Robert Briscoe Papers

Repository: National Library of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleRobert Briscoe Papers
Archive ReferenceIE leDuNL MS/ 26,442-26,673
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Datesca1799-1981
Extent Medium22 boxes (231 folders)


Creator(s): Briscoe, Robert, 1894-1969

  • Administrative History ↴

    Robert Briscoe, politician, Zionist, Republican and businessman.
  • Archival History ↴

  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Briscoe, Robert, 1894-1969 ↴

    The collection largely contains the business and political correspondence of Robert Briscoe.

    Business papers relate to Briscoe’s interest in importation and exportation, particularly food but including other items such as watches, fur and parking meters. The papers also illustrate his interest in overseas trade and developing Irish industry, such as sugar and cigarette manufacture.

    Political papers concern Briscoe’s career as a Fianna Fáil T.D. and includes election, cumainn and Ard Fheis material. Documents also relate to his tenure as Dublin Lord Mayor, including invitations to attend social events and material in relation to his mayoral tour of America. In fact, the collection houses a substantial amount of correspondence and news cuttings from American individuals and businesses.

    The collection contains some constituency correspondence in relation to housing and employment as well as correspondence from various charitable, educational, health and religious organisations.

    Personal material includes Briscoe’s Fianna Fáil membership card, appointments diary and passports belonging to him and his wife, Lillie.

    The collection houses papers relating to Jewish affairs, including Jewish immigration, Jews in Palestine, Zion schools, kosher meat, Jews in Poland, the housing of Jewish children in Ireland and social events concerning Jewish groups and societies, such as the Talmudico-Philosophical Society.

    Notable correspondents featured in the collection include Éamon de Valera, Seán T. O’Ceallaigh, Peadar O’Donnell, Dan Breen, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, Margaret Pearse, Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged to folder level

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access with a valid National Library of Ireland reader's ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionReproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.
Creation Datesca1799-1981
Extent Medium22 boxes (231 folders)
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids A folder level catalogue is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialRobert Briscoe Additional Papers, ca. 1932-1966, are located at MS 49,995. These papers (2 boxes containing 34 folders) were originally NFC 109 and include correspondence from various individuals to Robert Briscoe concerning representation for housing, welfare assistance and employment. Correspondents in the collection include Frank Gallagher, Charles J. Haughey, Sean McEntee, Neil Blaney and Jack Lynch.

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 Descriptions42186