Collins, John, 1811-1874

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Long time Pittsburgh resident John B. Collins was an active member of the city's Irish Catholic community. A strong supporter of the struggle for an independent Irish Republic, Mr. Collins was an active member of the Pittsburgh chapters of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic (AARIR) and the Friends of Irish Freedom (FOIF) during the 1920s and 1930s. A supporter of Eamon de Valera's pro-republican Fianna Fìl Party, Collins helped arrange the leader's 1927 and 1930 visits to Pittsburgh. Mr. Collins also took part in an active religious life. A member of Pittsburgh's Catholic community, he served as president of local chapters of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus and was also a member of the Cecilian Society, the Catholic Society for Social Justice, and the Bishop's Club. A man of strong political and religious conviction, Mr. Collins was a prolific letter writer to people, organizations, and publications that he believed misrepresented the Irish cause or the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.

From the description of The papers of John B. Collins, 1913-1976, (bulk 1918-1935). (University of Pittsburgh). WorldCat record id: 48165268

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referencedIn Collection of theatrical correspondence and ephemera, 1697-1930 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Ludlow, Noah Miller, 1795-1886. Papers of Noah Miller Ludlow, 1810-1896 (inclusive), 1835-1885 (bulk). Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Babcock, Daniel C. Letters, 1842-1851. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Collins, John B. The papers of John B. Collins, 1913-1976, (bulk 1918-1935). University of Pittsburgh
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associatedWith Abbey Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic. corporateBody
associatedWith Appleton, William Worthen person
associatedWith Babcock, Daniel C. person
associatedWith Catholic Church corporateBody
associatedWith Catholic League for Social Justice. corporateBody
associatedWith Cecilian Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Cosgrave, William Thomas, 1880-1965. person
associatedWith De Valera, Éamon, 1882-1975. person
associatedWith Friends of Irish Freedom. corporateBody
associatedWith Holy Name Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Irish Independence Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Knights of Columbus. corporateBody
associatedWith Kountz, Richard, 1896-1950. person
associatedWith Ludlow, Noah Miller, 1795-1886. person
associatedWith Lynch, John M., 1917- person
associatedWith O'Mahoney, Joseph P. person
associatedWith Russell, Charles Edward. person
associatedWith Williams, Christopher H. person
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Irish Americans--Societies, etc
Irish Americans--History
Irsh Americans--Political Activity


Birth 1811

Death 1874



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