Identity Statement for Roger McHugh

  • Reference code: IE UCDA LA51
  • Title: Papers of Roger McHugh (1908–1987)
  • Dates: 1935–1985
  • Level of description: Fonds
  • Extent: 4 boxes
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Roger McHugh was born on 24 July 1908. He was educated Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Synge Street and University College Dublin. He was appointed a member of staff in the English Department of UCD in 1934 and was appointed a statutory lecturer in 1948. In 1965 he became Professor of English and one year later in 1966 he was appointed the first Professor of Anglo–Irish Literature and Drama. Roger McHugh was a well-respected academic and scholar and wrote numerous articles, books, plays and ballads. His playRossa won the Abbey Theatre Award for an historical play in 1945.

Archival History

This collection was acquired by UCD Archives in two parts. The first was transferred from UCD Special Collections in 1988 and the second from Professor McHugh's widow in 1991.



Scope and Content

Material relating to his lecturing position in UCD, mainly lecture notes and memoranda on the development of Anglo–Irish Studies (1949–1982); drafts of published works including material relating to his book on the correspondence between W.B. Yeats and Margot Ruddock (1935–1936: 1968–1969), articles for journals, book reviews (1935–1983); material relating to his interest in the Irish theatre including a file concerning a protest led by Roger McHugh and a friend at the Abbey Theatre in 1949.


  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English
  • Finding aid: Descriptive catalogue