Lawrence McCaffrey '49, professor emeritus of history at Chicago's Loyola University and one of the world's foremost historians of Ireland and Irish America, donated his collection of nearly 400 Irish studies books and journals to SAU Library in early 2000.
McCaffrey's donation only represents a beginning to the collection. The Irish Studies program is currently seeking community support to endow the McCaffrey Collection to ensure that it continues to grow as the Irish Studies program does.
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2005, SAU was given another major collection of 1,800 Irish and Catholic Americana books. The Timothy Walch Collection covers a broad range of topics on Irish, Irish American, and American Catholic life. This donation enhanced the university's current Irish Studies collection, increasing it to approximately 2,200 books.
To make a donation, please make a check payable to: St. Ambrose University, Irish Studies Program, and mail it to:
St. Ambrose University
518 West Locust St.
Davenport, Iowa 52803