Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Irish Washington DC — 2020 update

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

Swampoodle history blog post-Feb 4th, 2018:  Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley

Swampoodle history blog post resources: What Once Was–Making Washington’s “Swampoodle”: Irish Neighborhood in the Tiber Valley – References and Resources

A description of a quiet 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]]


David Baille Warden: Irish Washington

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

A link to the Proposed Museum: Irish American Museum of Washington, D.C.

Books see also above: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/what-once-was-making-washingtons-swampoodle-irish-neighborhood-in-the-tiber-valley-references-and-resources/

  • Urban Odyssey: A Multicultural History of Washington, D.C.; edited by Francine Curro Cary. 1996.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Schultz, Nancy Lusignan. Mrs. Mattingly’s Miracle: The Prince, the Widow, and the Cure That Shocked Washington City. 2011. locations
  • 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. Click here for: full text
  • Diamond Jubilee of St. Aloysius’ Church, Washington, D.C. 1859-1934.
  • Gonzaga College (Gonzaga College and High School). Catalog….1860s-1930s
  • _____. Gonzaga College, an historical sketch, from its foundation in 1821 to the solemn celebration of its first centenary in 1921. 1922.
     locations and full text
  • _____. Sketch from foundation in 1821 to 1896. 1897.
  • The history of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Washington, D.C. locationsAmazon


  • 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

Neighborhoods having had major Irish population component

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

Noted Irish Washingtonians/men associated with Washington


Irish Brigade

AND http://dcstpatsparade.com/ St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C.
The mission of the St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C. is to foster the understanding of and celebrate the Irish culture in America. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held annually in Washington, D.C., since 1971.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on March 16, 2020 by in Uncategorized.
%d bloggers like this: