Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish famine collection housed by Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN Quinnipiac University offers one of the most comprehensive collections of materials on Ireland’s Great Hunger, or An Gorta Mor, in the world.
Between 1845 and 1850, about 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases as a result of one of the century’s worst famine disasters. By 1855, more than 2 million people had emigrated from Ireland, fleeing the famine.
The university encourages the community to visit its collection, which includes traditional and digital books, original hand-written records, images and artwork housed in the Lender Special Collection Room in the Arnold Bernhard Library.
The public can tour the collection Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday from 12-8 p.m.
Anyone interested in the collection for scholarly or research purposes is asked to schedule an appointment with Charles Getchell, director of the Arnold Bernhard Library, at 203-582-8631 or via e-mail at
Additional resources are available online at

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