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Guide to the Ireland House Oral History Collection AIA.030

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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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: 4 Folder : 91 Wall, Eamonn

Historical/Biographical Note

Eamonn Wall (b. Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland, 1955) emigrated to the United States in 1982 and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches Irish, Irish-American, and British Literature courses at UM ? St. Louis. He has published six collections of poetry and two books, including Writing the Irish West: Ecologies and Traditions and  From the Sin-é Café to the Black Hills.

Nov 30, 2011, Apr 4, 2013
Box: 4 Folder : 92 Walsh, James

Historical/Biographical Note

James P. Walsh (b. San Francisco, California, 1937) is the son of Irish parents from Co. Mayo. He is currently Professor Emeritus of History at San Jose State University and lives in San Francisco, California.

Sep 27, 2013
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_12 Walsh, Peter

Walsh, Peter: 2014-

Biographical Note

Peter Walsh was born in 1947 in New York, New York. He graduated from Mount St. Michael High School in the Bronx and attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie between 1965 and 1968. He studied at the University of London in London, England in 1969. Walsh served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After the war he graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Miriam Nyhan on June 30, 2014 at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House in Manhattan, New York. This interview contains Peter Walsh's description of his family's history as immigrants and later as Irish Americans. He recounts stories about his great-grandmother, and his father's childhood stories during the Great Depression. He describes his childhood as an Irish American in New York, his education, and his first trip to Ireland.

Box: 4 Folder : 14 Waters, Mary

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Waters (b. New York, 1927) is the past president of the Cork Association of New York.

Box: 4 Folder : 15 Waters, Sr. Victor

Biographical Note

Sr. Victor Waters was born in Cornamona, Co. Galway, Ireland, in 1904. She immigrated to Chicago in 1925 with her two brothers, one of whom was fleeing the Black and Tans. She entered the order of the Franciscan Sisters in Boston in 1928, and served in Rome for four years during World War II.

Scope and Content Note

This oral history was digitally recorded on a Marantz PMD660. The interview is approximately 50 minutes long, on 1 CD. The interview took place in Tenafly, New Jersey, on April 8, 2009, and the interviewer was Myriam Nyhan.

Other Finding Aids

Subject notes have been created by track number, and the Word file is available upon request at

Apr 8, 2009
Box: Electronic records E-records : TW_AIA_30_ER_15 Watson, Eve

Watson, Eve: 2014-

Biographical Note

Eve Watson was born in 1971 in Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland and was raised in Ballyagran, County Limerick. She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1996 and received her Ph.D. in psychology from University College Dublin in 2008.  At the time of the 2014 interview, Watson was the Head of the Arts and Psychology Department at Independent College Dublin.

Scope and Contents

This interview was conducted by Íde B. O'Carroll at Eve Watson's office at Independent College in Dublin, Ireland on July 7, 2014.  The interview covers Watson's family, early life, education, and working life. Watson discusses her family and early life in Ireland.  She discusses the importance of athletics in her early life, her aptitude and interest in running, and the way in which this led to her attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  She discusses her mental health before and during college, and her decision to her return to Ireland and enter therapy. She recounts her experiences in Kathmandu, Nepal between 1998 and 2001 and her decision to leave  due to mental health issues. She recounts her decision to return to Ireland in late 2001 in order to pursue a degree in psychology and her work in the psychology department at Independent College Dublin.

Box: 4 Folder : 16 Weadock, Joe
Box: 4 Folder : 17 White, Richard

Historical/Biographical Note

Richard White (b. Flushing, New York, 1947), the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, is the past President of the Organization of American Historians and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of several books regarding the American West, Native American history and Environmental history. Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories is his account of his mother's emigration from County Kerry.

Box: 4 Folder : 18 Winch, Terry

Historical/Biographical Note

Terry Winch (b. Bronx, New York, 1960) is a musician and writer. He is the author of five books of poems and two short story collections and has won the Columbia Book Award for The Great Indoors (1995) and the American Book Award for  Irish Musicians/American Friends (2007). His experiences of growing up in a Bronx immigrant neighborhood are frequently his subjects. In 1977 he co-founded the traditional Irish music group Celtic Thunder.


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