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American Irish Pioneers Foundation

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

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 socio-economic 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
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1979


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Biographical or Historical Information

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 purpose of the Foundation was to establish a neighborhood house (settlement house) in Dublin, Ireland, that would focus on improving housing, as well as developing employment opportunities, and promoting industrial development. Other services would include clinics, milk stations, legal aid, public baths, and classes in dressmaking and domestic science. In addition, recreational, educational, and cultural activities such as lectures on Irish history and literature, Gaelic language classes and weekly dances (Gaelic) were also proposed. The house and its services were to be funded by Irish Americans.


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Language of Materials



This collection documents the proposed plan for establishing a settlement house in Dublin as a memorial to the Irish Pioneers who aided in the establishment and building of the United States.

Arrangement Note

Arranged into three sections:

1. Correspondence

2. Reports

3. Miscellaneous

Source of Acquisition

Figgis Rare Books, Ltd., Dublin

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Irish Papers, MS 1881

MacSwieny Club, MS 1881B

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff in 1979.
American Irish Pioneers Foundation
Description rules
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2015-01: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2015.

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