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MacSwiney Club records

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

Scope and Contents

The records spans the years 1921-1924 and documents the foundation of the MacSwiney Club located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in order to support the Irish Republican Army. Also documented is the club's fundraising efforts and the moral support it offerd to the Irish-American community. Records include announcements, correspondence, clippings, financial records, and telegrams.


  • 1921-1924


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The collection is open for research.

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MacSwiney Club

The MacSwiney Club was founded in memory of the Irish revolutionary and playwright Terence MacSwiney (1878-1920) who was arrested by the British for sedition and imprisoned in Brixton prison where he went on a hunger strike and died. His death brought international attention to the Irish struggle. The MacSwiney Club of Massachusetts was located in Pittsfield and was one of many related clubs throughout the country that supported the Irish Republic.


21 Folders

Language of Materials



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

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 American Irish Pioneers Foundation Records, MS 1881A.

Processing Information

Processed by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department staff in approximately 1979.

Processing Information

This electronic finding aid is transcribed from legacy data. In many cases, transcriptions were not verified against collection materials at the time of transcription. As a result, this finding aid could be incomplete and might only reflect a partial understanding of the material.

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Former title

Collection formerly known as MacSwiney Club (Pittsfield, Mass.) Collection and [Records].

Guide to the MacSwiney Club Records
Rare Books and Manuscripts Staff and Kimberly Reynolds
2015 April
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Revision Statements

  • 2015-03: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds, March 2015.
  • 2022-11-02: 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, extent portion, EAD ID, finding aid date, finding aid author, scope and contents note, biographical/historical note, immediate source of acquisition note, arrangement note, processing information note, preferred citation, curatorial department, and related materials.

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