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Daniel O’Connell Collection

Identifier: MSE/IR 1007

Scope and Contents

Letters written by Daniel O’Connell to various recipients during the 1830s-1840s, a brief newspaper article, and one black-and-white portrait. Two letters date from 1843, O’Connell’s hoped-for “year of repeal,” and relay information about that movement.


  • Creation: 1835 - 1894


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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

Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) was a leading Irish lawyer and politician, known as "The Liberator" for his work on behalf of the rights of Catholics. Considered one of the greatest political leaders of the nineteenth century, he achieved Catholic Emancipation and became the first Catholic MP in the British Government. He also led a campaign to repeal the Union of Great Britain and Ireland, in which he was unsuccessful. O'Connell was an outspoken critic of slavery.


.5 Cubic Feet (6 folders)

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Related Materials

MS 49,850, Papers relating to the O'Connell family and Derrynane House, 1773-1931, National Library of Ireland; and IE UCDA P12, Papers of Daniel O’Connell (1775–1847), University College Dublin Archives.

Jennifer Brcka
July 15, 2022
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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