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American Irish Pioneers Foundation records

 Collection — Container: MS 1881 A
Call Number: MS 1881A

Scope and Contents

The letters in this collection, written by clergymen, citizens, and officials, are addressed to Mary Cavanagh, a representative of the Committee of Catholic Irish-Americans, who was sent to Dublin in 1929 to learn about the socioeconomic conditions in the city and to report on the prospects of establishing a neighborhood house there. The letters describe the need for social services and the project's approval.


  • 1928-1933


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American Irish Pioneers Foundation

Incorporated in 1931, the American Irish Pioneers Foundation was established by a group of Irish Americans to honor the memory of the men and women of Ireland who, from the earliest days of America, played a vital part in its history. The foundation sought to establish and fund a neighborhood house (settlement house) in Dublin, Ireland, focused on improving housing as well as developing employment opportunities and promoting industrial development. Other proposed services included clinics, milk stations, legal aid, public baths, and classes in dressmaking and domestic science. Recreational, educational, and cultural activities, such as lectures on Irish history and literature, Gaelic language classes, and weekly dances (Gaelic) were also proposed. During the early planning stages prior to incorporation, the organization was referred to as the Irish-American Pioneers' Memorial.


9 Folders

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The records is organized in three series: Series I. Correspondence, Series II. Reports, and Series III. Miscellanea

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Figgis Rare Book Store, Ltd. Dublin, 1979.

Related Materials

Related collections in this library: Boston Public Library Collection on Irish Independence Efforts, MS 1881 and the MacSwiney Club (Pittsfield, Mass.) Records, MS 1881B.

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Former Title

Collection formerly known as American Irish Pioneers Foundation.

Guide to the American Irish Pioneers Foundation Records
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  • 2015-01: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds.
  • 2022-11-16: To comply with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) Version 2019.0.3, Crystal Rodgers, Archivist, adjusted the following field(s): title, extent number, extent type, EAD ID, finding aid filing title, finding aid date, finding aid author, biographical/historical note, immediate source of acquisition note, arrangement note, processing information note, preferred citation, curatorial department, revision date, revision description, and related materials.

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