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American Conference for Irish Studies records

Collection MS-1988-009: American Conference for Irish Studies records


  • Creation: 1961 - 2017

Scope and Contents

These official records of the American Conference for Irish Studies document the organization’s growth and continued operation over the years. Included are the constitution and by-laws, correspondence of the officers, meeting programs and minutes for the executive committee, and membership information. Conference materials included planning materials, as well as media related to events held by ACIS. Reports document the work of the treasurer, as well as that of the general membership. Publications consist of the organization’s newsletter and updates to Guide to Irish Studies, a volume that provides information on Irish Studies programs in North America compiled by ACIS. The records also include materials related to the regional sections, including annual meetings and newsletters.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. Some media are not available for playback due to format impermanence and have not been reformatted. Please let Reading Room staff know of your specific interest, if possible, reformatting will be scheduled.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note

The American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), formerly the American Committee for Irish Studies, was founded in 1960 by Lawrence McCaffrey, Gilbert Cahill, and Emmet Larkin, all of whom would go on to serve as president of the organization. ACIS was created as an interdisciplinary scholarly organization dedicated to promoting the study of Ireland and the Irish. It has approximately 800 members internationally, including the United States, Ireland, and Canada, and it holds an annual conference each spring, in addition to regional meetings in the United States throughout the year.


American Conference for Irish Studies – An Chomhdháil Mheiriceánach Do Léann Na hÉireann. Accessed July 08, 2019.

Lawrence, McCaffrey J. A History of the American Committee for Irish Studies. N.p: n.p., 1983.

Past Presidents of the American Conference for Irish Studies

1962-1965: Gilbert Cahill, State University of New York at Cortland

1965-1968: David H. Greene, New York University

1968-1971: John V. Kelleher, Harvard University

1971-1973: Harold Orel, University of Kansas

1973-1975: John Rees Moore, Hollins College

1975-1978: Lawrence J. McCaffrey, Loyola University, Chicago

1978-1981: Emmet Larkin, University of Chicago

1981-1983: Alan Ward, College of William and Mary

1983-1985: Thomas Hachey, Marquette University

1985-1987: Robert E. Rhodes, State University of New York at Cortland

1987-1989: Maureen O’Rourke Murphy, Hofstra University

1989-1991: James S. Donnelly, Jr., University of Wisconsin–Madison

1991-1993: Mary Helen Thuente, Indiana University

1993-1995: Blanche Touhill, University of Missouri-St. Louis

1995-1997: James MacKillop, Onondaga Community College

1997-1999: Lucy McDiarmid, Villanova University

1999-2001: Nancy Curtin, Fordham University

2001-2003: Michael Patrick Gillespie, Marquette University

2003-2005: John P. Harrington, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2005-2007: Eamonn Wall, University of Missouri-St. Louis

2007-2009: José Lanters, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2009-2011: James S. Rogers, University of St. Thomas

2011-2013: Sean Farrell, Northern Illinois University

2013-2015: Mary Trotter, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2015-2017: Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame

2017-2019: Timothy G. McMahon, Marquette University


13.5 Linear Feet (15 containers)

Language of Materials



These official records of the American Conference for Irish Studies include national and regional conference planning materials, correspondence, meeting programs and minutes, reports, and membership information, as well as the organization’s national and regional newsletters and updates to Guide to Irish Studies.


Arranged into six series: I. Constitution and by-laws; II. Conferences; III. Correspondence; IV. Executive committee; V. Membership; and VI. Publications.

Series II. Conferences is divided into three subseries: A. National/International; B. Regional; and C. Recorded events.

Series III. Correspondence is further subdivided by record creator.

Series IV. Executive committee is divided into three subseries: A. Meeting materials; B. Reports; and C. Subject files. Subseries C. Subject files is further subdivided by record creator.

Series VI. Publications is divided into two subseries: A. Guide to Irish Studies revisions and B. Newsletters.


Transferred from the American Conference for Irish Studies in multiple accessions from 1988 to the present.

Related Materials

Emmet J. Larkin papers, MS.2012.008, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Separated Materials

Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

  • MS.2013.027 ACIS conference proceedings, membership lists, member correspondence, and reports on current research
American Conference for Irish Studies Records
Stephanie Hall
July 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States