date(s):
1869-1922
creator(s):
O'Keefe, John, 1847-1923
subject(s):
Irish; Speeches, addresses, etc; Scrapbooks; Politics and government
place(s):
United States; Ireland
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0481 Fenian Brotherhood Papers Inventory of Fenian Brotherhood Papers A0481 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:36:09 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Fenian Brotherhood Papers Fenian Brotherhood O'Keefe, John, 1847-1923 A0481 0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box) 1869-1922 Processing Information Processed by Dennis Northcott, July 2002. Donor Information Collection was purchased in 1941 from William Fleischman, grandson of John O’Keefe. Historical Sketch The Fenian Brotherhood was formed in the United States circa 1858 with its goal being the liberation of Ireland from English rule. The Fenians launched several unsuccessful raids into Canada (or British North America) from 1866 to 1871. John O’Keefe (or John O’Keeffe) was born in 1847 in Kilkenny, Ireland, and came to the United States as a boy. He served on the Union side during the Civil War, and became a captain in the regular army. He later fought as an officer in the 2nd Cavalry. He died January 25, 1923, in St. Louis. Scope and Contents The Fenian Brotherhood Papers contain several speeches of John O’Keefe; a couple of publications of the Brotherhood; and a scrapbook that consists primarily of circulars, orders and correspondence of the Fenian Brotherhood. Arrangement The papers are arranged in three series: the John O’Keefe Speeches Series , the Fenian Brotherhood Scrapbook Series , and the Other Items Series . Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Digital Copies The Fenian Brotherhood Papers were digitized by Jessica Smasal in 2012. The images may be viewed online by clicking the links beside each item in the inventory. Preferred Citation Fenian Brotherhood Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Canada -- History -- Fenian Invasions, 1866-1870 Famines -- Ireland Fenians Home rule -- Ireland Irish -- United States Political parties -- United States Ridgeway, Battle of, Ridgeway, Ont., 1866 Soldiers -- United States Speeches, addresses, etc United States -- Politics and government John O’Keefe Speeches Series Manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on the history of Ireland’s struggle with England, delivered in Patee’s Opera House, Omaha, Nebraska. (22 pages) D00194 1873 Mar 17 1 1 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on the history of Ireland's struggle with England, March 17, 1873 Manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on the Irish famine. (16 pages) D00195 1880 1 2 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on the Irish famine, 1880 Manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on American political parties, delivered at Council Bluffs, Iowa. (32 pages) D00196 1884 Oct 31 1 3 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on American political parties, October 31, 1884 Manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on American political parties, delivered during the campaign of Iowa Governor Francis Marion Drake. (34 pages) D00323 1895 1 4 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on American political parties, 1895 Manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on the history of America, delivered at Russell, Iowa. (22 pages) D00375 1897 July 4 1 5 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on the history of America, July 4, 1897 Manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on the history of America, delivered at Ottumwa, Iowa. (23 pages) D00399 1898 July 4 1 6 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on the history of America, July 4, 1898 Bound manuscript volume titled “Account Book of the Edward Fitzgerald Circle, Fenian Brotherhood, Fort D.A. Russell, Wy. Ter. [Wyoming Territory?].” Contains (1) undated manuscript speech of John O’Keefe titled “Ireland’s Struggle for Liberty under Daniel O’Connell (10 pages); (2) transcriptions of letters to the editor of the Easton (Pa.) Express and replies of John O’Keefe, dated May 1870 (5 pages); (3) recollections of John O’Keefe on the Fenian raid of Canada and the Battle of Ridgeway (12 pages); (4) manuscript speech of John O’Keefe titled “The Memory of the Dead,” delivered at St. Mark’s Hall, March 4, 1922 (5 pages); (5) manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on events in nineteenth-century Irish history, delivered at Rock Church Hall, November 24, 1922 (11 pages); and (6) three pages of notes at the back of the volume. 1870 May; 1922 Mar 4, Nov 24 1 7 Account book of the Edward Fitzgerald Circle, Fenian Brotherhood, Fort D.A. Russell, Wy. Ter. [Wyoming Territory]., no date Undated manuscript speech of John O'Keefe titled "Ireland's Struggle for Liberty under Daniel O'Connell," no date Transcriptions of letters to the editor of the Easton Express (Pa.) and replies of John O'Keefe, May 1870 Recollections of John O'Keefe on the Fenian raid of Canada and the Battle of Ridgeway, no date Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe titled "The Memory of the Dead," March 4, 1922 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on events in nineteenth-century Irish history, November 24, 1922 Undated manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on Cuban liberty. (9 pages) D00442 No date 1 8 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on Cuban liberty, no date Undated manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on the valor of the American soldier. (18 pages; pages 1-2 are missing) D00680 ca. 1899 1 9 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on the valor of the American soldier, ca. 1899 Undated manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on the valor of the American soldier (text of speech is largely the same as the speech in the preceding folder). (19 pages) D00681 No date 1 10 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on the valor of the American soldier, no date Undated manuscript speech of John O’Keefe on American patriotism, delivered July 4. (25 pages) D03762 ca. 1903 1 11 Manuscript speech of John O'Keefe on American patriotism, ca. July 4, 1903 Fenian Brotherhood Scrapbook Series Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (4 pages) D03763 1868 Sept 15 1 12 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, September 15, 1868 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (8 pages) D03764 1868 Oct 17 1 13 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, October 17, 1868 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed James Gibbons. (2 pages) (2 copies) D03765 1869 Apr 8 1 14 Circular letter of James Gibbons, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, April 8, 1869 Receipt for payment from Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming, Fitzgerald Circle. D03766 1869 Apr 17 1 14 Receipt of payment from Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming, Fitzgerald Circle, for John O'Keefe, April 17, 1869 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming. (2 pages) (Enclosure includes appointment and commission of John O’Keefe as Centre of the “Edward Fitzgerald” Circle, Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming, April 1, 1869) D03767 1869 Apr 19 1 14 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming, April 19, 1869 Circular order, dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General’s Office, New York. Signed T. O’Leary. (2 pages) D03768 1869 May 1 1 14 Circular order of T. O'Leary, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, New York, May 1, 1869 General Orders No. 1, dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General’s Office, New York. Signed T. O’Leary. (1 page) D03780 1869 May 1 1 14 General Orders No. 1 of T. O'Leary, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, New York, May 1, 1869 General Orders No. 2, dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General’s Office, New York. Signed T. O’Leary. (2 pages) D03781 1869 May 1 1 14 General Orders No. 2 of T. O'Leary, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, New York, May 1, 1869 General Orders No. 3, dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General’s Office, New York. Signed T. O’Leary. (1 page) D03782 1869 May 1 1 14 General Orders No. 3 of T. O'Leary, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, New York, May 1, 1869 General Orders No. 4, dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General’s Office, New York. Signed T. O’Leary. (3 pages) D03769 1869 May 1 1 14 General Orders No. 4 of T. O'Leary, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, War Department, Adjutant-General's Office, New York, May 1, 1869 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming. (1 page) D03770 1869 June 11 1 14 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming, June 11, 1869 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming. (1 page) D03771 1869 June 14 1 14 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming, June 14, 1869 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed James Gibbons. (2 pages) D03772 1869 June 24 1 14 Circular letter of James Gibbons, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, June 24, 1869 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (2 pages) D03773 1869 Aug 24 1 15 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, August 24, 1869 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood and the Friends of Irish Liberty generally,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (2 pages) D03774 1869 Sept 10 1 15 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood and the Friends of Irish Liberty generally," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, September 10, 1869 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming. (1 page) D03775 1869 Sept 13 1 15 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming, September 13, 1869 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood, and the Friends of Irish Liberty generally,” dated Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (1 page) D03776 1869 Oct 27 1 15 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood, and the Friends of Irish Liberty generally," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, October 27, 1869 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Omaha, Nebraska. (1 page) D03777 1869 Nov 8 1 15 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Omaha, Nebraska, November 8, 1869 Letter of James Keenan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming Territory. (1 page) D03778 1870 Jan 17 1 15 Letter signed James Keenan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Fort Sanders, Wyoming Territory, January 17, 1870 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,’ Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (3 pages) (2 copies) D03779 1870 Jan 21 1 15 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, January 21, 1870 Letter of James Keenan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Omaha Barracks, Nebraska. (1 page) D03787 1870 Jan 24 1 15 Letter signed James Keenan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Omaha Barracks, Nebraska, January 24, 1870 General Orders Nos. 1 & 2, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill and M. Kerwin. (1 page) D03788 1870 Feb 3-4 1 16 General Orders Nos. 1 and 2 of John O'Neill and M. Kerwin, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, February 3-4, 1870 