CollectionMichael Hayes Papers
Collection DescriptionThe collection documents the career and public life of Michael Hayes, 1889-1976, including his period as Minister for Education in the 2nd Dáil, 1922, his chairmanship of the Civil Service Commission, 1923-1932, and his years at University College, Dublin.

A (Dáil Éireann and Irish Free State): Includes copy of a letter of 25 April 1922 from Margaret Pearse, Kathleen Clarke, Cáit Bean Mhichil Uí Cheallacháin, Eithne Inglis and Máire Nic Suibhne to all TDs, urging opposition to the Treaty (P53/37); Memorandum on the objections of the Catholic Truth Society to amendments relating to birth control information tabled to the Censorship of Publications Bill 1928 (P53/65).

B (Hayes's internment in Ballykinlar): Includes a letter from the Hibernian Bank to Hayes relating to the authorisation for Mrs Hayes to sign cheques on his behalf (P53/85); also letters from Mary Kate Ryan, Mary Kate O'Kelly, Assistant in French, University College Dublin, relating to academic and political matters, Eileen Lynch, University College Cork, and 2 letters and a card from May Hayes to her husband (P53/91/93/98/97/102/103).

C (Minister for Education, 1922-1923): Includes letter from Cáit O'Kelly relating to arrangements for taking Hayes's classes during his absence (P53/128).

D (Irish Race Congress, Paris, 1922): Includes letter and postcard from Hayes to May Hayes (P53/141/142).

F (Arthur Griffith): Includes material on the financial position of Maud Griffith, Arthur Griffith's widow (P53/208/209/214), also 2 letters (1972) from Virginia Glandon, Kansas City, USA, relating to her research for a study of Arthur Griffith (P53/228).

H (Correspondence): Includes a letter, 1951, from Liam O'Briain, University College Galway, referring to the Mother and Child Scheme ('When [Noel] Browne talked of pre-natal education (that blasted word education!) it was clear he meant to have nothing whatever morally objectionable but merely giving ordinary advice such as doctors are giving ... everyday') (P53/263).

Also letter from Joan Burke and May Cosgrave, sisters of W.T. Cosgrave, on the latter's death in 1965 (P53/278), a collection of letters from Hayes to May Hayes, written from the USA (1925) and while attending conferences in London and Ontario (1948-1949) (P53/282/283), and 4 files of correspondence on employment, including 7 letters from Agnes McGrane relating to the dismissal of civil servants for political reasons, and 2 from Patricia Hoey, seeking reinstatement as a civil servant (P53/290).

I (Research and writing): Includes letters from Phillis Bean Uí Cheallaigh, Margery Forester, Brigid Hogan O'Higgins and Catherine Donohoe (P53/333/336/351/353); also obituary of Agnes Ryan, founder of Cumann na mBan in Belfast and copy of an obituary of May Hayes (P53/390).

J (National University of Ireland and University College Dublin, 1919-1975): Includes letter, 1921 from Mary Ryan, University College Cork, relating to the teaching of languages (P53/437).

There are 15 boxes.

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