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Alexander Irvine Papers: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains the papers of Irish-American author, lecturer, and Congregationalist minister Alexander Irvine (1863-1941), and consists mostly of Irvine’s manuscripts, chiefly dating from 1906-1941.
Background
Author, lecturer, and Congregationalist minister Alexander Irvine (1863-1941) was born in Antrim, Ireland, in 1863, the son of Anna (née Gilmore) and Jamie Irvine, she a Roman Catholic and he an illiterate Protestant shoemaker. He grew up working in his father’s cobbling business which Jamie Irvine ran out of his small home. The ninth out of twelve children, Irvine’s mother gave him little formal education as he had to supplement his father’s income by selling newspapers instead of attending school. The young Irvine had a religious awakening while working as a scarecrow in a potato field, where he became overawed by the beauty of a sunset and became convinced of a personal connection with a higher power.
Extent
290 items in 4 boxes and 4 oversize folders
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
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