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of Circles now in bad standing on the books of these Headquarters,” Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (1 page) (2 copies) D03789 1870 Feb 8 1 16 Circular letter of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of Circles now in bad standing on the books of these Headquarters," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, February 8, 1870 Printed circular “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (2 pages) (3 copies) D03790 1870 Feb 19 1 16 Circular of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, February 19, 1870 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” New York. Signed James Gibbons. (1 page) D03791 1870 Feb 28 1 16 Circular letter of James Gibbons and J.C. O'Brien, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," New York, February 28, 1870 Printed circular “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (1 page) D03792 1870 Mar 1 1 16 Circular of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, March 1, 1870 Letter of F. Renehan, New York, to John O’Keefe, Omaha Barracks, Nebraska. (1 page) (Enclosure includes appointment and commission of John O’Keefe as Centre of the “Emeraldo” Circle of Omaha Barracks, Nebraska, March 1, 1870.) D03793 1870 Mar 5 1 16 Letter signed F. Renehan, New York, to John O'Keefe, Omaha Barracks, Nebraska, March 5, 1870 Printed circular “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (1 page) D03794 1870 Mar 17 1 16 Circular of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, March 17, 1870 Printed circular “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” New York. Signed Richard McCloud. (1 page) (2 copies) D03795 1870 Mar 30 1 16 Circular of Richard McCloud, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," New York, March 30, 1870 Printed circular “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (2 pages) (2 copies) D03796 1870 Mar 31 1 16 Circular of John O'Neill, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, March 31, 1870 Printed report of the Treasurer of the Fenian Brotherhood from March 11 to April 19, 1870. (2 pages) D03797 1870 Apr 19 1 17 Report of the Treasurer of the Fenian Brotherhood, March 11-April 19, 1870 Printed resolutions. (1 page) D03798 No date 1 17 Resolutions of the Fenian Brotherhood, no date Printed circular letter “To the Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” Eighth National Congress, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed Wm. Egan, F. Renehan, P.H. Maguire. (2 pages) (2 copies) D03799 1870 Apr 24 1 17 Circular letter of Wm. Egan [William Egan], F. Renehan, and P. H. Maguire, "To the Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Eighth National Congress, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, April 24, 1870 General Orders, Headquarters, War Department, Fenian Brotherhood, Deckertown, Sussex County, New Jersey. Signed M. Kerwin. (1 page) (2 copies) D03800 1870 Apr 28 1 17 General Orders of M. Kerwin., Headquarters, War Department, Fenian Brotherhood, Deckertown, Sussex County, New Jersey, April 28, 1870 Special Orders No. 5, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York. Signed John O’Neill. (1 page) D03801 1870 May 5 1 17 Special Orders No. 5 of John O'Neill, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, May 5, 1870 Letter of John O’Neill, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to Capt. John O’Keefe, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (1 page) D03802 1870 May 5 1 17 Letter signed John O'Neill, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to Capt. John O'Keefe, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1870 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Easton, Pennsylvania. (1 page) D03803 1870 May 19 1 17 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Easton, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1870 Letter of F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O’Keefe, Easton, Pennsylvania. (1 page) D03804 1870 May 25 1 17 Letter signed F. Renehan, Headquarters, Fenian Brotherhood, New York, to John O'Keefe, Easton, Pennsylvania, May 25, 1870 Printed circular letter “To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood,” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Signed James Gibbons. (1 page) D03805 1870 July 1 1 17 Circular letter of James Gibbons, "To the Officers and Members of the Fenian Brotherhood," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1870 Scrapbook covers. D03806 No date 1 18 Cover for Fenian Brotherhood scrapbook, no date Other Items Series Proceedings of the Fifth National Congress of the Fenian Brotherhood at Troy, New York, September 1866; with Message of Wm. R. Roberts, President of the F.B. (Philadelphia) (35 pages) D03814 1866 1 19 Booklet: "Proceedings of the Fifth National Congress of the Fenian Brotherhood at Troy, New York, September 1866; with Message of Wm. R. Roberts [William R. Roberts], President of the F.B.," September 1866 Constitution of the Fenian Brotherhood . (Philadelphia) (22 pages) D03786 1869 1 20 Constitution of the Fenian Brotherhood, 1869 Blank certificate that the bearer has been duly elected as a representative at the Eighth National Congress of the Fenian Brotherhood, to be held at New York, April 19, 1870. 1870 1 21 Certificate granted to Col. John O’Keefe as a duly elected delegate to the National Convention of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic to be held in Chicago. D03816 1921 Apr 15 1 21 Certificate granted to Col. John O'Keefe as a duly-elected delegate to the National Convention of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic to be held in Chicago, April 15, 1921 Notes of John O’Keefe. (2 pages) D03817 No date 1 21 Notes of John O'Keefe, no date