Handwritten manuscripts of plays in Barney Williams collection at the NYPL

Barney Williams

This past week I was in New York City and decided to stop by the New York Public Library. I searched the catalog for “Barney Williams” and discovered that the NYPL Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts had nine boxes of materials related to Irish songster Barney Williams (1824-1876). The collection [see citation below] is mostly handwritten plays and scripts that Barney and his wife Mary performed. Barney performed in America in the mid-1800s mostly in the New York area and also entertained the troops during the Civil War.


New York Public Library
9-NCOF+ (Williams, B. Collection of Plays)
Collection of plays, most of which were written expressly for Barney Williams and played by him.

Here are some of the names of plays in the NYPL collection:

  • The bachelor’s whim
  • Born to good luck
  • The Connie Soogah
  • Yankee help
  • Darby O’Donnell
  • Emerald Isle
  • Emerald Ring
  • Female Forty thieves
  • The Fenians of Mullingar
  • Grist to the Mill
  • Governor’s Wife
  • An hour in Seville
  • The Irish Ambassador
  • An Irish joke
  • An Irish legacy
  • The Irish Yankee
  • Jack Sheppard
  • Kate Kearney
  • The Knight of Arva
  • The Ladder of Love
  • The Lakes of Killarney
  • Latest from New York
  • Law for ladies
  • The Leprechaun
  • Lucifer Matches
  • Melissa Meddle
  • Miles O’Reilly
  • My brother Teddy
  • One of the right sort
  • Orphan of TIpperary
  • Paul Dogherty
  • Shamrock
  • The three sisters
  • Twelve Precisely
  • The Wept of the Wish-ton-wish
  • Women will talk

Another CDV of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Williams, a husband-wife, Irish performance team from the mid 19th century has surfaced again.  This is the second to surface in just the past 30 days. I’ve blogged several times about this couple.

Barney and Mary Williams, Irish songsters-performers

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