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Cormac K. H. O'Malley Papers

Call Number



1930-2014, inclusive
; 1969-2005, bulk


O'Malley, Cormac K. H.


33 Linear Feet in 19 record cartons, 7 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize flat boxes, and 1 photograph box.

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


Cormac K. H. O'Malley (1942-) is an attorney who has been an international corporate counsel and consultant. Since the 1960s, O'Malley has been active in the New York Irish community, joining various cultural, academic and social organizations. This collection includes materials regarding Irish-American and Irish cultural, educational, charitable, historical and political affairs. Materials include correspondence, newsletters, brochures and promotional material for the American Committee for Ulster Justice, the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Irish American National Bicentennial Committee, The American Ireland Fund, the Irish Georgian Society, and the O'Malley Clan Association. Also included are articles and texts about the Northern Ireland political and military crisis during the 1970s and lobbying material for the 1972 U.S. Congressional Hearings on Northern Ireland. O'Malley collected the materials through his contacts with various organizations in the Irish communities in New York, Boston, and Dublin, and his involvement with the struggle for civil rights in Northern Ireland.

Biographical Note

Cormac Kevin Hooker O'Malley was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1942. His father was Ernie O'Malley (1897-1957), Irish revolutionary, author and patron of the arts, and his mother was American artist and socialite Helen Huntington Hooker (1905-1993). Upon the death of his father, O'Malley left Ireland to finish his education in the United States, obtaining a BA from Harvard in 1965 and a JD from Columbia University in 1970. He pursued a career in international law in New York, first with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, then, from 1981 with Bristol-Myers, living in Mexico, Brussels, London, and New York according to the dictates of his career. In the 1990s, upon retirement from Bristol-Myers Squibb, O'Malley became active as an advisor to Glucksman Ireland House at New York University.

When in New York, O'Malley was involved with the Irish American community, joining various cultural, academic, and social organizations, such as the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the City of New York, the American Committee (later Conference) for Irish Studies, and the Irish Arts Center in New York. During the 1970s-1980s, O'Malley served as an officer or on the board of four such groups: the American Irish Historical Society, the Irish American National Bicentennial Committee, the Ireland Fund (now the American Ireland Fund) and the National University of Ireland Club. O'Malley also had an interest in the civil rights struggle in Northern Ireland. From 1971-1978 he served as national coordinator for the American Committee for Ulster Justice, a group of Irish American lawyers and activists intent on eliminating anti-Catholic discrimination and exposing British complicity in the region's conflict.

O'Malley is the author of "The Publication History of On Another Man's Wound" in New Hibernia Review7:3 (2003): 136-139 and co-author with Keith Highet of Current Aspects of Doing Business in Black Africa(American Bar Association, 1975).


Organized into four series with sub-series, as follows:

Series I. Cultural, Social, and Academic Organizations, 1964-2011

Subseries IA. General

Subseries IB. American Irish Historical Society (AIHS)

Subseries IC. Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI)

Subseries ID. Irish American National Bicentennial Committee

Subseries IE. National University of Ireland Club

Subseries IF. Glucksman Ireland House

Subseries IG. American Ireland Fund Records

Subseries IH. Irish Georgian Society Records

Subseries II. O'Malley Clan Association Records

Subseries IJ. Granuaile Trust of the O'Malley Clan Records

Series II. American Committee for Ulster Justice (ACUJ), 1968-1981

Subseries IIA. ACUJ Organizational Material

Subseries IIB. U.S. Congressional Hearings on Northern Ireland

Subseries IIC. ACUJ Research Materials for 1972 Congressional Hearings

Series III. Publications and Clippings, 1959-1981

Series IV. Ephemera, 1930-2000

Subseries IA, IB, IC, IE, and IF are arranged alphabetically. Subseries ID, with the exception of the 2016 accretion, is arranged alphabetically; the accretion has not been arranged by an archivist. Subseries IG, IH, II, and IJ have not been arranged by an archivist. Subseries IIA is arranged alphabetically, and Subseries IIB and IIC are arranged chronologically. Series III is arranged chronologically and Series IV is arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of material included in this collection reflects O'Malley's involvement in various Irish American cultural, social, academic, and political organizations between 1964 and 2011. Materials include memoranda, transcripts, correspondence, posters, publications, scrapbooks, promotional materials, research notes, newspaper clippings, research files, agenda, and minutes. The collection documents various aspects of Irish American social and cultural life, with materials concerning specific cultural or academic organizations. Also present are materials concerning efforts to lessen conflict in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, with specific emphasis on the American Committee for Ulster Justice. A 2015 accrual has added material related to O'Malley's involvement with Glucksman Ireland House, GRIAN Association, and other Irish-American cultural groups. A 2016 accretion added material documenting O'Malley's involvement in The American Ireland Fund, the Irish Georgian Society, the O'Malley Clan Association, and the Granuaile Trust of the O'Malley Clan.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection created by Cormac K. H. O'Malley are held by him. Permission to publish or reproduce materials to which he holds copyright must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Tamiment Library for assistance with contacting Cormac K. H. O'Malley.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Cormac K.H. O'Malley Papers; AIA 019; box number; folder number;
Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Location of Materials

Materials stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact two business days prior to research visit.

Custodial History

In 1980 Cormac O'Malley deposited 27 cubic feet of material in the archives of St. John's University in Jamaica, New York. It remained unprocessed and unused for the next 20 years. In December 2000, while President of the Board of Advisors for New York University's Glucksman Ireland House, O'Malley transferred the collection to the Archives of Irish America at the Tamiment Library as a permanent donation. Approximately 20 linear feet of materials were initially transferred in December 2005 and an additional 7 linear feet were transferred in March 2001. The accession number associated with this donation is 2000.025. A 2015 accrual (2015.047) from Glucksman Ireland House added 8.5 linear feet that were incorporated into the collection as Subseries IF and an addition to Series III. A 2016 accretion (2016.069) from Glucksman Ireland House added 6 linear feet that were incorporated into the collection as Subseries IG, Subseries IH, Subseries II, Subseries IJ, and an addition to Subseries ID.

Separated Material

A small collection of pamphlets and other publications regarding the struggle for recognition of the Irish Republic collected by O'Malley's father Ernie O'Malley (1897-1957) have been removed to the AIA Pamphlet Collection (AIA 047). Promotional material, event programs, brochures and newsletters O'Malley collected from various Irish American organizations have been integrated into the AIA Vertical Files (AIA 013), AIA Periodicals Collection (AIA 004), and the Irish Republicanism Collection (AIA 022).

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

  1. Archives of Irish America Periodicals Collection AIA 004
  2. Archives of Irish America Vertical File Collection AIA 013
  3. Irish Republicanism Collection AIA 022

Collection processed by

Meaghan Dwyer and Mary Krinock. Finding Aid by: Meaghan Dwyer, Mary Krinock, Marion R. Casey and Rebecca Altermatt.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 16:28:27 -0400.
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Language: Description is in English.

Revisions to this Guide

December 2016: Updated to include materials integrated from accession number 2016.069 by Megan O'Shea
May 2018: Updated by Megan O'Shea to incorporate materials integrated from accession number 2018.065

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from O_'Malley Papers (final).doc


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