • Building Centre Dublin , (1962)
    • Forgnan / Box 78 Folder 13
  • Cadenus Press , (1978)
    • Mahony, Robert - Different Styles of Poetry / Box 78 Folder 14
  • Celtic Art, Toronto , (1986)
    • O'Driscoll, Robert and Reynolds, Lorna - Untold Story, the Irish in Canada / Box 78 Folder 15
  • Claddagh Records , (1966-1976)
    • Various / Box 78 Folder 16
  • Clo Cors Fharrarge , (1979)
    • An Aifreann / Box 78 Folder 17
  • Columba Press , (1984-1985)
    • Corrrespondence, stationery / Box 78 Folder 18
    • Swords, Liam - And We Shall Be Changed / Box 78 Folder 19
    • Flannery, Austin - Freedom to Hope? / Box 78 Folder 20
    • Irish Church Today / Box 78 Folder 21
    • McArdle, Jack - It's Really Very Simple / Box 78 Folder 22
    • Large print prayer books / Box 78 Folder 23
    • Earley, Ciaran - Alive, Alive Oh! / Box 78 Folder 24
    • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults / Box 78 Folder 25
    • State of Affairs / Box 78 Folder 26
    • Macreamoinn, Sean - When Does the Celebrating Start? / Box 78 Folder 27
  • Con Levanthal Scholarship Committee , (1984)
    • O'Brien, Eoin - A.J. Levanthal, 1896-1979 / Box 78 Folder 28
  • Costello Publishing Company , (undated)
    • Liturgical Calendar / Box 78 Folder 29
  • Coyle, Brian , (1982)
    • Artists for Amnesty
      • Correspondence, typescript, mock-up, printing notes / Box 78 Folder 30
      • Dummy, proofs / Box 78 Folder 31
  • Crown Publishers , (undated)
    • Ireland's Living Voices / Box 78 Folder 32
  • Cumann Luth Gael Chleas , (1984)
    • Brochure / Box 78 Folder 33
  • Dave, Gerald , (1985)
    • Krino / Box 78 Folder 34
  • David Feldman Ltd. , (1968)
    • Price List of Items in "The Handbook of Philately" / Box 78 Folder 35
  • David Hendriks Gallery , (1972-1977)
    • Various / Box 79 Folder 1
  • Dawson Gallery , (1973-1978)
    • Various / Box 79 Folder 2
  • Donnelly, T.P. , (1978)
    • Addstraw and Castlederg History / Box 79 Folder 3
  • Douglas Hyde Gallery , (1985-1986)
    • Lambert, Gene - Work From a Dark Room
      • Correspondence, mock-up, printing notes / Box 79 Folder 4
      • Art, proofs / Box 79 Folder 5
  • Dromoland Castle , (1979-1985)
    • Booklet / Box 79 Folder 6
  • Dublin Dicesan Pilgrimage , (1980)
    • Lourdes: Pilgrim's Handbook / Box 79 Folder 7
  • Dublin Gate Theatre , (1978)
    • Stationery / Box 79 Folder 8
  • Dublin Society for Renaissance Music , (1953)
    • Program / Box 79 Folder 9
  • Dublin Theatre Group , (1952)
    • Program / Box 79 Folder 10
  • Dublin Tourism , (undated)
    • Certificate / Box 79 Folder 11
  • Dun Laoghaire Technical Institute , (1961-1962)
    • Various / Box 79 Folder 12
  • Dwiggins, W.A. , (1978)
    • Stationery / Box 79 Folder 13
  • E.J. Dwyer  ((1977))
    • Catalogue / Box 79 Folder 14
  • English Language Institute  ((1978))
    • Certificates / Box 79 Folder 15
  • Five Lamps Press  ((1975-1979))
    • Marquis de Goulaine: a Family, a River, a Region, and its Wines / Box 79 Folder 16
  • Flanagan, Thomas, 1923-  ((undated-))
    • Year of the French / Box 79 Folder 17
  • Four Courts Press  ((1978-1979))
    • Escrivá de Balaguer, José María, Saint, 1902-1975 -  Holy Rosary / Box 79 Folder 18
  • Four Masters  ((1975))
    • Molloy, John - Alive, Alive Oh! / Box 79 Folder 19
    • Behan, Brendan Borstal Boy
    • O'Brien, Nora Connolly - James Connolly : Portait of a Rebel Father
  • Gael-Linn  ((1979))
