The Society for Irish Latin American
announces the creation of its Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection.
Eighty-five years ago, historian Thomas Murray called for the
collection of 'historical material that lies about in old family
archives, and half forgotten official records, as well in old
pamphlets and periodicals which have not found their way into the
public libraries, but still exist in out-of-the-way places' (The Story
of the Irish in Argentina, 1919). By donating or depositing with SILAS's Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection you can contribute
to the preservation of Irish heritage and aid historical research on
relations between Ireland and Latin America.
Liverpool, April 15th, 1844.
Dear Father and ever affectionate Mother,
I am happy to make known to you that our fortunes have not
turned out as we expected but have made a greater progress to
our happiness that we expected.
(Anastasia Joyce Papers)
SILAS has signed a twenty-five years repository contract
with the Max von Buch Library of
Universidad de San Andrés (Buenos
Aires). This library provides optimal security and technical
conditions for documents and rare books belonging to SILAS, its Members
and friends. The library staff is trained to preserve records using the latest
available technology. Furthermore, the Max von Buch Library has been
collecting a number of invaluable holdings of the British and Irish
communities in Argentina, including among others the most complete
collection of the Standard newspaper in existence in a public library
(1861-1959), the Cecilia Grierson Papers (1859-1934), and the records
of 'The Strangers Club' of Buenos Aires (1841-1981). To this, SILAS
added the Anastasia Joyce Papers (1844-1881)
donated by Mary Anglim, including the letters to Martin Murphy of Co.
Now you can donate or lend on deposit your family letters,
photographs, diaries and other documents related to the Irish in Latin
America, thus contributing to the preservation of our heritage and
Jack Murphy (Anastasia Joyce Papers)
The Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection
Collect and preserve all kinds of archival material relevant to the
history of the Irish in Latin America. Records are accepted in most
formats, provided that proper equipment exists for research use.
Records may include, for example, manuscript and printed material,
family papers, maps and plans, photographs, films and sound
Provide adequate and appropriate conditions for the storage, security
and preservation of archival materials.
Arrange and describe the records according to archival principles and
make them available to bona fide researchers, unless access is
restricted by institutional or legal requirements or by written
agreements with donors and depositors.
Facilitate research on the history of the Irish in Latin America
through the provision of a reference service and appropriate
facilities for the consultation of archives.
Promote awareness and use of the Manuscripts and Rare Books
Materials are normally acquired in the following ways:
Donation of materials. This may be offered to the SILAS, or actively
solicited by the Society.
Deposit on loan. Donations are preferred to deposits on loan but loans
may be accepted subject to the conditions of accession listed below.
Conditions of accession:
Donations accepted become the exclusive and absolute property of the
Donations and deposits on loan will only be accepted if covered by a
contractual agreement between the SILAS and the donor or depositor.
Records will be available for public reference immediately or as soon
as is practicable (subject to any written restrictions agreed between
the donor or depositor and the SILAS).