University of Galway is digitizing the archive of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland's national theatre, as a result of a partnership between the two organisations to preserve and widen access to a major cultural heritage collection. This is the largest ever theatre archive digitization project worldwide and the digital archive will contain over a million pages when completed.
The archive features papers relating to all four of Ireland's Nobel Prize Winners for Literature: W.B. Yeats, G.B. Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. It also features original material pertaining to such major writers as James Joyce, Eugene O'Neill and Sam Shepard, while also preserving material about the current generation of Irish playwrights, such as Brian Friel, Thomas Kilroy and Marina Carr.
The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive @ University of Galway preserves this legacy for future generations, and allows for much greater access than before. The initial available content includes programmes, scripts, scrap books, log books, prompt scripts, set designs, administrative and production files, with photographs, audio, video, posters and handbills to follow. A wide range of search, browse and filter options enables access to documents on specific topics.