    • Aifreann ui Riada 2 / Box 79 Folder 22
    • O'Driscoll, Treasa - Farewell But Whenever / Box 79 Folder 23
    • Harp Festival Brochures / Box 79 Folder 24
  • Gresham Hotel (Dublin, Ireland)  ((1970))
    • Crest / Box 79 Folder 25
  • Heaney, Seamus  ((1974-1975))
    • Ugolino / Box 79 Folder 26
  • Heaton Family  ((1960))
    • Invitation / Box 79 Folder 27
  • I.B. Jorgensen  ((1974-1979))
    • Various / Box 79 Folder 28
  • Institute of Public Administration (Ireland)  ((1980-1986))
    • Roche, Desmond - Local Government in Ireland / Box 79 Folder 29
    • Maher, D.J. - Tortuous Path / Box 79 Folder 30
  • International Freedom Institute  ((1977-1985))
    • Broadside / Box 79 Folder 31
  • Irish Association  ((1972))
    • Stationery / Box 79 Folder 32
  • Irish Central Library for Students  ((1978))
    • Labels / Box 79 Folder 33
  • Irish Chess Club  ((1964))
    • Irish Chess Club Centenary Book / Box 79 Folder 34
  • Irish Folklore Council  ((1974-1980))
    • Bealoideas / Box 79 Folder 35
  • Irish Georgian Society  ((1958-1964))
    • Various / Box 79 Folder 36
    • Journal / Box 79 Folder 37
  • Irish P.E.N.  ((1971-1973))
    • Conference Proceedings
      • Correspondence, conference materials / Box 80 Folder 1
      • Proofs / Box 80 Folder 2
  • Irish Times, Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland)  ((1984-1985))
    • Book of the Twentieth Century
      • Correspondence, dust jacket, printing notes / Box 80 Folder 3
      • Mock-up, publication / Box 80 Folder 4
    • Modern Irish Stories from the Irish Times / Box 80 Folder 5
  • Kingdom Books  ((1985-1986))
    • Crucified / Box 80 Folder 6
    • Gaughan, J. Anthony - Knights of Glin / Box 80 Folder 7
    • Political Odyssey / Box 80 Folder 8
    • Thomas Johnson / Box 80 Folder 9
  • Lamb, Katharine  ((1970-))
    • Marianella / Box 80 Folder 10
  • Let's Celebrate!  ((undated))
    • Proofs, music / Box 80 Folder 11
  • Lilliput Press  ((1986))
    • Logo / Box 80 Folder 12
  • Liturgical Books  ((1974-1983))
    • Correspondence, unidentified proof / Box 80 Folder 13
    • Book for the Chair / Box 80 Folder 14
    • Holy Week Booklet / Box 80 Folder 15
    • Lectionary (Veritas Missal)
      • Correspondence, Printing notes / Box 80 Folder 16
      • Galleys / Box 80 Folder 17
      • Proofs / Box 80 Folder 18
      • Proofs / Box 80 Folder 19
      • Proofs / Box 80 Folder 20
    • Missal symbols / Box 80 Folder 21
    • Rite of Annointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick / Box 80 Folder 22
    • Roman Missal
      • Correspondence, 1972-June, 1974 / Box 80 Folder 23
      • Correspondence, August-September 1974 / Box 81 Folder 1
      • Correspondence, October 1974-1976 / Box 81 Folder 2
      • Printing notes / Box 81 Folder 3
      • Art, mock-ups / Box 81 Folder 4
      • Mock-ups / Box 81 Folder 5
      • Proofs / Box 81 Folder 6
      • Proofs / Box 81 Folder 7
      • Proofs / Box 81 Folder 8
      • Proofs / Box 81 Folder 9
      • Proofs / Box 81 Folder 10
      • Proofs / Box 81 Folder 11
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 1
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 2
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 3
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 4
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 5
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 6
