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Irish Papers

 Collection — Container: MS 1881
Call Number: MS 1881

Scope and Contents

This collection covers such subjects as the formation of the Irish Republic, the struggle for independence from Great Britain, the Irish Republican Army, and the anti-partisan movement. It includes correspondence relating to Éamon de Valera and Arthur Griffith. Also included are photographs, copies of the Irish Bulletin, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1919-1960
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/0000


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. In most cases, the Boston Public Library does not hold the copyright to the items in our collections. It is the sole responsibility of the user to make their own determination about what types of usage might be permissible under U.S. and international copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Easter Rising took place in Dublin on April 24-29, 1916 and was the result of anti-British sentiment and demands for Irish home rule. Although the rebellion was unsuccessful, a proclamation was read by Patrick Pearse, one of its leaders, announcing the creation of the Irish republic. The First Dáil, Dáil Éireann, convened on January 21, 1919 and adopted several documents, including a provisional constitution and a Declaration of Independence. The Irish War for Independence also began on that day. It was during the war that an act by the British Parliament in 1920 divided Ireland into two separate territories: Northern and Southern Ireland. The partition made each territory self-governing, but both remained part of the United Kingdom. The War for Independence ended on December 6, 1921 with the Anglo-Irish Treaty which established the Irish Free State, now the Republic of Ireland.


2 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series:

1.  Correspondence

2.  Alphabetical Files

3.  Miscellaneous and Newspaper Clippings

4. Photographs

5. Alphabetical Files -- supplement

Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Figgis Rare Books, Ltd., Dublin in 1979.

Related Materials

MS 1881A - American Irish Pioneers Foundation

MS 1881B - MacSwiney Club (Pittsfield, MA) records

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts staff.

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Irish Papers
Boston Public Library Staff
2015 January
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Revision Statements

  • 2014-12: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, December 2014.

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