In 2012 Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, opened Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. This week the museum launched a free, online database of 1500 articles and illustrations relating to the devastating famine of 1845-1852.
Excerpts of illustrated newspapers including The Illustrated London News, Punch, The Pictorial Times, and The Graphic are available for research. The newspapers were acquired from a shop in Galway, and four museum scholars spent over a year readying the database for public use. The museum’s executive director said, “A key part of the museum’s mission is to educate people about this avoidable tragedy in Ireland’s history and the database is another way to do so.”
The museum plans to expand the database over the next year to include pre-1845 and post-1852 articles.
An Irish Central article announcing the database launch can be read here: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/education/Quinnipiac-Irish-Famine-museum-puts-records-of-the-Great-Hunger-online.html.
Here’s a link to the database itself: http://ighm.nfshost.com/database/.
This will be a wonderful resource for anyone studying the famine and diaspora.