I have completed my interview sessions with the Spencer Research Library at K.U. in Lawrence, Kansas. Yes, that's Lawrence, Kansas. Home of the top Irish collection outside of Ireland. The only home of the O'Hegarty collection in the world. (opposing viewpoints will be accepted - but proof is required).
Shows #200 - 204, will be on the Irish resources at K.U. . That sets a record for number of shows on a subject, but it is justified. The details will come as a surprise to many.
Briefly put, "25,000 items were obtained from P. S. O'Hegarty, with incredible depth in Irish literature, history and politics, including periodicals and ephemera." (This does not include their collections of Joyce and Yeats). Some items are not to be found in Ireland. Researchers have already started to arrive from the far points of the globe.
Four Volume Index
The index to the collection is housed in a four book set. The topic categories are published on the Irish Roots Cafe blog.
On The Table
Some items we reviewed today in person:
Levinge Family; Stewart; Savage; Blennerhassett.
History: (including original handwritten docs.)
The Seige of Londonderry; Kimbers Peerage 1768; 1823 Canadian immigration; Keady Parish History; The Mass Rock; Young Ireland; Periodicals; Proclamation against immigration: Irish Volunteers; Posters; Boys Novels: Sein Fein; Original Autograph books from ‘prison’ camps in Wales and Ireland. Special Report on surnames; and more to come in the next episode....
First of Four Broadcasts en route
To Listen to my audio podcast #200, click here: (podcast will be released by the weekend of the 22nd)
We are returning to the K.U. campus for further examination of the collection, and you are invited to meet us there. Let me know you are coming. Click here to contact me.
We might have resources waiting for you on the tables in the special collections department.
About the Author
Mike O’Laughlin descends from the O’Loughlins of Kilfenora, County Clare, and the O’Donahues of Glenflesk, County Kerry. He also bears Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots.
A one of a kind resource, he is the most published author his field, including books; newsletters; podcasts; and videos.
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