On 25 June 1844,
John Murphy arrived in Buenos Aires from Ireland. From the time he
left Haysland, Kilrane parish of Co. Wexford, he began writing home.
His brothers William and Patt and other friends and neighbours
followed him and also settled in Salto and Rojas departments of Buenos
Aires province. Up to 1881, a continuous flow of letters were received
by their brother Martin, who remained in Ireland. The letters,
including photographs, cheques, receipts and other documents, where
zealously kept by the family during generations. Anastasia Joyce,
grandniece to John Murphy, passed this valuable collection on to Mary
Anglim of Kilmore, Co. Wexford, and Ms. Anglim decided to donated the
letters to the Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection of the Society
for Irish Latin American Studies.
Murphy to Martin Murphy, 27 May 1864 (received 5 July 1864 in
Haysland, Co. Wexford).
The collection is
unique in many senses. It is the first manuscript sequence of letters
identified of the Irish emigration to Argentina. It includes over 200
documents with interesting aspects of this emigration
and nineteenth-century Argentine history. The photographs are good
quality representations of the rural life of the immigrants and their
Lawn-tennis game at Estancia San
Martín, Salto (circa 1890)
Joyce Papers" will be deposited in the
Manuscripts and Rare Books
Collections repository at Max von Buch Library in Universidad de San
Andrés, Buenos Aires.
On the General
Annual Meeting held on 24 June 2005 at Maynooth, Members approved the
appointment of Mary Anglim as Honorary Member of the Society for Irish
Latin American Studies.