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Ireland & American Irish Studies

The following site is designed to give the reader an introductory look at the importance of the Irish experience through various resources on the subject via electronic digital and traditional means of scholarship.

Irish Centered Book Collections

The Main and Reference collections of the Seton Hall University Libraries combined with the Archives & Special Collections Center offer researchers a wide range of volumes related to Ireland and the American Irish experience through the years.  By searching through Worldcat Local (and WorldCat on the broader scale) you can determine our holdings and where to find relevant materials.  Location within the Library, call number, and specific designation are provided for each entry found on site. 

Our repository in particular holds a number of distinctive Irsh subject centered book collections including volumes that belonged to the late Michael Joseph (Meagher) MacManus (1888-1951) who wrote various nationalist-themed books and worked as editor of the Irish Press from 1931 until his death.  This library includes over 3,000 titles dating from the seventeenth century to the present day.  Nearly all volumes are printed in either English or Irish (Gaelach).  The core of this collection consists of of acquisitions secured by MacManus during his lifetime, but arrangements have been made to add latter day works to what has become a continuously expanding bibliography.  Another set of approximately 1,000 volumes donated by Rita Murphy (1912-2003), who was one of the first female gradates of Seton Hall in 1937 and former head of the Irish Institute at Seton Hall during the 1950s and 60s ofers much enlightenment on American Irish documentation in particular.  Other prominent friends and donors to our Center include noted journalists Barbara O'Reilly and Jim Lowney along with Hibernian advocate Jim MacFarland.