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 7
      • Proofs / Box 82 Folder 8
    • Roman Missal: U.S. Sacramentary / Box 82 Folder 9
    • Season of Christmas / Box 82 Folder 10
    • Veritas Mass Books / Box 82 Folder 11
    • Veritas Missal
      • Correspondence, printing notes / Box 82 Folder 12
      • Mock-ups / Box 83 Folder 1
      • Music proofs / Box 83 Folder 2
      • Proofs / Box 83 Folder 3
      • Proofs / Box 83 Folder 4
      • Proofs / Box 83 Folder 5
  • Liturgy Centre ((1974-1975))
    • Various / Box 83 Folder 6
  • Magee, Brian ((1985))
    • Readings for Your Wedding / Box 83 Folder 7
  • Makem, Tommy ((1970))
    • Record Sleeve / Box 83 Folder 8
  • Mankowitz, Wolf ((1971-1979))
    • Ahakista Fables / Box 83 Folder 9
    • Samson Riddle / Box 83 Folder 10
  • McGarry, Jim ((1979))
    • Postcards / Box 83 Folder 11
  • McMahon, Frank ((1971-1975))
    • Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy / Box 83 Folder 12
  • Minch, Norton and Company ((1978))
    • Stationery / Box 83 Folder 13
  • Moore, Merrill, 1903-1957 ((1957))
    • Ego / Box 83 Folder 14
  • Moreau, Tony ((1986))
    • Mass Cards / Box 83 Folder 15
  • Mountrath River Bank Committee ((1974))
    • Riverside Variety Show Program / Box 83 Folder 16
  • National Gallery of Ireland ((1968-1976))
    • Various / Box 83 Folder 17
    • Irish Watercolours, 1675-1925 / Box 83 Folder 18
  • National Industrial Economic Council ((1968-1976))
    • Stationery / Box 83 Folder 19
  • Nationalist ((1983-1984))
    • Designs / Box 83 Folder 20
  • O'Donnell, Roger J. ((1960))
    • Catalogue / Box 83 Folder 21
  • O'Reilly, Brendan ((1951))
    • Stationery / Box 83 Folder 22
  • Outlook Magazine ((1980-1981))
    • Logo / Box 83 Folder 23
  • Patterson, James E.W. ((1957-1962))
    • Echoes from Ireland / Box 83 Folder 24
    • Nil Desperandum / Box 83 Folder 25
  • Paulist American Ordo ((1976-1978))
    • Order of Prayer / Box 83 Folder 26
  • Penguin Books Ltd. ((1971-1973))
    • Book designs / Box 84 Folder 1
  • Philatelic Section, Dept. of Posts ((1976-1983))
    • Postage Stamps of Ireland, 1922-1982
      • Correspondence, printing notes / Box 84 Folder 2
      • Printing notes / Box 84 Folder 3
      • Mock-ups, proofs / Box 84 Folder 4
      • Paste-up, proofs / Box 84 Folder 5
  • Pilgrim Press ((1985-))
    • Seeing is Believing / Box 84 Folder 6
  • Porter, Anthony ((1986))
    • Manuscript Treasures / Box 84 Folder 7
  • Rainbow Publications ((1984-1986))
    • O'Connor, Laurence,  Lost Ireland
      • Correspondence, art, mock-up, printing notes / Box 84 Folder 8
      • Proofs / Box 84 Folder 9
    • Nineteen Fourteen / Box 84 Folder 10
  • Rights of Man Foundation ((1980))
    • Stationery / Box 84 Folder 11
  • Ritchie Hendriks Gallery ((1960))
    • Various / Box 84 Folder 12
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ((1967-1968))
    • Various / Box 84 Folder 13
  • Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts ((1962-1970))
    • Exhibition Catalogs / Box 84 Folder 14
  • Ryan, John and Stafford, John ((1984))
    • Seven / Box 84 Folder 15
  • Sáirséal-Ó-Marcaigh ((1985))
    • Ó Cadhain, Máirtín, Cré na cille / Box 84 Folder 16
  • Setanta Gallery, Dublin ((1974-1978))
    • Various / Box 84 Folder 17
  • Smith, S. ((undated))
    • Irish Blessing / Box 84 Folder 18
  • St. Fintan's Mountrath ((1985))
    • Crest / Box 84 Folder 19
