Scope and arrangement
The Joseph Cyrillus Walsh papers are arranged in two series:
The Letters series consists mainly of letters received by Walsh in the period 1913-1947 from persons of Irish heritage relating to Irish-American and Irish- Canadian affairs, and on miscellaneous subjects. These letters are arranged alphabetically. The inventory lists the member of letters present for each file and its date range. Included are letters from such notables as Robert Brennan, Padriac Colum, Eamon De Valera, Lady Gregory, Shane Leslie, Sean Thomas O'Kelly, and John Edward Redmond. Letters in the early period (1916-17) are addressed to Walsh as editor of the weekly Ireland. A few letters to Shane Leslie who was associate editor are filed in the Leslie file. A few of the letters are addressed to Walsh as an official of American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic.
The largest files are Robert Brennan, 60 items; Shane Leslie, 49 items; Charles Murphy, 38 items; and Michael O'Flannagan, 88 items. Most of the other files contain only a few items of correspondence. Walsh's correspondence with Father O'Flannagan, a Catholic priest, is genealogical, and relates to the latter's searches in Ireland for a legal heir to the estate of Mrs. Ida E. Wood of New York, The Brennan file contains letters on Irish affairs while Brennan was chief of the Irish Legation in Washington, D. C. The Shane Leslie file contains letters to Walsh reflecting their editorial collaboration on Ireland, and Leslie's views on political events in Ireland such as the Easter Rebellion, conscription and the Home Rule controversy. The letters by Charles Murphy a Member of the Canadian Parliament, relate to Irish-Canadian affairs. The four letters by John Edward Redmond contain his view on the establishment of the weekly Ireland. Present in the Millie Figgis file is a letter to Walsh co-signed by the Irish patriot Maud Gonne MacBride as honorary treasurer of the Dublin Relief Committee.
The Miscellaneous Papers series include Walsh's reminiscences of the Irish revolutionary movement from 1914 when he went to London to report on Irish Home Rule. This Manuscript is written in ink in a fine legible hand in a 1931 desk diary. Recorded are Walsh's impressions of the principal figures of the Irish revolutionary movement in the late 'teens and 1920s including Daniel Boyle, Eamon De Valera, Sean Nunan, and James O'Mara, and also his editorial collaborator, Shane Leslie. The Paris Peace Conference is covered with considerable detail as well as the Chicago Convention of the Republican Party in 1920 and the Irish Republican Bond campaigns in Illinois and in Wisconsin.