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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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.

WIMA Track of the Month

Featured Track of the Month

One of Paddy Killoran's band members and collaborators, Jack Healy had one foot in the jazz world and the other in the 1930s New York Irish music scene.

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...


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.

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.

Irish American Hall of History Exhibit

Irish American Hall of History

Celebrating the history of Irish and Irish Americans in American Entertainment


Postcard from the 1916 Irish Rebellion

This exhibit is taken from more than 140 postcards covering the 1916 Irish Rebellion found in the Bob Burke Postcard Collection.

Casey at the Bat Exhibit

Casey at the Bat: The Irish in Baseball

This exhibit uses photos, baseball cards and sheet music to document the contribution the Irish and Irish Americans made to our national pastime.

About the Ward Irish Music Archives

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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