  • St. Vincent de Paul Shop ((undated))
    • Various / Box 84 Folder 20
  • Storm Publishers ((1955-1958))
    • Gode, Alexander, 1906-1970, Dece Contos / Box 84 Folder 21
    • Homo Sonetticus Moorensis
      • Correspondence, typescripts / Box 84 Folder 22
      • Proofs / Box 84 Folder 23
  • Taibhdhearc na gaillimhe ((1978))
    • Various / Box 84 Folder 24
  • Talbot Press ((1974-1977))
    • Altar Book for the Holy Year / Box 84 Folder 25
    • Divine Office
      • Correspondence / Box 85 Folder 1
      • Printing notes, proofs / Box 85 Folder 2
      • Proofs / Box 85 Folder 3
    • Jesus Christ, Our Lord / Box 85 Folder 4
    • Mass for the Holy Year / Box 85 Folder 5
    • Prayer Book for the Holy Year
      • Correspondence, printing notes / Box 85 Folder 6
      • Guide sheets, paste-up / Box 85 Folder 7
      • Proofs / Box 85 Folder 8
      • Proofs / Box 85 Folder 9
      • Proofs / Box 85 Folder 10
    • Rome Guide / Box 85 Folder 11
    • Veritas Missal / Box 85 Folder 12
    • Veritas Missal: Supplement for Ireland / Box 85 Folder 13
    • Word in Season / Box 85 Folder 14
  • Theatre Ireland ((1982))
    • Order Sheet / Box 85 Folder 15
  • Thoor Ballylee ((1975-1976))
    • Post cards / Box 85 Folder 16
  • Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) ((undated))
    • Bookplates / Box 85 Folder 17
  • Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), College Singers ((1954))
    • Program / Box 85 Folder 18
  • Veritas Publications ((1975-1986))
    • General correspondence / Box 86 Folder 1
    • Amen Alleleuia / Box 86 Folder 2
    • An Cointeartu / Box 86 Folder 3
    • Pye, Patrick Apples and Angels / Box 86 Folder 4
    • Lennon, James Book of Family Prayer / Box 86 Folder 5
    • Philbin, William J. Bright Invisible / Box 86 Folder 6
    • Neary, Donal Calm Beneath the Storm / Box 86 Folder 7
    • Celebration of Marriage / Box 86 Folder 8
    • Christian Journey / Box 86 Folder 9
    • Directory of Adult Religious Education / Box 86 Folder 10
    • Eucharistic Prayer / Box 86 Folder 11
    • Evangelium / Box 86 Folder 12
    • Family Resources / Box 86 Folder 13
    • Getting Your Bible Group Off the Ground / Box 86 Folder 14
    • Good News About Death / Box 86 Folder 15
    • Irish Catholic Directory / Box 86 Folder 16
    • Iseaia / Box 86 Folder 17
    • Jesus is Lord / Box 86 Folder 18
    • Journey of Faith / Box 86 Folder 19
    • Letters to a Young Priest / Box 86 Folder 20
    • Liturgical Calendar for Ireland / Box 86 Folder 21
    • Liturgy of Holy Week / Box 86 Folder 22
    • Love and Life / Box 86 Folder 23
    • Marriage Booklet / Box 86 Folder 24
    • Rooney, Lucy; Faricy, Robert L., 1926- Mary, Queen of Peace / Box 86 Folder 25
    • Bodley, Seóirse Mass of Glory / Box 86 Folder 26
    • Masses with Children / Box 86 Folder 27
    • Mount Oliver Review / Box 86 Folder 27
    • New Testament Message / Box 86 Folder 29
    • Newman and Gladstone / Box 86 Folder 30
    • Novenas / Box 86 Folder 31
    • Padre Pio / Box 86 Folder 32
    • Various Papal visit (1978) publications
      • Correspondence, art, printing notes, clippings / Box 86 Folder 33
      • Mock-up, guide sheets / Box 86 Folder 34
      • Proofs / Box 86 Folder 35
    • Parish Newsletter / Box 86 Folder 36
    • Pastoral Care of the Sick / Box 86 Folder 37
    • Prayer Book for the People of God / Box 86 Folder 38
    • Raw Bar / Box 86 Folder 39
    • Reality of Jesus / Box 86 Folder 40
