Scope and arrangement
The collection contains material relating to individuals and organizations involved in Irish and Irish-American politics and is arranged alphabetically. The earliest papers in the collection are from the mid-19th century and are those of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, one of the leaders of the Fenian movement in Ireland and America. The papers of Roger Casement document his work during World War I in the United States and Germany to solicit support for an Irish voluntary force. The material from the Friends of Irish Freedom, the Joint Committee on the Immigration Act of 1924, William J. Maloney, Patrick McCartan, Joseph McGarrity, the Collected Correspondence, and the Printed Material cover roughly twenty years of the work of these men in the United States and Ireland to achieve an independent Ireland, mainly through politics. The letters of David James O'Donoghue, while not as political as the rest of the collection, contain material on the history of Ireland.
D. George Boyce, "Casement, Roger David (1864-1916)", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (Oxford: OUP, 2004); online ed., ed. Lawrence Goldman, January 2008, http: //www. oxforddnb. com/view/article/32320 (accessed July, 2008).
Casement, Roger. The crime against Europe. Dublin: C. J. Fallon Limited, 1958.
Connolly, S. J., ed. The Oxford companion to Irish history. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Cronin, Sean. The McGarrity papers. Tralee, Ireland: Anvil Books, 1972.
Doorley, Michael. Irish-American diaspora nationalism. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005.
Dudgeon, Jeffrey. Roger Casement: the black diaries. Belfast: Belfast Press, 2002.
Foster, R. F., ed. The Oxford history of Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
McCartan, Patrick. With De Valera in America. New York: Brentano, 1932.
Mitchell, Angus. Casement. London: Haus Publishing Limited, 2003.
National Library of Ireland. The 1916 rising: personalities and perspectives. 2006. http: //www. nli. ie/1916/ (accessed July, 2008).
The Maloney collection of Irish historical papers are arranged in eleven series:
- 1882-1883, 1898-1900, 1904-1965, undated3 boxes
The Roger Casement papers contain correspondence, articles by and about Casement, poems, diary extracts, photographs, and other materials regarding his work in American and Germany to gain support for the Irish Volunteers. Some of the materials are copies of original documents in the National Library of Ireland.
This series contains correspondence regarding the Irish bond issue and membership issues of the Friends of Irish Freedom. The majority of the correspondence is regarding donations to the bond drive instituted by Eamonn De Valera in 1919. The first half of the correspondence contains letters between Diarmuid Lynch, National Secretary of the Friends, and Frank P. Walsh, Chairman of the American Commission on Irish Independence, who had been appointed by De Valera to raise funds for the bond drive. The second half of the series contains mostly correspondence between Lynch and members of the Friends who had not received their bonds; Lynch forwarded these letters on to the Commission.
- 1924-1929, 1940, undated.5 box
American Irish Historical Society, the Friends of Irish Freedom, the Clan-na-Gael, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and other organizations. Their aim was to have the Act repealed, their objection being the National Origins Quota. The Quota limited the number of immigrants from a given country allowed into the United States to 2% of the population of that group already in the country. The 1890 census was used to establish population numbers. The Committee felt that the Irish population numbers were wrong and that more Irish immigrants should be allowed into the United States. The Act was revised by Congress in 1952.
This series contains correspondence, articles, statistics, and invoices from the various organizations that constituted the Joint Committee on the Immigration Act of 1924.
- 1913-1929, 1932-1947, undated.5 box
The William J. Maloney series contains correspondence, articles, bond certificates, ephemera, photographs, and other material relating to Irish politics and other topics. The correspondence consists mainly of letters written to and from Maloney regarding his book, The Forged Casement Diaries, and relating to his work in the United States for the independence of Ireland. The articles include items written by Maloney and others on the struggle for Irish independence.
- 1914-1929, 1932-1949, undated0.75 box
This series contains correspondence between Patrick McCartan and others, a report on his trip to Russia in 1920-1921, and notes and clippings.
- 1898-1937, undated1.5 boxes
This series contains correspondence between Joseph McGarrity and other members of the struggle for Irish independence, articles written by McGarrity and others, a petition for McGarrity to run for election, and other material.
- 1888-1905, undated2 folders
This series contains letters sent to David James O'Donoghue praising his work, inviting him to lecture, and requesting he edit writings of others. Included are letters from Douglas Hyde, Standish O'Grady, George William Russell, and Timothy Daniel Sullivan.
- 1857-1872, 1875-1877, 1894-1895, 1903, undated0.6 box
- 1858-1859, 1883, 1887, 1892-1896, 1912-1927, 1933, undated0.3 box
This series contains correspondence collected by Alice Delehanty, William J. Maloney, James McGurrin, and Jeremiah A. O'Leary that was not part of any of the previous series. All of the letters relate to the work of organizations and people in the United States and Ireland for an Irish republic. Prominent people in this series include Daniel F. Cohalan, Eamonn De Valera, John Devoy, Thomas St. John Gaffney, Constance Markiewicz, George William Russell, and Frank Walsh.
- 1872, 1878, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1907-1909, 1914-1927, undated1.5 boxes, 4 volumes
This series contains periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, press releases, manuscripts, and other printed material related to Irish independence collected by Alice Delehanty, William J. Maloney, James McGurrin, and Jeremiah A. O'Leary. Included are items from Ireland, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Italy. Titles include the constitution of the Clan-na-Gael adopted in 1926, the Daily Bulletin of the Irish Republican Army during the Irish Civil War, the Irish Bulletin, which was the official organ of the Irish forces in the Anglo-Irish War, a typescript of Going Native, a novel by Oliver St. John Gogarty, and press releases relating to the assassination of Thomas McCurtain, the Lord Mayor of Cork in 1920.
- 1908, 1914-1916, 1919-1921, 19331 folder, 1 film reel
This series contains ephemera, invoices, unidentified notes, and a silent film of George William Russell visiting a horse farm during his second tour of the United States in 1933.