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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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