The Ward Irish Music Archives (WIMA), along with the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, are building an online display of dedication pages of books by Capt. Francis O'Neill, signed and gifted to others by the author.  

Building on sources from their archives, the WIMA wish to include scans of copies of O'Neill dedication pages currently in other archives and private collections. Each entry in the collaborative display will include a biography of O'Neill's recipient, and (if possible) your story of how each book came to you. This project will be researched and assembled by the students in Scott Spencer's (University of Southern California) "Irish Music" Spring 2021 graduate course, and curated by Drs. Aileen Dillane (University of Limerick), Daniel T. Neely (Irish Echo), Michael O'Malley (George Mason University), and Scott Spencer - with the Ward Irish Music Archive and Irish Traditional Music Archives.
The goal of this display is to contextualize O'Neill's projects and publications on Irish traditional music in the larger Irish experience. This includes placing O'Neill, through his gifts of books and florid dedication pages, at the heart of the Irish Diaspora and its associated political and social movements at the turn of the century; before the 1916 Uprising; and through the 1921 creation of the Free State.

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903)
The Dance Music of Ireland (1907)
Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910)
Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913)
O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 400 Choice Selections Arranged for Piano and Violin (1915)
Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922)

Do you have a signed O'Neill book? If so, the WIMA would love to include a scan of the dedication page, as well as your story. Please help with this project by clicking on links to ITMA or the Ward Irish Archives for full information, or by uploading information and images through the online form linked below.  If you have questions, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and please assist this project by spreading the word.

We will launch our crowdsourced online display June 2021, as part of an international conference organized in Paris by the Universities of Chicago, Caen Normandy and Paris. The theme of the conference is Chicago as an Irish-American Metropolis.