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Tom O'Flaherty Collection

Identifier: MSE/IR 1082

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 13 letters and 26 folders of typescripts and manuscripts.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1935


Language of Materials


Language of Materials

Collection material in Irish and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Tom O'Flaherty (Tomás Ó Flaithearta, 1889-1936) was born and grew up on the Aran Island of Inis Mór, and emigrated to America in 1912. He was the older brother of writer Liam O'Flaherty (1896-1984). He spent twenty-one years in America, working as a journalist, and editor, and an organizer in Labor and Communist organizations. He was involved in the American edition of the Irish Worker and founding editor of the Voice of Labor. He was on the editorial staff of the weekly Worker and later Daily Worker and also contributed articles to Political Affairs and the Labor Defender.He visited Russia twice and was a founding member of the Communist League of America. In 1934 he returned to Ireland and published two collections of stories, Aranmen All (1934) and Cliffmen of the West(1936). He was one of the founding editors of An t-Éireannach, an Irish-language socialist newspaper.He died in 1936.

In his Irish-language writing, he is usually known as Tomás Ó Flaithearta, and some of his American writing is written under the name T. J. O'Flaherty.

For biographical essays, see Lawrence William White, "O'Flaherty, Thomas" in the Dictionary of Irish Biography(Cambridge, 2009), and Diarmuid Breathnach and Máire Ní Mhurchú, "Tomás Ó Flaithearta (1890-1936)" in ( For an account of O'Flaherty's work with An t-Éireannach, see Éamon Ó Ciosáin, An t-Éireannach 1934-1937: Páipéar Sóisialach Gaeltachta (1993).


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A collection of papers of Tom O'Flaherty including manuscript and typescript fiction and autobiography, and letters, all apparently written from 1933 to 1935.


Material is arranged with letters first, followed by Irish language manuscripts, followed by English-language typescripts and manuscripts.

Tom O'Flaherty Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556