Tributes are already to be found everywhere on the web to the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, for many the greatest poet in English of his generation. He died today.
For many years it seemed that Heaney’s literary manuscripts, on account of their high monetary value, would be found mostly in North American libraries, and especially at Emory University. Some British and Irish libraries and archives held small groups of literary papers, especially the University of Liverpool (see the Location Register entries under Heaney). But for literary researchers, until two years ago, the story was Heaney = Emory.
Then in December 2011 Heaney and his son walked into the National Library of Ireland and donated his personal collection of literary drafts, from all stages of his career. Heaney said that he knew that the collection was worth a fortune, but he wanted it to stay in Dublin.
The story of the NLI collection is here: http://www.nli.ie/blog/index.php/2013/04/18/the-seamus-heaney-literary-papers.
The catalogue of the Emory papers is here: http://findingaids.library.emory.edu/documents/heaney960.