Emmet J. Larkin papers
- 1610 - 2012
- Majority of material found within 1949 - 2012
Scope and Contents
Professional and personal papers of Emmet J. Larkin, a long-time Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Chicago. Larkin’s principal interest was the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland in the nineteenth century and his work in that area is reflected in several series: research materials in church archives; research materials in the archives of religious orders; drafts of books; drafts and copies of other writings; and records of grants. There are also records of Larkin’s involvement in the American Conference for Irish Studies. The collection includes documentation of Larkin’s college and graduate work and his teaching and professional commitments. Reflecting the relationships he built with other scholars through his teaching are audio recordings given to Larkin by Peggy M. Walsh, an Irish history professor and former student who traveled to Ireland to interview individuals who had been involved in the Irish independence movement between 1916-1923. Extensive correspondence reflects all of Larkin’s activities.
- Larkin, Emmet J., 1927- (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection is mostly in English, with some materials in Latin and Italian.
Restrictions on access
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.
Restrictions on 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.
Emmet J. Larkin was born in New York, May 19, 1927. His mother was Irish and though his father was born in Chicago his family returned to Galway and he fought for Irish independence. Larkin graduated from Seward Park High School, served as a corporal in the United States Army (1945-1946), and attended New York University (B.A. 1950). He received his Master of Arts degree in history from Columbia University in 1951 and PhD from the same institution in 1957. While at Columbia, Larkin taught evening courses at Brooklyn College and spent a year at the London School of Economics on a Fulbright scholarship.
Larkin's dissertation was expanded into his first book, James Larkin, Irish labor Leader, 1876-1947. Larkin taught at Brooklyn College for three years. In 1960 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he taught courses in European, British, and Irish history. While at MIT, Larkin organized Irish cultural programs and became acquainted with his Irish Studies mentor, John V. Kelleher of Harvard University. He also met Diane Willey whom he married in 1966 and they had two daughters, Heather and Siobhan.
In 1966 Larkin moved to the University of Chicago, as an Associate Professor. He taught courses and seminars in British and Irish history and engaged research, writing, and other professorial work. Larkin's research for a history of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland began in 1958 with visits to archives in Rome, London, and Dublin. Larkin pursued research on the parish movement and devotional revolution in Ireland (1850-1880) and other related subjects for over forty years, receiving many grants for travel, research, and publication.
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. He presented papers at many conferences. Larkin was also active in other organizations, including the Labor Seminar at Columbia University, the Mid-West Conference on British Studies, and the Illinois Humanities Council. He was an editor or editorial advisor for several scholarly journals and served as an advisor for television programs on Irish history.
Larkin received honors including: a Government of Ireland Cabinet Citation (1981), an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland (1987), and a festschrift, Piety and Power in Ireland, 1760-1960: Essays in Honour of Emmet Larkin (2000). Over the course of his career, Larkin wrote or edited thirteen books, including: The Roman Catholic Church and the Creation of the Modern Irish State, 1878-1888; The Historical Dimensions of Irish Catholicism; and The Pastoral Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Pre-Famine Ireland, 1750-1850.
Larkin retired from the University of Chicago in 2006. He died March 19, 2012 at the age of 84.
Brown, Stewart J., and David W. Miller, eds. Piety and Power in Ireland, 1760-1960: Essays in Honour of Emmet Larkin. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000.
Harms, William. "Emmet Larkin, prominent scholar of Irish history, 1927-2012." UChicago News (2012 March 27). https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/03/27/emmet-larkin-prominent-scholar-irish-history-1927-2012
Larkin, Emmet. “Archival Odyssey.” New Hibernia Review, 1, no. 2 (Summer 1997).
Larkin, Emmet. “The Parish Mission Movement, 1850-1880." In Christianity in Ireland: Revisiting the Story, edited by Brendan Bradshaw and Daire Keogh. Dublin: Columba Press, 2002.
79.5 Linear Feet (72 containers)
75 Gigabytes (54 files with approximately 39 hours of audio)
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 oral history interviews of men and women involved in the Irish independence movement between 1916-1923, given to Larkin by Peggy M. Walsh, an Irish history professor and former student of Larkin's.
The collection is arranged into thirteen series:
I. American Conference for Irish Studies, II. Archdiocesan and diocesan research material, III. Biographical, IV. Correspondence, V. Course work, VI. Grants, VII. Photographs, VIII. Professional activities, IX. Religious Orders research material, X. United Kingdom Foreign Office research material, XI. Teaching, XII. Works by others, and XIII. Writings.
