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Guide to the Aisling Irish Community Center Oral History Collection AIA.035

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Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630
tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu


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Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 29, 2017
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Aisling Irish Community Center
Title: Aisling Irish Community Center Oral History Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 2006
Abstract: This collection of oral histories and the resulting publication, "When Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again" describe life for newly arrived immigrants in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. The impetus for the project was a creative writing class run at the Aisling irish Community Center.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: AIA.035

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Aisling Irish Community Center is located in Yonkers, New York. Established in 1996, the Center serves to assist Irish immigrants moving to the United States, much like the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Woodside, Queens. The Aisling Center also provides services for the elderly Irish and Irish-American community in Yonkers and Woodlawn. This project of recording memories evolved from a program at the Center for Seniors called "Young at Heart." Staff member Frances Browner initiated a creative writing class which focused on different themes and memories of the participants. From the exercise the idea of recording the stories and creating the narrative was formed. The result is the book While Mem'ry Brings us Back Again.

The participants tell of coming to America, the different ships they took, their impressions of New York - the weather, the tall buildings, navigating the subway, electricity and indoor plumbing - their first jobs, their friendships and social activities, and their homesickness. For many, leaving to come to America was also the first time they had ever been out of their hometown. Some came voluntarily; others were chosen or sent by a family member.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of interviews conducted with Irish immigrants by Frances Browner in 2006 for the book "When Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again." A copy of the book is included with the collection. Interviews are recorded on compact disk, also included in the collection. Oftentimes, the recordings were made in public places such as restaurants or bars, and the clarity has been compromised because of the background noise. The interviews were transcribed into narratives which comprise the book.

Interviewees describe their trips to America, usually by ship; sometimes by airplane. First jobs, for the women oftentimes at Shrafts, a restaurant chain in Manhattan, the telephone company, with mass transit, for B. Dalton, a department store, as a professional musician and employed by wealthy families as domestic workers are discussed as are reminisces of social activities and outings.

When available, duration of interviews is recorded and is included in the container list.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged into one alphabetical series

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Oral histories (document genres)
  • CD-ROMs.

Subject Topics

  • Immigrants -- United States
  • Oral history.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Irish Americans -- Social life and customs.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Transcripts and copies of original audio recordings along with a copy of the resulting publication "When Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again" were donated to the Archives of Irish America in 2006.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:
Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2630
Fax: (212) 995-4225
E-mail: tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Missing Title

  1. Ireland House Oral History Colletion AIA 030
  2. Jane Conlon Muller Oral History Collection AIA 012
  3. Miriam Nyhan Oral History Collection AIA 036

Processing Information

In 2014, the archived websites were added as a series.

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Container List

Printed Materials and Research, 2006

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Cd : data_value_missing_f02aa5db1c3af91b517f9261b832a12f While Mem'ry Brings us Back Again: A Collection of Memoirs
2006
Box: 1 Cd : data_value_missing_196ee64c8e66c305d0deb81e73676c28 Miscellaneous Extracts compiled for "While Mem'ry Brings us Back Again" or Fran Brownwer's Creative Writing Class
2006
Box: 2 Cd : 1 Miscellaneous Extracts compiled for While Mem'ry Brings us Back Again or Fran Brownwer's Creative Writing Class on CD
2006
Box: 2 Cd : 2 Aisling Project Photos by Nuala Purcell CD-1. Contains images of interviewees in book and some events
2006
Box: 2 Cd : 03, 03.1 Aisling Project Photos by Nuala Purcell CD-2 (2 copies) Contains images of Rose McGurk, Oliver O'Donnell and Jimmy Clarke
2006
Box: 2 Cd : 4 Aisling Project Photos: Carme Purcell
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 5 Aisling Project Photos: Gaelic Park Crowd Shots
Oct 1, 2006

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Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Cd : 6 Burke, Bill: President: Country Bank, New York (file in unknown MSV format)
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 7 Butler, Chris: County Offaly - New York I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 8 Butler, Chris: County Offaly - New York II
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 9 Chambers, Jimmy and Anne I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 10 Chambers, Jimmy and Anne II
Box: 2 Cd : 11 Clarke, Jimmy (b. 1906) Arrived New York 1927, County Galway; duration 23:55
Feb 2006
Box: 2 Cd : 12 Connaughton, Terry; duration 36:44
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 40 Cregan, Jerry and Marian I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 41 Cregan, Jerry and Marian II
undated
Box: 2 Cassette : 13 Cremin, Mike, County Kerry - New York; duration 51:43
undated
Cd: 2 Cd : 14 Crowe, Therese, Tipperary - New York; duration 46:01
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 15 Cunningham, Joe; duration 1:13:38
undated
Box: 2 Cassette : 16 Cunningham, Rose; duration 12:12, WAV file
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 17 Cunningham, Rose; duration 12:12, MPEG4 file
Box: 2 Cd : 18 Delaney, Agnes I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 19 Delaney, Agnes II
Box: 2 Cd : 20 Doyle, Julia: County Kilkenny (1951) New York; duration 50:01
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 21 Fleming, Sean I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 22 Fleming, Sean II
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 23 Fleming, Sean III
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 24 Glendon, Bridget: Donegal - New York
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 25 McCarrick, Thomas: County Sligo - New York; duration 6:13
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 26 McGurk, Rose: Derry, Arrived 1928 to New York I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 27 McGurk, Rose: Derry, Arrived 1928 to New York II
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 28 McNamara, Theresa: Leitrim - New York; duration 53:16
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 42 Mulcahey, Denis I
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 43 Mulcahey, Denis II
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 29 Murray, Patrick and Phil I; duration 58:65 (MP3 file converted to WAV on server)
undated
Box: 2 Cassette : 30 Murray, Patrick and Phil I; duration 53:30 (MP3 file converted to WAV on server)
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 31 O'Donnell, Oliver; duration 44:16
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 32 O'Halloran, Michael and Martin O'Malley; duration 1:05:15
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 33 Purcell, Carmen: Belfast - New York; duration 29:12
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 34 Young at Heart Senior Group at Aisling Irish Community Center, Yonkers, NY: Discuss the Dance Halls (CD #1)
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 35 Young at Heart Senior Group at Aisling Irish Community Center, Yonkers, NY (CD #2)
Nov 2005
Box: 2 Cd : 36 Young at Heart Senior Group at Aisling Irish Community Center, Yonkers, NY: Discuss Coming to America (CD #3)
Nov 2005
Box: 2 Cd : 37 Young at Heart Senior Group at Aisling Irish Community Center, Yonkers, NY: Discuss Shopping at Fordham Road (CD #4)
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 38 Young at Heart Senior Group at Aisling Irish Community Center, Yonkers, NY (CD #5)
undated
Box: 2 Cd : 39 Young at Heart: Jpegs and Word documents, no audio

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Archived Website, Mar 28, 2014-ongoing

Archived Website: Mar 28, 2014-ongoing

[http://webarchives.cdlib.org/site/sw1j67bw8j]

Scope and Content Note

The Aisling Irish Community Center is located in Yonkers, New York. Established in 1996, the Center serves to assist Irish immigrants moving to the United States. The Aisling Center also provides services for the elderly Irish and Irish-American community in Yonkers and Woodlawn. The website contains event and classes schedules, a photo gallery, and news listings.

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