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Guide to the Tomás de Bhaldraithe Collection

MSE/IR 1401

 

Collection Summary

Title: Tomás de Bhaldraithe Collection
Dates: 1916-1990
Collection No.: MSE/IR 1401
Creator: de Bhaldraithe, Tomás, 1916-1990
Extent: 2 boxes of textual materials and 4 bound manuscripts (2 linear feet)
Language: Collection material in English, Irish, French and German
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Correspondence, notes and theses from the collection of Tomás de Bhaldraithe, Irish scholar and lexicographer.

Selected Search Terms

Irish language
de Bhaldraithe, Tomás (1916-1996)
Ó Cadhain,Máirtín (1906-1970)

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: Tomás de Bhaldraithe Collection, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: Acquired as part of a large collection of books from the collection of Tomás de Bhaldraithe, purchased in 2000 from Cathach Books in Dublin.

Biographical Note

Tomás de Bhaldraithe, born in Ireland in 1916, was a leading scholar in Irish language and literature. He carried out intensive research on the dialect of the Cois Fharraige Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking region west of Galway city, and published The Irish of Cois Fhairrge, Co. Galway: A Phonetic Study (1945)andGaeilge Chois Fhairrge: An Deilbhíocht (1953). His Ph.D. thesis (1942) was also on this subject.

From 1943 until his retirement in 1986, de Bhaldraithe was on the faculty of University College Dublin, holding the chair of Modern Irish Language and Literature from 1960 to 1978. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and he served on the board of the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. At UCD, he founded the Archive of Irish Dialects.

He is most widely known for his English-Irish dictionary, published in 1959 with a later expanded and revised edition published in 1978. His extensive work developing the RIA's word database, as general editor of the RIA's historical dictionary of Modern Irish and as advisory editor on the Irish-English dictionary edited by Niall Ó Dónaill (1977)are part of his considerable work on the Irish language.

As a literary scholar, he published an edited collection of Irish short stories, Nuascéalaíocht (1952), two collections of short stories by Pádraic Ó Conaire, Scothscéalta (1956) and Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach (1967), Cín Lae Amhlaoibh (1970) and Seanchas Thomáis Laighléis (1977).

Máirtín Ó Cadhain (1906-1970) was a native of Spiddal in the Cois Fharraige Gaeltacht of Galway. He is considered the most important writer of prose in the Irish language. His novel, Cré na Cille won the Oireachtas award for 1947. He published a number of collections of short stories and many essays. From 1956 to 1969 he was on the faculty of Trinity College Dublin, as a lecturer and later as Professor of Irish.

Scope and Content Note

The Tomás de Bhaldraithe Collection includes 54 items, ranging in date from 1939 to 1985. It includes 10 theses, 3 letters from Máirtín Ó Cadhain to de Bhaldraithe, 1 letter from Máire Mhac an tSaoi to de Bhaldraithe, materials relating to academic positions for both de Bhaldraithe and Ó Cadhain, manuscript lists of words from Ó Cadhain's writings, and press cuttings and lectures regarding Ó Cadhain.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized with correspondence and material relating to Tomás de Bhaldraithe first, followed by correspondence and material relating to Máirtín Ó Cadhain, followed by writing, including theses, by other writers.