Several series of research material are largely made up of photocopies from archives and libraries. Among these are the photocopies of the Irish Catholic directories (found in series II, subseries H).
Gift of Dianne Larkin, May 2012.
Existence and Location of Originals
The research materials in Series II, IX, and XIII consist of photocopies from the following archives: the foreign office of the United Kingdom; the Irish College in Rome; the Roman Catholic archdiocese and diocese of Armagh, Cashel, Dublin, and Tuam; the National Library of Ireland; and the archives of the religious orders in series IX.
Published material was transferred within the Burns Library and may be found in the Boston College Library catalog.
Works by Emmet J. Larkin
- James Larkin: Irish Labour Leader, 1876-1947. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1965.
- The Roman Catholic Church and the Creation of the Modern Irish State, 1878-1886. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1975.
- The Historical Dimensions of Irish Catholicism. New York: Arno Press, 1976.
- The Roman Catholic Church and the Plan of Campaign in Ireland, 1886-1888. Cork: Cork University Press, 1978.
- The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland and the Fall of Parnell, 1888-1891. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1979.
- The Making of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, 1850-1860. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980.
- The Consolidation of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, 1860-1870. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.
- The Roman Catholic Church and the Home Rule Movement in Ireland, 1870-1874. New York: Gill and Macmillan, 1990.
- The Roman Catholic Church and the Emergence of the Modern Irish Political System, 1874-1878. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996.
- The Pastoral Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Pre-Famine Ireland, 1750-1850. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2006.
- Tocqueville, Alexis de. Alexis de Tocqueville's Journey in Ireland, July-August, 1835. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1990. Editor.
- With Herman Freudenberger. A Redemptorist Missionary in Ireland, 1851-1854: Memoirs by Joseph Prost. Cork: Cork University Press, 1998. Editor.
These materials were originally processed into standard archival document boxes and later consolidated into larger record cartons to allow for offsite storage. Folders retain their original box and folder numbers, and therefor this information has been made available along with the carton number in the container list.
- Writings by others that were sent to Larkin, including essays, manuscripts, reviews, etc.
- Audio and video cassettes, microfilm, floppy disks, cd-rom, and other non-print media. Includes Irish Heritage documentary series on video and audio recordings of research notes.
- Letters of recommendation, financial records, student transcripts, oral exam evaluations.
- Index cards used to record research notes, transcribe correspondence.
- Publications: The Clergy Review (Apr 1973) 1 issue Berlin map unannotated The North American Conference on British Studies Midwest Conference program (October 1996) A Catalogue to an Exhibition of Notable Books and Manuscripts from the Collections of the University of Chicago Library Prepared for the Dedication of the Joesph Regenstein Library (1970) University of Chicago Fact Book Harvester Microfilm Complete Catalogue (1984-1985) 1986 History Catalog Longwood Publishing Group, Inc. Villa Cagnola, una casa, una storia (2001) La Gazzada (2000) First Stage: A Quarterly of New Drama (Vol. 1, No 3, 1962) History at Chicago: Dept. of History, University of Chicago (1995-1997) University of Chicago Faculty Handbook (1999) University of Chicago Library Guide to Microfilm Sources... (1996) The Atlantic (July 1961) Due Mondi (Oct 14, 1984) The Columbia University Forum (Vol IX No 2, 1966) PSA: The New Official Publication of the Pirandello Society of America (Vol 3, 1987) The Modern Ireland Bulletin (Vol 3, No 1, 1996) The Proceedings of the Disraeli Colloquium (April 1978) University of Chicago Department of History newsletter (1976, 1993) Study Sessions : The Canadian Catholic Historical Association (1968) Perspectives on History (6 issues) Human Energy and Work in a European Village (offprint 1998) University of Chicago History Department meeting agenda and attached CVs College yearbook
- Emmet J. Larkin Papers
- 1685-2012 (bulk 1949-2010)
- Lily Connolly, Emily O'Day, Lauren Gray, Ben Clarke, Mark Shanely, Trista Doyle, Matthew Messer, Lauren Wilwerding, Erica Foss, Michael Burns, and David Horn
- August 2014
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- 2018 May 2: Finding aid updated to include research photocopies of the Irish Catholic Directory with permission from the National Library of Ireland.
- 2020: Finding aid updated to include oral history interviews of people involved in the Irish independence movement between 1916-1923, given to Larkin by Peggy M. Walsh.