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Irish American Unity

 Record Group — Box: 2018-0061_1

Scope and Content Note

From the Collection:

The papers, collected or created by Stephen Thornton, consist of alternative newspapers, flyers, pamphlets, notes, correspondence, writings, and campaign or political buttons. Topics among the materials are those that were of personal interest or were part of Mr. Thornton's labor organizing and social activist activities. These include the Peoples Bicentennial Commission (a populist alternative to the 1976 Bicentennial celebration), the Anti-Racist Coalition of Connecticut, anti-apartheid work (in particular the push to divest the pension funds of the city of Hartford from investing in South African corporations in the 1980s), anti-Ku Klux Klan rallies, training in non-violent protests, organizing against nuclear power, strikes in Connecticut including the Colt strike from 1985-1989, anti-racist publications, tenant issues in Hartford, and worker health and safety, among many other topics. The collection also includes local organizing buttons collected by Mr. Thornton during rallies and protests he organized or in which he participated.

The information about strikes represents support work Mr. Thornton and ad-hoc community committees performed on behalf of the strikers. Many of the flyers and leaflets found in the collection for the strikes were created by Mr. Thornton.

All information on Ku Klux Klan materials has been consolidated into box 1.

Of special interest are arrest citations Mr. Thornton received. Materials relating to the Hartford Unit of Irish Northern Aid were collected from Richard Lawlor of Hartford.


  • undated, 1898-2017


The collection is open and available for research.


1 Linear Feet (Pamphlets, newspapers, documents and articles about the Hartford Unit of Irish Northern Aid, collected by Richard Lawlor.)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Separated Materials

The Hillsborough AgreementBobby Sands Commemorative lecture given by Danny Morrison in Twinbrook, Belfast on Sunday 4th May 1986. (in process)

Peace, Justice And Unity: Ireland's Unfinished AgendaBooklet by Raymond L. Flynn with a Foreword by Sean MacBride. (in process)

Sinn Fein button (extracted from Songs of Resistance 1968-1982 booklet, Folder 3) added to APC button collection.

1984 Irish Visit button (extracted from 1984 Irish Visit booklet, Folder 3) added to APC button collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
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Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US