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Denis Aloysius McCarthy papers

Collection MS-1986-166: Denis Aloysius McCarthy papers


  • Creation: 1901 - 1931

Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence primarily between McCarthy and wife Ruphine and his daughter, Rufina, which also includes a few drafts of his poems. Much of his correspondence to Ruphine comes from his time in Washington, D.C. serving on the Knights of Columbus Supreme Board of Directors, Committee on War Activities, between 1918-1919. Also includes printed copies of poems and addresses by McCarthy, as well as some promotional material and articles about McCarthy and his works. There are also programs from events which he addended, some at which he was also a featured speaker. His addresses include one he gave when receiving his honorary doctorate of laws from Boston College.


Restrictions on access

Collection is 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 Note

Denis Aloysius McCarthy was in born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland on July 25, 1871. He attended the Christian Brothers School before he emigrated to the United States at fifteen. He originally settled in Boston, Massachusetts and then moved to Omaha, Nebraska when he was nineteen. While in Omaha he wrong his first poem "When Mother Sleeps," which was published under an assumed name in the Omaha World-Herald.

Upon returning to Boston he published other poems in the Boston Globe's "Under the Rose" column. He became the editor of the Sacred Heart Review, a Catholic periodical with wide distribution in New England. He also lectured frequently, often on educational topics, and received an honorary doctorate of laws from Boston College in 1922. During World War I he was participated in the Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities in Washington.

In 1901 he married Ruphine Antonia Morris of Charlestown, Massachusetts and they had a daughter, Rufina. One of his most famous poems was "This is the Land Where Hate Should Die" which emphasized his strong feelings of American patriotism. Some of his other poetic works include "America First," "A Song for the Flag," "Daddies and Laddies," and "A Round of Rimes."

He died in Arlington, Massachusetts on August 18, 1931.


Boston Globe. "Denis A. McCarthy, Poet, Lecturer, Dead." August 19, 1931.

McCarthy, Denis Aloysius, 1871-1931. Dictionary of North American Authors, 1951.


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Papers documenting the life of early twentieth-century Irish-American poet, author, and lecturer Denis Aloysius McCarthy. Includes correspondence, and printed copies of his poems, articles, and addresses.




Gift of Rufina McCarthy Helmer in 1984.

Denis Aloysius McCarthy Papers
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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