Container List

  • Tomás de Bhaldraithe, Application for professorship of modern Irish language and literature, University College Dublin, 1960. Printed booklet including letter of application, curriculum vitae, and supporting letters. 1960. Folder 1 (MSE/IR 1401-1).
    1 booklet.
    • Letter. Máire Mhac an tSaoi to Tomás de Bhaldraithe, with manuscript concerning the poetry of Gearóid Iarla. Undated. Folder 2 (MSE/IR 1401-2).
      ALS, 1 page; ms. 4 pages.
      • Tomás de Bhaldraithe, published articles. 1943 Folder 3 (MSE/IR 1401-3).
        2 booklets.
        • Tomás de Bhaldraithe, 'Cainteannaí Chois Fhairrge.' [Speech from Cois Fhairrge]. With handwritten marginalia. 1943. Folder 4 (MSE/IR 1401-4).
          1 booklet.
          • Tomás de Bhaldraithe, published articles. 'Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin'; 'Nótaí'. circa 1970. Folder 5 (MSE/IR 1401-5).
            Photocopy.
            • ALS. Máirtín Ó Cadhain to Tomás de Bhaldraithe, with manuscript notes on language. Undated. Folder 6 (MSE/IR 1401-6).
              ALS, 2 pages; ms. 6 pages.
              • ALS. Máirtín Ó Cadhain to Tomás de Bhaldraithe. Undated. Folder 7 (MSE/IR 1401-7).
                ALS, 1 page.
                • ALS. Máirtín Ó Cadhain to Tomás de Bhaldraithe. 28 June 1959. Folder 8 (MSE/IR 1401-8).
                  ALS, 1 page.
                  • Ó Cadhain, Máirtín:Materials on position at Trinity College Dublin. 1967-1969. Folder 9 (MSE/IR 1401-9).
                    5 items.
                    • Ó Cadhain, Máirtín:Bound collection of photocopied clippings relating to Máirtín Ó Cadhain. 1969-1973 Bound Mss. 10-B (MSE/IR 1401-10-B).
                      1 bound manuscript.
                      • Lectures on Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 11 (MSE/IR 1401-11).
                        4 items.
                        • 'Caint an Dr.Tomás de Bhaldraithe'. Draft of a speech given by Tomás de Bhaldraithe on Máirtín Ó Cadhain. 1972. Folder 12 (MSE/IR 1401-12).
                          4 pages.
                          • Newspaper clippings on Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 13 (MSE/IR 1401-13).
                            1 clipping; 1 photocopy.
                            • Teanga an Chadhnaigh. Text of a lecture on the language of Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 14 (MSE/IR 1401-14).
                              Typescript; 21 pages.
                              • 'Do na Firéin'. Article from Comhar, with correspondence. 1962 Folder 15 (MSE/IR 1401-15).
                                Photocopy.
                                • Ó Cadhain, Máirtín:An gearrscéal sa nGaeilge [The short story in Irish]. Undated. Folder 16 (MSE/IR 1401-16).
                                  Typescript; 9 pages.
                                  • Notes on vocabulary in works by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 17 (MSE/IR 1401-17).
                                    Manuscripts; 6 items.
                                    • Notes on vocabulary in works by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 18 (MSE/IR 1401-18).
                                      Manuscripts; 2 items.
                                      • Notes on vocabulary in works by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 19 (MSE/IR 1401-19).
                                        Manuscripts; 3 items.
                                        • Notes on vocabulary in works by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 20 (MSE/IR 1401-20).
                                          Manuscripts; 2 items.
                                          • Notes on vocabulary in works by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Undated. Folder 21 (MSE/IR 1401-21).
                                            Manuscripts; 4 items.
                                            • Ó Cadhain, Máirtín: A pipe of tobacco. Undated. Folder 22 (MSE/IR 1401-22).
                                              Typescript; 12 pages.
                                              • Armstrong, John. Introduction to the syntax of Modern Irish. Thesis. 1973. Folder 23 (MSE/IR 1401-23).
                                                Thesis, typescript.
                                                • Bradfield, Denis W. Tráchtas ar croí chainte Chiarraí le Seán Óg Ó Caomhánaigh [Sess5;n an Chóta]. [A theses on the heart of Kerry speech by Seán Óg Ó Caomhánaigh]. 1960. Folder 24 (MSE/IR 1401-24).
                                                  Thesis, typescript.
                                                  • Breathnach, Risteárd. Gaedhilg Cho. Chille Coinnigh [The Irish of County Kilkenny]. 1939. Folder 25 (MSE/IR 1401-25).
                                                    Thesis, typescript.
                                                    • Conner, Constance Ramillon. Paschal Grousset et L'Irlande. 1985. Bound Mss. 26-B (MSE/IR 1401-26-B).
                                                      Thesis, Bound typescript.
                                                      • de Búrca, Seán. The Irish of South Mayo: A phonetic study. 1953. Folder 27 (MSE/IR 1401-27).
                                                        Thesis, typescript.
                                                        • Hartmann, Hans. Kontrastive studie ü irisch ceapaim 'ichdenke'. Ein Veigleich zwischen Irisch, Englishc und Deutsch. 1969. Folder 28 (MSE/IR 1401-28).
                                                          Thesis, typescript with manuscript notes.
                                                          • Hayes, Richard. Ionnradh deireadh na h-Éireann: Nuair a bhí Connachta in a loscadh sléibhe. Manuscript translation (photocopy) of The Last Invasion of Ireland: When Connacht Rose. Chapters 1-4 Undated. Folder 27-31 (MSE/IR 1401-29).
                                                            Photocopy of manuscript.
                                                            • Hayes, Richard. Ionnradh deireadh na h-Éireann: Nuair a bhí Connachta in a loscadh sléibhe. Manuscript translation (photocopy) of The Last Invasion of Ireland: When Connacht Rose. Chapters 5-7. Undated. Folder 30 (MSE/IR 1401-30).
                                                              Photocopy of manuscript.
                                                              • Hayes, Richard. Ionnradh deireadh na h-Éireann: Nuair a bhí Connachta in a loscadh sléibhe. Manuscript translation (photocopy) of The Last Invasion of Ireland: When Connacht Rose. Chapters 8 to end. Undated. Folder 31 (MSE/IR 1401-31).
                                                                Photocopy of manuscript.
                                                                • Kavanagh, Séamus. Studies in the vocabulary of the dialect of West Kerry. 1931. Bound Mss. 32-B (MSE/IR 1401-32-B).
                                                                  Bound thesis, typescript.
                                                                  • Kerr, Daniel. The Gaelic Revival. 1949. Bound Mss. 33-B (MSE/IR 1401-23-B).
                                                                    Bound thesis, typescript.
                                                                    • Mac Aodha, Breandán. Réamhthuarascáil ar an tSuirbhéireacht ar Ghaeltacht na Gaillimhe/ Preliminary report on the Galway Gaeltacht Survey. 1968. Folder 34 (MSE/IR 1401-34).
                                                                      1 bound typescript.
                                                                      • Murphy, James. Aspects of the verbal system in Irish Gaelic. 1970. Folder 35 (MSE/IR 1401-35).
                                                                        Thesis. Photocopied typescript.
                                                                        • Ó Máille, Tomás. Sean-fhocla an Chraoibhín. [Proverbs of An Craoibhín]. Offprint from Béaloideas. 1953. Folder 36 (MSE/IR 1401-36).
                                                                          Journal offprint.
                                                                          • Ó Spiolláin, Mícheúl (Michael A. Spelman). Seanmóirí na Gaeilge. [Irish language sermons.] 1948. Folder 37 (MSE/IR 1401-37).
                                                                            Thesis. Typescript.
                                                                            • Scéla Muicce Meic Da Thó. Edited text. Undated. Folder 38 (MSE/IR 1401-38).
                                                                              1 item.
                                                                              • Dúnmharfóirí na Gaeltachta. [The murderers of the Gaeltacht]. Undated. Folder 39 (MSE/IR 1401-39).
                                                                                Incomplete manuscript photocopy.