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.
Irish Sheet Music Archives is a digitized collection of Irish-American sheet music.
The Irish Music Center at the Burns Library specialized in documenting Irish music in America
In addition to archival collections that may be used in the Burns Library, the Irish Music Center has made the music collection of Seamus Connolly available digitally on a website, The Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music.
See the guide by subject librarian Elizabeth Sweeney for more information on the Burns Library collections.