Collection Policy

To assist students, faculty and visiting scholars in evaluating the Irish impact on the history of American social and cultural development, as well as the evolution of a specifically Irish American identity, the Archives of Irish America seeks to build a collection of primary source materials that can support original research and to develop digital resources that connect these materials to similar collections worldwide.

The Archives of Irish America is interested in the following kinds of materials. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a donation to the archives.


Accessions are at the discretion of the archivist in consultation with NYU Library’s Collections Development Committee. Twentieth century manuscript materials take priority but donations of eighteenth and nineteenth century papers are encouraged if they address unique gaps in the historiography or in other institutional libraries. Materials relating to Ireland and the Irish in Ireland will be considered if there is a clear Irish American dimension. Organic rather than synthetic collections are preferred.