Maloney collection of Irish historical papers

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Description
William J. Maloney was a neurologist and a member of the Irish independence movement in the United States. The Maloney Collection of Irish Historical Papers contains material relating to the history of Ireland from the beginning of the Fenian movement to the proclamation of the Irish Republic. The collection contains material relating to individuals and organizations involved in Irish and Irish-American politics and is arranged alphabetically. The earliest papers in the collection are from the mid-19th century and are those of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, one of the leaders of the Fenian movement in Ireland and America. The papers of Roger Casement document his work during World War I in the United States and Germany to solicit support for an Irish voluntary force. The material from the Friends of Irish Freedom, the Joint Committee on the Immigration Act of 1924, William J. Maloney, Patrick McCartan, Joseph McGarrity, the Collected Correspondence, and the Printed Material cover roughly twenty years of the work of these men in the United States and Ireland to achieve an independent Ireland, mainly through politics. The letters of David James O'Donoghue, while not as political as the rest of the collection, contain material on the history of Ireland.
Names
Maloney, William Joseph Marie Alois, 1881- (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1857 - 1965
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1854
Topics
Fenians
Home rule -- Ireland
Irish Americans
Ireland -- Foreign relations -- United States
Ireland -- History -- 19th century
Ireland -- History -- 20th century
Ireland -- History -- Autonomy and independence movements
Genres
Documents
Photographs
Notes
Biographical/historical: William J. Maloney (1882-1952) was a neurologist and a member of the Irish independence movement in the United States. He was born in 1882 in Edinburgh, Scotland to Irish parents. He studied medicine in Edinburgh, Paris, London, and Munich before immigrating to the United States in 1911. He served in the British Army during World War I and was released in 1916 after being wounded at the battle of Gallipoli. His experiences in war and the executions resulting from the Easter Rising in Dublin turned Maloney against England and made him a supporter of Irish independence. After the Easter Rising, Maloney resigned his commission in the British Army and befriended many prominent supporters of Irish independence. He joined the Clan-na-Gael and become one of the most prolific writers for its newspaper, The Irish Press. He published several books and pamphlets on Irish issues, American political issues, and medical topics. Maloney felt that it was necessary to preserve the record of the fight for the Republic. For this reason, he donated his papers to the library and encouraged other members of the Irish-American political movement to do so as well.
Content: The collection contains material relating to individuals and organizations involved in Irish and Irish-American politics and is arranged alphabetically. The earliest papers in the collection are from the mid-19th century and are those of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, one of the leaders of the Fenian movement in Ireland and America. The papers of Roger Casement document his work during World War I in the United States and Germany to solicit support for an Irish voluntary force. The material from the Friends of Irish Freedom, the Joint Committee on the Immigration Act of 1924, William J. Maloney, Patrick McCartan, Joseph McGarrity, the Collected Correspondence, and the Printed Material cover roughly twenty years of the work of these men in the United States and Ireland to achieve an independent Ireland, mainly through politics. The letters of David James O'Donoghue, while not as political as the rest of the collection, contain material on the history of Ireland.
Physical Description
Extent: 4.51 linear feet (11 boxes, 2 volumes, 4 oversize folders)
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15970305
MSS Unit ID: 1854
Archives collections id: archives_collections_1854
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e5c6f1b0-6d34-0134-e085-00505686d14e
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