The Irish in New York Oral History Project
The Queens College Irish Studies Program is pleased to embark upon an unprecedented oral history of the Irish and Irish-Americans who emigrated to or settled and grew up in New York in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We hope to capture the enormously interesting and often challenging lives these men and women forged for themselves, as new arrivals, support system go-betweens, business owners, businesspeople, bartenders, nannies, construction workers, politicians, housewives, artists and writers, gangsters, policemen and firemen: in short, the lives of those who contributed so much to the life of the city today.
Under the directorship of Eileen Sprague, and the aegis of Queens College and Queens Library, we are working to capture these individuals’ memories, many of which will be digitally available on our websites. The material will also be archived at Queens College for the purpose of future scholarly research. Podcasts will also be made of these interviews, beginning with “A Life Across the Ocean” which will highlight the lives of an older generation who made the journey into the unknown in throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s.