Irish American Heritage Month
In March, the National Archives celebrates the contributions of Irish Americans in our nation’s history during Irish American Heritage Month. In his 2019 Presidential Proclamation, President Donald J. Trump said:
During Irish-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the indispensable contributions Irish Americans have made to every chapter of our Nation’s history. Generations of Irish immigrants have carried to our shores character, culture, and values that continue to play pivotal roles in the strength and success of America.
Arguably, the most famous Irish American in our holdings is President John F. Kennedy. Learn more about Kennedy and his life from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The library houses about 24 million pages of documents and over 15,000 sound recordings.
Read President Kennedy’s address to the Irish Parliament in 1963.
Articles and Blog Posts
National Archives News: National Archives Digital Records Help Irish Author Write History Books
Pieces of History: Facial Hair Friday: When Irish Mustaches Are Smiling
Prologue: Ireland’s Famine Children “Born at Sea”
Text Message: Irish American Heroes
The Unwritten Record: This Week in Universal News: NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 1967
President Ronald Reagan speaks to citizens of Ballyporeen, Ireland, 1984. View in National Archives Catalog
President John F. Kennedy's notorcade through Cork, Ireland, 1963. View in National Archives Catalog
The 165th infantry leaving New York for Camp Mills, August 1917. View in National Archives Catalog
The Irish population of New York turned out to greet Sons of Erin in their annual St. Patrick's Day parade, 1919. View in National Archives Catalog
From the Presidential Libraries
Immigration Records: The National Archives has immigration records for arrivals to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and 1982. The records are arranged by Port of Arrival.
- Famine Irish Passenger Record Data File (FIPAS), 1/12/1846 - 12/31/1851
- List of Ships that Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, 1/12/1846 - 12/31/1851
Naturalization Records: Naturalization records can provide a researcher with information such as a person's birth date and location, occupation, immigration year, marital status and spouse information, witnesses' names and addresses, and more.
Military Records: The National Archives holds Federal military service records from the Revolutionary War to 1912 in Washington, DC. Military records from WWI to the present are held in the National Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO.
Ask questions and find answers at the History Hub. The History Hub is an online support community for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates.
Historian and archaeologist Damian Shiels researched Civil War pension records to craft the stories of 35 Irish families whose lives were emblematic of the nature of the Irish emigrant experience.