The Society’s Library

The Society’s library houses more than 10,000  volumes, the most complete private collection of Irish and American Irish history and literature in the United States.  The library features a temperature-controlled rare books room that holds another 1,000 volumes, and an unparalleled collection of newspapers and newsletters dating back to the late-18th century, and several early and mid-19th century newspapers, such as The Nation, The United Irishman, and the Dublin Penny Journal.

Also housed in the library is the Society’s unique collection of letters from Patrick Pearse and Charles Stewart Parnell, the irreplaceable archives of other societies and organizations, and the personal papers of leading Irish Americans like Daniel F. Cohalan.

The collection is complemented by works of art from such noted Irish artists as Nathaniel Hone, John Faulkener, George Russell (A.E.), John Butler Yeats, Aloysius O’Kelly, and Augustus St. Gaudens.  The Society also holds an extensive collection of Irish music, including a taped interview with Brendan Behan that became his Confessions of a Rebel.

Following our re-opening in 2008, the Society has been working tirelessly to sort out and catalogue our library and archives.  At long last, we are happy to enable the public with a number of documents listing some of our more popular library & archive inquiries.  Feel free to search our listings:


Use the online catalog to search the books and other resources available at the library.

Archival Finding Aids can be found here:

 Download Finding Aids

Education Resources


Experience the Papers of Daniel F. Cohalan
Learn about the planning of the 1916 Rising


Irish History Timeline

Use this document to explore
Irish history up to 1949.

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