The Sullivan Barry Collection

Repository: Special Collections & Archives, Boole Library, University College Cork

Identity Statement

TitleThe Sullivan Barry Collection
Archive ReferenceIE BL/PP/SB
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/genealogy-cork-waterford-family-history-research-irish-ancestry-my-story
Creation Dates1870-1898
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium27 items

Context

Creator(s): Members of the Sullivan family

  • Administrative History ↴

    These papers are named after the Sullivan and Barry families who wrote and received the documents preserved in the collection. They relate to the late nineteenth-century experience of emigration among Sullivan siblings and cousins, Mary Barry and Mary Conway. Though the amount of direct information about the extended family is limited, the father of the two main correspondents, Denis and Hanorah Sullivan, was widowed before their departure.
  • Archival History ↴

    IE/BL/PP/SB is the Sullivan Barry Collection held in UCC Library and donated by John and Patricia Barry in 2013.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Donation

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Members of the Sullivan family ↴

    These papers consist of twenty-four letters and three miscellaneous items. The letters were written in the United States of America by Denis Sullivan (10 letters); Hanorah Sullivan (6); Mary Barry (2); Annie Sullivan (1); Nora Sullivan (1); Mary Conway (1); and Jeremiah Sullivan (1). The remaining two letters are unsigned. The three miscellaneous items – a receipt, a list of accounts and a prescription – were written in Ireland. The subject matter of the correspondence relates to economic and social history. Topics include emigration, employment in east coast and mid-west of the United States, Irish emigrant community, economic conditions for women and men, wages, severe weather, travel, religious belief, clothing, diet, agriculture, and literacy. The correspondents often comment on the considerable gaps of time between their letters. Within the Sullivan family, the spelling of different forenames is frequently similar. When quoting from specific letters, the descriptive list retains the colloquial spellings and changes to the wording as shown in the original document.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is listed in chronological order.

Conditions of Access & Use

Conditions Governing ReproductionReprographic requests for manuscripts & archival material via specialcollectionsarchives@ucc.ie
Creation Dates1870-1898
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium27 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish.
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Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Date of Descriptions2014