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Guide to the Ireland House Oral History Collection AIA.030

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt, Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 10, 2022
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate material from accession number 2018.100 Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect the digitization of electronic records Updated by Aki Snyder to include unprocessed microcassettes, miniDVs, and an audio cassette  , September 2018 , March 2022 , October 2022

Container List


Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 43 Quigley, Martin

Biographical Note

Martin Quigley was born in Chicago in 1917. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1939 and worked as a journalist in the film industry. In the 1940s, Martin worked as an undercover agent for the U.S. Office of Secret Services gathering intelligence in Ireland on the issue of neutrality during World War II. He went on to receive a Ph.D. at Columbia University and led a career in writing, politics and education. Martin is the author of several books, including A US Spy in Ireland and  Great Gaels: Ireland and Peace in a World at War.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 130 minutes long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place in West Hartford, Connecticut, on May 21, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

May 21, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_55 Quilin, Michael

Quilin, Michael: 2015-

Biographical Note

Michael Quilin was born in 1952 in Bellevue, Pennsylvania. In 1961 his family moved to Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and continued on to La Salle University in Philadelphia as an English major, graduating in 1974. After graduating he spent a year in Ireland at the School of Irish Studies in Dublin.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll on April 26th 2015 in Milton, Massachusetts. The interview covers Michael Quilin's family ancestry and his early education. He recounts the way in which he and his sister Margaret became involved in importing Irish publications into the United States with Quilin and Campbell Publishers. He explains his involvement with Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in the 1990s and his advocacy for Irish American and Irish nationalist concerns.

Box: 3 Folder : 44 Quinlan, Tom

Historical/Biographical Note

Tom Quinlan (b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1925), the grandson of immigrants from Counties Cork and Fermanagh, taught English for many years.

Box: 3 Folder : 45 (Mixed Materials [31142063408119]) Quinn, Charles B.
Jun 10, 2005
Box: 5 MiniDV : 030_0003 (Video [31142067148521])
Box: 5 Audiocassette : 030_0020 (Audio [31142067148521])
Box: 3 Folder : 46 Quinn, Florence

Historical/Biographical Note

Florence Quinn (b. Bristol, Connecticut, 1955) is the President and founder of Quinn & Co., a public relations firm in Manhattan.

Box: 4 Folder : 78 Quinn, Marion

Historical/Biographical Note

Marion Quinn (b. Chicago, Illinois, 1964) is the youngest child and only daughter in a family of five children. Her parents, Michael and Teresa Quinn met through family connections. Both were born and raised in County Offaly Ireland. They married in 1956. Her parents migrated from Ireland to Canada, then to London, England before settling in Chicago where her father, an English literature professor, taught at Loyola University.

Sep 30, 2011
Box: 3 Folder : 47 Quinn, Peter

Biographical Note

Peter Quinn (b. 1947) is a writer and self-proclaimed BIC – Bronx Irish Catholic – whose roots date back to the famine generation. Peter began his career as a speech writer for New York State Governors Mario Cuomo and Hugh Carey, both Democrats, before moving on to become editorial director for Time, Inc. His first novel, The Banished Children of Eve, is set during the Draft Riots of 1863. Retired from the corporate world, Peter's latest novel is  The Man Who Never Returned about the infamous disappearance of New York State Supreme Court Judge Force Crater in the 1930s.

Nov 11, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 48 Quinn, Sean

Biographical Note

Sean Quinn was born in New York in 1947, the son of Irish immigrants from Monaghan and Armagh. Sean inherited a talent for music from his father, Irish fiddler Louis Quinn, and as a child in the 1950s Sean learned to play with Irish musicians who gathered in his family's home in Queens. One of seven children, Sean and his siblings formed the musical group the Quinn Family, which recorded and toured Ireland. He is a musician and music teacher in New York.

Scope and Content Note

Some of the key themes discussed in this interview are: JFK's death; the significance of music as a way of uniting people; influences of Riverdance and the Clancys and Tommy Makem; and growing up as the son of a well-known musician.

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 2 hours long, on 2 CDs. The interview took place on February 7, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Feb 7, 2009
Box: 3 Folder : 49 Quinn, Terry

Historical/Biographical Note

Terry Quinn (b. Brooklyn, New York) a veteran of the New York Fire Department and the father of three children, has roots in County Roscommon. He has spent many years in the bar business in New York City and was a technical adviser to the television show Rescue Me.


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