CollectionKathleen O'Connell Papers
Collection DescriptionCorrespondence and other papers concerning Kathleen O’Connell’s role as private secretary to Éamon de Valera, mainly letters from him while in prison during the Civil War or abroad for various purposes: on publicity and fund-raising trips to the USA, 1927, 1929–30; in Geneva for the General Assembly of the League of Nations, 1935, 1938; on his anti-Partition round- the-world tour with Frank Aiken, March–June 1948; at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, 1949, 1950; on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 1950; and while in Geneva and later Utrecht for treatment and surgery due to his increasingly problematic eye condition, 1936, 1951, 1952. Diaries and journals, memoirs and memorabilia, press cuttings and photographs. A descriptive list is available (see link).
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Content and structure:

A. Correspondence and other papers concerning Kathleen O’Connell as private secretary to Eamon de Valera, 1919-55

B. Personal and other correspondence, 1919-55

C. Diaries and Journals

         a. Individual diaries and journals, 1921-53

         b. Series of pocket diaries, 1933-46

         c. Series of desk diaries, 1947-55

D. Papers concerning her career and Military Service Pension, 1935-54

E. Memoirs and Memorabilia, 1888-1956

F. Press cuttings, 1921-56

G. Photographs, 1912-56

AccessBy prior appointment.
Century19th, 20th

This collection was deposited in the Franciscan Library Killiney by Miss O’Connell’s niece, Miss Marie Ní Cheallaigh. It was subsequently transferred to UCD Archives in July 1997 as part of the OFM-UCD partnership agreement.

Access: Non-Franciscan private paper collection subject to the terms of the OFM-UCD partnership agreement. Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in microform.

Repository NameUCD Archives
AddressJames Joyce Library UCD Belfield Dublin 4
EircodeD04 R7R0
Telephone(01) 716-7555
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