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Irish American Resources at the Library of Congress

Digital Collections

American Stereoscopic Company. Goodbye to old Ireland!--Passengers on tender at Queenstown, going out to an ocean-liner. Circa 1903. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Library of Congress Digital Collections are free to view online. Interviews, articles, lectures, and blog posts discussing Irish American heritage and culture, as well as music and recordings can be found through these online collections.

A selection of these resources is provided below with links to specific items or to the home pages for each relevant archive. You can also explore the complete list of Digital Collections to find even more and see the latest additions.

To encourage further study and engagement with the collections, Library of Congress subject specialists have created research guides and other feature presentations that provide background information and useful resources. You can also browse the complete list of research guides from across all divisions of the Library to learn more.

Tip: Searching for "Irish" rather than "Irish American" may yield more extensive results in some of these collections.

Library of Congress Digital Collections and Online Resources

The American Folklife Center collects and documents living traditional culture, while preserving for the future its unparalleled collections in the state-of-the-art preservation facilities of the Library of Congress. Among the materials related to Irish American culture:

Library of Congress subject specialists have created Blogs that provide background and resources for further study.

Digital Collections

Directory of U.S. Newspapers in American Libraries

Research Guides

Search the Library's collections of pictures to find hundreds of images related to Irish Americans, including photographs, engravings, political cartoons, and posters. Interesting images can also be found by searching terms like shamrocks, St. Patrick, and the names of people and places.

A selection of highlights includes: