Ward Music Archives

Digital Collections

Explore the Ward Irish Music Archives' award-winning digital collections. From cylinder recordings of Irish musicians in Chicago dating to 1904 to the latest videos from last year's Milwaukee Irish Fest, you'll be able to experience Irish music in various genres throughout its history.

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The Dunn Family Collection

This online digital collection includes 32 rare cylinder recordings of uilleann pipers and fiddlers collected by Francis O'Neill in the early 20th century.
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Irish Sheet Music Archives Digital Collection

The Irish Sheet Music Archives

This online digital collection includes gives music lovers the opportunity to explore thousands of pieces of Irish sheet music created between 1750 and the present.
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Irish Fest Scrapbook Digital Collection

Milwaukee Irish Fest Scrapbook

This online digital collection looks at the history of Milwaukee Irish Fest through photos, videos, and audio over more than 35 years.
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WIMA Tracks of the Month

Featured Tracks of the Month

The Story of the Magnificent Flanagan Brothers by Mick Moloney.
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Ward Irish Music Archives 25th Anniversary Celebration & Chuck Ward Memorial Lecture

Ward Irish Music Archives 25th Anniversary Celebration and Chuck Ward Memorial Lecture

Featuring Mick Moloney & Jimmy Keane presenting An Irish Delight: The Story of the Flanagan Brothers on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Read more...

New WIMA Acquisitions June 2017

New Acquisitions - June 2017

Check out newly acquired Irish music recordings, videos, sheet music, and more for the past month at the Ward Irish Music Archives.
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Exhibits

Fulfilling its role as a year-round educational arm of CelticMKE, the Ward Irish Music Archives has developed several physical and online exhibits that explore a number of Irish music topics. These exhibits are featured at festivals and events across the United States each season. Here is a sampling. Show All to view more.

Irish Music 16mm Soundie Films

New: Irish Music 16mm Soundie Films

Watch short music videos featuring popular Irish songs produced between 1940 and 1946!
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Irish Music on Cylinder Recordings

New: Irish Music on Cylinder Recordings

Listen to digitized cylinder recordings of Irish music and musicians from the early 1900s!
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The Isle of Saints: Ireland and Early Christianity Exhibit

The Isle of Saints: Ireland and Early Christianity

This exhibit explores the early Irish saints and the monastic system for which they are so well known.
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Irish American Hall of History Exhibit

Irish American Hall of History

Celebrating the history of Irish and Irish Americans in American Entertainment
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Ward Irish Music ArchivesEstablished in 1992, WIMA houses one of the largest public collections of Irish music in America. The pieces in the Archives, as well as events, traveling exhibits, CD projects and our online digital collections ensure this important part of Irish American history is preserved and accessible to collectors, enthusiasts, students and lovers of music in any form. Learn more about Archives events, services and how to schedule a visit to WIMA at the CelticMKE Center in Milwaukee.

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