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Guide to the Margaret Nagle Letters AIA.077

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 05, 2019 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kearin, Chris
Creator: Nagle, Margaret
Title: Margaret Nagle Letters
Dates [inclusive]: 1866-1870
Abstract: Margaret Nagle was an Irish emigrant from County Cork, who lived and worked in New York City as a domestic servant in the 1860s. This collection consists of scans and typescripts of letters written between Nagle and members of her family in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Nagle dictated her letters to a professional letter-writer in New York City and kept the drafts while the finished versions were sent to her family in Cork. The letters detail everyday activities and document the ways in which illiterate or semi-literate immigrants communicated with their families in a written format.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box
Language: Materials are in English.
Mixed Materials [31142062774438] [Box]: 1
Call Phrase: AIA.077

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Historical/Biographical Note

Margaret Nagle was an Irish emigrant from County Cork, who lived and worked in New York City as a domestic servant in the 1860s.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of scans and typescripts of letters written between Margaret Nagle and members of her family in the late 1860s and early 1870s. Nagle dictated her letters to a professional letter-writer in New York City and kept the drafts while the finished versions were sent to her family in Cork. The letters detail everyday activities and document the ways in which illiterate or semi-literate immigrants communicated with their families in a written format.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Topics

  • Irish Americans -- History.
  • Irish Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.

Subject Places

  • Ireland -- Emigration and immigration.
  • United States -- Emigration and immigration.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Materials in this collection are in the public domain. Users need not secure permission from the Tamiment library to publish or reproduce materials in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Margaret Nagle Letters; AIA 077; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials

Bruce Boling Papers (AIA 062)

Kerby Miller Papers (AIA 076)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Researchers interested in using electronic records in this collection must use a transferred copy, which we refer to as an access copy. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that already have already been transferred are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room; materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. These requests are free of charge and can be made in anticipation of your visit. The process typically takes four to six weeks. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A librarian will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Chris Kearin in January 2015. The accession number associated with this gift is 2015.020.

Existence and Location of Originals

This collection is comprised of scans and typescripts of the original letters, which have been retained by the donor.

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