Robert Brennan Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleRobert Brennan Papers
Archive ReferenceIE DuNL MS/ 49,686
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1891-1979
Extent Medium4 boxes


Creator(s): Brennan, Robert, 1881-1964

  • Administrative History ↴

    Robert Brennan, Republican, journalist, author and diplomat.
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was purchased by the National Library of Ireland in 2000
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Brennan, Robert, 1881-1964 ↴

    This collection relates to Brennan’s career in Irish politics and public life from his early involvement in Sinn Féin in his native Co. Wexford, his participation in the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy and subsequent imprisonment in jails in both Ireland and Britain, his association with various newspapers including ‘The Irish Press’, his diplomatic career in Washington from 1934 to 1947 and his appointment as director of Radio Éireann. Also included are drafts of his writings (predominantly his short stories), cuttings featuring his published contributions to ‘Ireland Own’ and some correspondence and documentation relating to his plays ‘Bystander’ and ‘Good Night Mr. O’Donnell’ and autobiography ‘Allegiance’ (1950). The papers also contain photographs (both early 20th century studio portraits and press photographs featuring Brennan at public events), fragmentary material relating to Brennan’s children (including letters of sympathy sent to his children following his death) and newscuttings.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged as follows: I. Literary Papers II. Political Activism and Career III. Directorship of Radio Éireann V. Family Papers VI. Photographs VII. Books and Printings VIII. Miscellaneous Papers.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 2000, this collection remains in copyright. It is necessary to obtain the express permission of the copyright owner before reproducing any material from this collection.
Creation Dates1891-1979
Extent Medium4 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish and Irish
Finding Aids An item level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialThere are additional Robert Brennan Papers held in the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library of Ireland, see MS 49,753/1-13 and MS L 356.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFiona Hughes
Rules/ConventionsNLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Date of Descriptions41944