Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Irish Washington DC – some sources

Irish Washington DC

originally here: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/bibliography-irish-washington-dc/

St. Patrick’s Day in Washington DC in 1854.


Old St. Patrick’s Church, 10th & F Sts., N.W. [LC-DIG-npcc-28305 / LC-F8122- 44637 [P&P]]

New St. Patrick’s Church, 10th & G Sts., NW [LC-DIG-npcc-31197 / LC-F8288 [P&P]]

Irish Washington
David Baille Warden, A Chorographical and Statistical Description of the District of Columbia. 1816

Proposed Museum

Irish American Museum of Washington, D.C.


  • Urban Odyssey: A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C.; edited by Francine Curro Cary. 1996.
    DCPL, HSW, LC Chapter 3: McAleer, Margaret H. “‘The Green Streets of Washington’: The Experience of Irish Mechanics in Antebellum Washington.” p. 42-64.
  • Altenhofel, Jennifer Lynn. “Keeping House: Irish and Irish-American Women in the District of Columbia, 1850-1890. (Ph.D., American University, 2004)
  • Borger, Tom. Irish roots in the Nation’s Capital: A family history 2005.
    DCPL, LC
  • Gatti, Lawrence. Historic St. Stephen’s: An Account of its Eighty-five Years, 1867-1952.
  • Langley, Harold D. St. Stephen Martyr Church and the Community, 1867-1967.
  • MacGregor, Morris. A Parish for the Federal City: St. Patrick’s in Washington, 1794-1994. 1994.
    DCPL, HSW, LC—– excerpt
  • Schultz, Nancy Lusignan. Mrs. Mattingly’s Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure That Shocked Washington City. 2011.
  • Sherwood, Suzanne Berry. Foggy Bottom 1800-1975.
  • Smith, Kathryn Schneider. Port Town to Urban Neighborhood: The Georgetown Waterfront of Washington, D.C., 1880-1920. 1989.
  • Warden, David Bailie. A Chorographical and Statistical Description of the District of Columbia. 1816.
    DCPL, HSW, LC click here for: full text
  • Diamond Jubilee of St. Aloysius’ Church, Washington, D.C. 1859-1934.
    DCPL (Cutter), HSW, LC
  • Gonzaga College (Gonzaga College and High School). Catalog….1860s-1930s
    DCPL (Cutter), LC
  • _____. Gonzaga College, an historical sketch, from its foundation in 1821 to the solemn celebration of its first centenary in 1921. 1922.
    DCPL (Cutter), LC
  • _____. Sketch from foundation in 1821 to 1896. 1897.
    DCPL (Cutter)

Note on holdings:
DCPL = DC Public Library
HSW = Historical Society of Washington DC
LC = Library of Congress

  • Hinkel, John V. “St. Patrick’s: Mother church of Washington.” Records of the Columbia Historical Society v.57-58.
  • Kelly, Tom. “I knew my parents were Irish as soon as I knew anything.” Washingtonian March 1979: 144-150.
  • Press, Emil A. “Reminiscences by Emil Press: Growing up in Swampoodle.” Records of the Columbia Historical Society v.73/74.
  • Press, William H. “Reminiscences by William H. Press: Another view of Swampoodle.” Records of the Columbia Historical Society v.73/74.
  • Proctor, John Clagett. [historical articles published in the Sunday Star] March 17, 1935; March 17, 1940; March 20, 1949
  •  A Turbulent Time: Irish Immigrants, Free Blacks, and the Balance of Power in 1850s Washington, D.C. – By Chris Myers Asch — presented at the 2012 Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies

Vertical files [VF]
[Request at Library (both Historical Society of Washington DC and Washingtoniana, DCPL have Vertical files) Reference Desk]

Ethnic Groups–Irish
Days, Special–St. Patrick’s
Churches (and religious organizations), Catholic–St. Aloysius, St. Patrick’s
Societies, Clubs, Organizations–Foreign–Irish

Neighborhoods having had major Irish population component

Foggy Bottom
See Irish Neighborhoods in Old Washington here: for more informationhttp://www.theusgenweb.org/dcgenweb/history/irish.shtml

Noted Irish Washingtonians/men associated with Washington

Robert Brent
Patrick Buchanan
Thomas Carbery
Thomas Corcoran
James Reed Dermot
James Hoban https://www.whitehousehistory.org/honoring-the-legacy-of-james-hoban-irish-born-architect-of-the-white-house
Tom Kelly
Jeremiah O’Leary
David Baillie Warden

When Washington Was Irish

Metropolitan Police Department’s Irish heritage

And the Irish were very present in the Civil war:
Irish in the Civil War

The Irish Brigade (History Channel article)
Irish Brigade

Irish Brigade

Note: Thanks to Chris Myers Asch for some suggested additional references.

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