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Larkin, Emmet J., 1927-



  • Existence: 1927 - 2012

Biographical Note

Emmet J. Larkin was born in New York in 1927. He received his Master of Arts degree in history from Columbia University in 1951, and his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1957. After teaching at Brooklyn College and MIT, Larkin became a professor of British and Irish History at the University of Chicago. Larkin wrote or edited thirteen books, including nine volumes on the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland from 1850 to 1900. He pursued research on this subject and related subjects for over forty years, visiting archives of dioceses and archdioceses in Ireland as well as repositories in London and Rome, and accumulating tens of thousands of pages of research material. Larkin was one of the founders of the American Committee for Irish Studies, which was closely connected to the American Historical Association. It was formally established in 1962 and in 1987 changed its name to the American Conference for Irish Studies. At various times Larkin served as treasurer, member of the executive committee, editor of the Reprint Series, vice president, and president of the ACIS.

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Emmet J. Larkin papers

Abstract Personal and professional papers of twentieth-century history professor and author Emmet J. Larkin. Included are correspondence, research, drafts, records of professional activities, teaching materials, and other papers. Much of the material consists of photocopies of archival materials pertaining to the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland in the nineteenth century. There are also records of the American Conference for Irish Studies, of which Larkin was a founder. Of note are...
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Collection is open for research.

Some manuscripts are fragile; use care in handling. Audio recordings have been digitally copied; all original media was retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1610 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1949 - 2012