Thomas Meehan (1854-1942), Brooklyn native, was a historian, newspaper editor, and writer. He was an authority on Irish Catholics, especially in New York. Meehan was managing editor of the “Irish-American” weekly newspaper, New York correspondent for several national and international papers, assistant managing editor of the “Catholic Encyclopedia” and long-standing contributor to “The Tablet,” the newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The collection at St. John’s represents subject files on various topics, primarily focused on the Catholics and Catholic organizations of New York. They were likely used by him as support material for his research. Most of the collection is comprised of newspaper and magazine clippings. Almost all materials except the clippings are in the process of being digitized and added to our digital collections website, including correspondence, pamphlets, images, ephemera, and other documents.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the American Friends of Irish Neutrality, the St. John’s University archives will exhibit some of the records and materials of the World War II era organization at a special academic lecture on Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at its Manhattan Campus.
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Tagged anti-partition, exhibition, ireland, irish, irish american, letters, manuscripts, New York, paul o'dwyer, special collections, WWII
The American Friends of Irish Neutrality (AFIN) was formed in New York City in 1940 in order to support the preservation of Irish neutrality during World War II. The records contain telegrams, minutes, news clippings, correspondence, membership and donation cards, postcards, texts of speeches, press releases, pamphlets, and photographs. Among the correspondents are Bennett Champ Clark, Martin Conboy, Éamon de Valera, Sean Keating, Henry Cabot Lodge, Breckinridge Long, Joseph Cardinal MacRory, Robert F. Mahoney, Caroline O’Day, Charles Poletti, Patrick Walsh, and Paul O’Dwyer.
Finding aid (PDF) Records of the American Friends of Irish Neutrality
These records document Paul O’Dwyer’s efforts to solicit funds on behalf of the Bernadette Devlin Defense Fund. Bernadette Devlin [McAliskey], born in 1947, was an activist in Northern Ireland. The records include news clippings, correspondence, financial records, and publications.
Finding aid (PDF) Records of the Bernadette Devlin_Defense_Fund
These records document the activities of the American League for an Undivided Ireland, founded in 1947. The aim of the organization was to make every possible effort to abolish the partition of Ireland. The members of the organization tried to influence U.S. foreign policy in relation to the desired unification of Ireland. Primarily correspondence, but also includes a certificate of incorporation, Irish and U.S. publications, speakers’ notes, news clippings, membership lists, printed Congressional papers, press releases, and mailing lists. Correspondents include Frank Aiken, Tom Barry, Emmanuel Celler, John A. Costello, Eamon de Valera, Everett Dirksen, Jacob Javits, Paul O’Dwyer, Henry Cabot Lodge, Charles Rice and Joseph Scott.
Finding aid (PDF) Records of the American League for an Undivided Ireland