    • Rediscovering the Rosary / Box 86 Folder 41
    • Regional Marriage Tribunal booklets and forms / Box 86 Folder 42
    • Rite of Confirmation / Box 87 Folder 1
    • Rite of Marriage / Box 87 Folder 2
    • Rite of Penance / Box 87 Folder 3
    • Sacraments, a Pastoral Directory / Box 87 Folder 4
    • Saint Therese / Box 87 Folder 5
    • Saint Lorcan O Tuathail / Box 87 Folder 6
    • Veritas Hymnal / Box 87 Folder 7
    • Veritas Parish Mass Book / Box 87 Folder 8
    • Veritas Publications 1981 / Box 87 Folder 9
    • Way / Box 87 Folder 10
    • Wedding of Your Own / Box 87 Folder 11
  • Wallis' Bakery ((1982-1983))
    • Various / Box 87 Folder 11
  • Ward River Press ((1982-1985))
    • General correspondence / Box 87 Folder 13
    • Hickey, Kieran, 1936- and Hickey, Des, Faithful Departed / Box 87 Folder 14
    • O'Sullivan, T.F., Goodly Barrow / Box 87 Folder 15
    • Irish House / Box 87 Folder 16
    • Louis Le Brocquy / Box 87 Folder 17
    • Portrait of Irish Medicine / Box 87 Folder 18
    • Reconstructions / Box 87 Folder 19
    • Robert Ballagh / Box 87 Folder 20
    • Samuel Beckett / Box 87 Folder 21
  • Wexford Festival ((1956))
    • Program / Box 87 Folder 22
  • William Morris Society ((1960))
    • Handlist of the Public Addresses of Wm. Morris / Box 87 Folder 23
  • Wolfhound Press ((1985))
    • McCrum, Seán and Lambert, Gordon, Living With Art: David Hendriks / Box 87 Folder 24
    • White, James, 1913- and Bewick, Pauline, Pauline Bewick: a Painting Life / Box 87 Folder 25
  • Workshop Press ((1971-))
    • Mankowitz, Wolf, XII Poems
      • Correspondence, printing notes / Box 87 Folder 26
      • Proofs / Box 87 Folder 27
  • Yeats Association ((1970-))
    • Stationery / Box 87 Folder 28
  • Samples ((1956-1978))
    • Sample book / Box 87 Folder 29
    • Sample book / Box 88 Folder 1
    • Samples book / Box 88 Folder 2
    • Sample book / Box 88 Folder 3
    • Bookplates / Box 88 Folder 4
    • Christmas cards / Box 88 Folder 5
    • Commercial advertisement and signs / Box 88 Folder 6
    • Exhibition catalogs / Box 88 Folder 7
    • Invitations / Box 88 Folder 8
    • Programs / Box 88 Folder 9
    • Stationery / Box 88 Folder 10
    • Tickets / Box 88 Folder 11
    • Wedding invitations and programs / Box 88 Folder 12
    • Miscellaneous / Box 88 Folder 13
    • Miscellaneous / Box 88 Folder 14
  • Unidentified Religious Texts ((1975-1979))
    • Proofs / Box 88 Folder 15
    • Proofs / Box 88 Folder 16
  • Miscellaneous ((1954-1984))
    • Proofs, samples, notes / Box 88 Folder 17

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Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Dolmen Press
Title
Dolmen Press Collection, Design and Printing Series,
ID
MS1002
Date [inclusive]
1945 - 1987
Extent
16.5 linear feet 8 Banker's Boxes
General Physical Description note
16.5 11 

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Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2004
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Josephine Miller, September 1987. 
Processing Information
Processed by Jennifer O'Brien Roper, September, 2004. Encoded by Jennifer O'Brien Roper, November, 2004. 
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], MS 1002, Dolmen Press Collection, Design and Printing Series, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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