A national public reference archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.
Anyone interested in Irish traditional music should keep this site bookmarked. The extensive catalogues and digital library are constantly being developed and new items frequently added.
The following is a sample of what is available through the ITMA site:
Ward Irish Music Archives, located in Milwaukee, WI, collects the Irish music of America and the music of Irish-Americans. The collection includes sheet music, recordings and ephemera relating to Irish-American music from the 19th century to the 21st. Digital projects have made some of the collection available in the Web:
The Ward Irish Music Archives houses the extensive Dunn Family Collection, donated by David K. Dunn, containing the collection of Michael J. Dunn (1855-1935) and also thirty-two wax cylinders of recordings by Francis O’Neill, made probably between 1904 and 1914. The cylinders are digitized and may be listened to online.
This is a digitized collection of Irish-American sheet music.
The Irish Music Center in Boston College's Burns Library specialized in documenting Irish music in America. Collections are listed in the Irish Music Center Named Collections guide, and there is also an online guide to collection finding aids. Collections in the Burns Library include the following:
Derek F. Bell: The Derek F. Bell Irish Music Collection and the Ellis Schuman Collection of Derek F. Bell.
Myron Bretholz Irish Music Collection (including over 1,000 records)
CCÉ North America Collection of Irish Music Materials
Barthomolew Egan Irish Music Collection
John Glynn and Maureen Glynn Connolly Irish Music Collection
Green Linnet Irish Music Collection
Mary O'Hara Papers, and the Jean Heitz Collection of Mary O'Hara Materials, 1978-2007
James W. Smith Irish Music Collection
University of Chicago Folk Festival Recordings Collection, 1961-1995.
The Archives of Irish America at NYU includes the Mick Moloney collection, one of the largest collections in the U.S. for the study of Irish-American music and popular colture.