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Annie O’Donnell Letters 

    This collection contains over seventy letters between Annie O’Donnell, an Irish emigrant to America, and James M. Phelan. The letters span a period of over three years prior to their marriage. Annie and Jim met on the Adria, a ship bound for America, in 1898. With 1,100 passengers, they were among many other immigrants and returning ‘non-immigrant aliens’ (people who had immigrated to America previously and were now returning from a visit home). Many of the immigrants at this time were women. These letters provide an insight into the life of an Irish servant girl at this time living in America. Annie had the good fortune to be positioned with an elite industrial family who treated their employees well. She notes in one of her letters that she is fortunate to have such a good job.

    Original source name : Annie O'Donnell Letters 
    English translation : Annie O'Donnell Letters 
    Creator : personal fonds
    Document- type 1 : correspondence
    Document- type 2 : personal
    Reference number : IE/UCD/SC/AOD
    Language(s) : English
    Geographical coverage : Ireland
    Time range : 20thc.
    Year(s) : 1901–1904
    Theme 1 : experience of migration
    Theme 2 : work
    Link to the item in the catalogue :
    Publication(s) : Maureen Murphy, Your Fondest Annie: Letters from Annie O'Donnell to James P. Phelan 1901–1904 (Dublin: UCD Press, 2005).
    Archive name : University College Dublin Special Collections Department
    Archive name (English) : University College Dublin Special Collections Department
    Archive address : University College Dublin, James Joyce Library, Special Collections Department, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
    City : Dublin
    Country : Ireland
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