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Stephen O'Farrell scrapbook and diary: manuscript

 Collection — Volume: 1
Collection MS-2018-016: Stephen O'Farrell scrapbook and diary: manuscript


  • Creation: 1942 - 1948

Scope and Contents

Wartime diary and scrapbook, apparently maintained by Irishman Stephen O'Farrell (Stiofan O Fearghail), based on cards and envelopes addressed to him. Contains newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, drawings and over 150 pages of manuscript diary entries covering the period 1942-1946. Includes details of the compiler's service with Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil (Local Defense Force, or LDF), an account of events in Dublin on May 8, 1945 (the date of German capitulation), Irish elections and political campaigns, drawings of Irish Army and Navy insignia, and gardening. Laid in are some original letters, including one from Dr. Pat McCartan dated July 27, 1945, and a note from German ambassador E. Hempel, dated May 17, 1948. At front is a handwritten index to subjects.


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Restrictions on access

Open for research.

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.

Biographical / Historical

Irish Army Reservist. Stephen O'Farrell was an Irishman who maintained a diary and scrapbook of his experiences as an Army Reservist in Ireland during the Second World War.


1 Volumes : illustrations (photographs, photomechanical reproductions, drawings) ; 33 x 22 cm


Purchased from Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in 2018.

Materials Specific Details

Album bound in original red half leather, with gilt-stamped title on spine: Minute Book.

Stephen O'Farrell Scrapbook and Diary: Manuscript
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2019 August 20
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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