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Check out the collage on the cover of Volume 8 of the American Journal of Irish Studies featuring images from the IIRM collection in the Archives of Irish America.

Read this latest edition of the American Journal of Irish Studies. The cover features a well dressed group of travelers flying to Ireland on one of the first chartered flights between New York and Dublin.

This very interesting image from the Illustrated London News of September 17, 1864 depicts the recruiting of newly arrived immigrants outside of Castle Gardens. Castle Gardens was the immigration processing center before Ellis Island. The major focus of this recruitment are the Irish and Germans. Notice the sign is in both English and German. Union soldiers can be seen mingling with the crowd.

Listen to how a group of young immigrants lobbied Congress to legalized the so called illegal Irish aliens of the 1980s.

Joseph Laroche and Juliette Lafargue were an interracial couple aboard the Titanic. As the ship sank, Joseph stuffed his coat with money & jewelry, took his pregnant wife and children to the deck and managed to get them into a lifeboat. He gave the coat to his wife, and said: “Here, take this, you are going to need it. I’ll get another boat. God be with you. I’ll see you in New York.” Joseph died in the sinking. He was the only passenger of black descent on the Titanic...

New York circa 1905. "Coney Island -- Luna Park promenade." Elephants on parade. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.Shorpy Historical Photo Archive


The TIME Vault: 1955

John F. Kennedy's Funeral: Rare & Unpublished ~ A horse-drawn caisson bears the body of President John F. Kennedy into Arlington Cemetery, November 25, 1963.

April 5th 1887: Helen Keller’s ‘miracle’ breakthrough On this day in 1887 the deaf-blind Helen Keller aged 7 recognised the word ‘water’. Keller was left deaf and blind from an illness when she was 19 months old. Her parents sought someone to educate her, going to notable figures like Alexander Graham Bell, and eventually settling with the young Anne Sullivan (‘The Miracle Worker’) in 1887. Sullivan taught Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand. Her breakthrough on April 5th…

In Volume 9 of AJIS historian Virginia Ferris introduces readers to a community of Irish-African American families living in Greenwich Village just 10 years after the 1863 Draft Riots shook New York City, providing a deeper look at ethnic and race relations in post Civil War Manhattan.

1938 JFK , wearing espadrilles with sisters Patricia and Eunice