Moloney Collection

Mick Moloney Collection of Irish-American Music and Popular Culture (AIA 31)

New York University’s Division of Libraries, in conjunction with Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, acquired the Mick Moloney Collection of Irish-American Music and Popular Culture for the Archives of Irish America in 2006.

Dr. Mick Moloney

Dr. Mick Moloney

photo by Tom Pich

Dr. Mick Moloney (b. 1944 Limerick, Ireland) is Global Distinguished Professor of Music and Irish Studies at New York University. He emigrated to the United States in 1973 and was based in Philadelphia until moving to New York City in 2006. A musician and folklorist, he has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America, as well as being artistic director for the musical ensemble The Green Fields of America. In 1999 Mick Moloney was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. He is the author of the book and CD Far from the Shamrock Shore (2002), as well as numerous essays on Irish music and musical culture, and has a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Moloney Collection is a large body of material arranged in six parts. The inclusive dates are 1817 to 1995, with the bulk of the material between 1860 and 1980. Only processed portions of the Moloney Collection are open for research at this time, as described below.

  1. Part I. Commercial Recordings
  2. Part II. Field Recordings
  3. Part III. Mick Moloney Papers
  4. Part IV. Irish Americana
  5. Part V. Videotapes
  6. Part VI. Photographs