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Guide to the Archives of Irish America Material Culture Collection AIA.041

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rebecca Altermatt and Kaitlyn Medley

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 18, 2019
Finding aid is in English

 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2019 accretion.  , September 2019

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Archives of Irish America
Title: Archives of Irish America Material Culture and Ephemera Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1915-2005
Abstract: The Archives of Irish America Material Culture collection is a conglomeration of objects individually donated or found in collections and removed.
Quantity: 10 Linear Feet in 2 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 6 flat boxes, and 2 objects
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: AIA.041

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Historical Note

The Material Culture collection compliments the entire Archives of Irish America in that its contents provides information on many topics and individuals not formally represented in the other collections. The unique format of many of the materials - hats, t-shirts, bumper stickers - provide insight to scholars and researchers in the methods used to convey information within the Irish American community.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a variety of items such as buttons, bumper stickers, hats, tickets, membership cards, pens, pins, and t-shirts -- many of them related to Irish organizations. Contents of the collection came in as individual accessions or as part of larger accessions, including the Dorothy Hayden Cudahy Irish Memories Collection, and were organized together into this artificial collection.


Items are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Footballs (balls for sports).
  • Hats.
  • Memorabilia.
  • Cigar boxes.
  • Plaques (flat objects)
  • T-shirts.
  • Bumper stickers.
  • Stationery.

Subject Topics

  • Irish Americans.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Items in the Material Culture collection were donated, purchased or found in other collections of the Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

The Tamiment Library does not have information about who owns copyright to this collection. Materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 2125. The Tamiment Library is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was created via active collection by staff, contributions from donors and from material removed from collections in the Archives. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 1997.023, 2012.037, and 2019.114.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Object : 6 Armband: "Formation"
Box: 2 Object : 5 Armbands: "Frank Stagg, RIP" (IRA hunger strike)
c. 1970s
Box: 4 Object : 3 Ashtray: "Ireland" / Made in the Republic of Ireland by N.B.C. Ltd.
Box: 3 Object : 4 Badges, Name Tags, & Ribbons
Box: 8 Banner: Brehon Law Society
Box: 14 Banner: Irish American Heritage Committee of the New York City Department of Education
Box: 1 Object : 5 Baseball cap with image of Irish flag
Box: 1 Object : 6 Baseball cap with "N.Y. State Convention A.O.H. Niagra Falls 1987 Albany, N.Y. in '89" Silkscreen
Box: 2 Object : 8 Bookmark: "An Olde Irish Toast"
Box: 3 Object : 12 Bookmark with copper pence: Bank of Ireland
Box: 2 Object : 3 Bumper Sticker: "The Irish Will Remember in November"
Box: 3 Object : 14 Bumper Sticker: "Save the Leprechaun"
Box: 3 Object : 15 Bumper Sticker: "Strip Search the Queen"
Box: 2 Object : 3 Bumper sticker: "There's every reason to buy Irish"
Box: 3 Object : 3 Buttons and Pins
Box: 3 Object : 13 Calendar (magnet): Kathleen's of Donegal Irish Imports
Box: 3 Object : 6 Calendar: shape of shamrock
Box: 4 Object : 2 Cigar Box: "Irish Molly O"
Box: 2 Object : 7 Coasters (4): Harp, Guinness, Bank of Ireland
undated, 1998
Box: 12 Concertina
Box: 7 Flags: U.S.A. and Republic of Ireland (small)
Box: 3 Object : 2 Game Passes, Polo Grounds: Gaelic Games
Box: 7 Handkerchief with embroidered green flower
Box: 4 Object : 1 Hurling Ball, leather
Box: 3 Object : 5 Keychain: Irish Voice
Box: 3 Object : 10 Lottery tickets: Irish Hospitals' Sweepstakes (John J. Cudahy)
Oct 1985
Box: Shared Tamiment 030 Folder : 21 Moore Centenary Association of Newark, New Jersey
Box: 1 Object : 7 Mouse pad: Irish Echo
Box: Shared Tamiment 030 Folder : 22 New York World's Fair Booklet
Box: 3 Object : 7 Paperweight: "Moynihan for Senate"
Box: 1 Object : 2 Plaque: "An Old Irish Benediction"
Box: 2 Object : 11 Plaque: County Clare P.B. & S. Association; to Michael Mahoney
Box: 5 Object : 3 Plaque: "Ireland Unfree Shall Never Be At Peace - 1916 - Patrick Pearse"
Box: 5 Object : 2 Plaque: Irish American Cultural Institute, "The Irish Way Program"
Box: 2 Object : 4 Plaque: "Irish American Heritage Museum Charter Member"
Box: 3 Object : 1 Photo on wood block: Dorothy Hayden Cudahy
Box: 5 Object : 1 Record Album: "The Irish Uprising, 1916-1922"
Box: 2 Object : 10 Ribbon: Irish American Athletic Association Member: " Nothing too Good for the Irish-Americans" Banquet
30 Oct 1911
Box: 3 Object : 5 Rosary
Box: 3 Object : 11 Ruler: Bank of Ireland
Box: 1 Object : 3 Scally cap with "Hibernians/Budweiser" Patch
Box: 3 Object : 8 Stamp: Bank of Ireland, Deposits
Box: 3 Object : 9 Stamp: Doran Film Distribution: U.S. Distribution and Sales; wood and rubber
Box: 1 Object : 4 Stationery pad: Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Box: 2 Object : 1 Stationery Sets (3): Aer Lingus 1st Class
Box: 2 Object : 9 Shoelaces with shamrocks
Box: 6 Object : 10 T-Shirt: 22nd Annual Washington Irish Folk Festival, Montgomery County Fairgrounds [MD},
Sep 5 1998-Sep 6 1998
Box: 6 Object : 1 T-Shirt: "Conradh na Gailge – Craobh Baile Phit"
Box: 6 Object : 11 T-Shirt: Coogan Salsa Blues and Shamrocks, NYC "Remember Captain Frederick Ill, FDNY
Mar 2, 2003
Box: 6 Object : 2 T-Shirt: "Free Jim Barr – Irish Political Prisoner in America"
Box: 6 Object : 3 T-Shirt: "The Great Hunger"
Box: 6 Object : 4 T-Shirt: Ireland Worldcup 1994
Box: 6 Object : 5 T-Shirt: "Irish Emigrant Vote Campaign, ©IEVC '91"
Box: 6 Object : 6 T-Shirt: "Republic of Ireland, World Cup '94"
Box: 15 T-Shirt: "Riverdance"
Box: 6 Object : 7 T-Shirt: "Scannān '92: A Festival of Modern Irish Film"
Box: 6 Object : 8 T-Shirt: "Support Irish Political Prisoners • H-Block and Armagh Comm."
Box: 6 Object : 9 T-Shirt: "Ulysses S. Grant and the Irish" - Wildgeese.com
Box: 7 Tea Towel: "County Roscomman" (linen)
Box: 7 Tea Towel: "Famous Irish Americans" (linen/cotton)

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