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Guide to the Thomas Davis Collection

MSE/IR 1001


Collection Summary

Title: Thomas Davis Collection
Dates: circa 1838-45
Collection No.: MSE/IR 1001
Creator: Davis, Thomas, 1814-45
Extent: 20 pages. (15 folders)
Language: Collection material in English.
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Manuscript drafts of verse and songs.

Selected Search Terms

Irish ballads
Davis, Thomas (114-1845)

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: Thomas Davis Collection, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note:

Biographical Note

Thomas Davis (1814-45) was a leading Irish nationalist, writer and co-founder of The Nation, and a leader in the Young Ireland movement.

In 1842, Davis founded The Nation along with Charles Gavan Duffy and John Blake Dillon. This weekly paper was extremely popular and influential, with Thomas Davis as its main contributor. Davis composed and contributed many verses and songs, of which "The West's Awake" and "A Natin Once Again" are among the best known.

Scope and Content Note

The Thomas Davis Collection consists of manuscript drafts of fourteen verses or songs, and one clipping with handwritten amendments, of "The West's Asleep".

Arrangement Note

The verses are in separate folders, arranged alphabetically either by title or, where no title is apparent, by the first line.

Container List

  • The Bishop's Daughter. . Folder 1 (MSE/IR 1001-1)
    Ms. 2 pages.
    • . The Brigade's Battle Eve. Folder 2 (MSE/IR 1001-2 )
      Ms., 1 page.
      • . A Christmas Carol or Love in the Country. Folder 3 (MSE/IR 1001-3)
        Ms. 1 folded page.
        • . The Danes march around, around. Folder 4 (MSE/IR 1001-4)
          Ms., 1 folded page.
          • . The Irish Hurrah. Folder 5 (MSE/IR 1001-5)
            Ms., 1 page.
            • . I wander'd at eve by Glengarriff's sweet water. Folder 6 (MSE/IR 1001-6)
              Ms., 1 folded page.
              • . A Love Allegory. Folder 7 (MSE/IR 1001-7)
                Ms., 1 folded page.
                • . The March to Cashel. Folder 8 (MSE/IR 1001-8)
                  Ms., 1 page.
                  • . The Seven Sisters of Navan. Folder 9 (MSE/IR 1001-9)
                    Ms., 4 pages.
                    • . A Soldier's Life's the Life for Me. Folder 10 (MSE/IR 1001-10)
                      Ms., 2 pages.
                      • . The summer brook flows in the bed. Folder 10 (MSE/IR 1001-10)
                        Ms., 1 page.
                        • . There's not a happier man on earth. Folder 12 (MSE/IR 1001-12)
                          Ms., 1 folded page.
                          • . Tis long since we were forced to part. Folder 13 (MSE/IR 1001-13)
                            Ms., 1 page.
                            • . The West's Asleep. Folder 15 (MSE/IR 1001-15)
                              I print clipping, with handwritten amendments.