Alexander Irvine Collection

The Alexander Irvine Collection comprises typescripts, photographs, postcards and diaries. The diaries give a fascinating insight into the strength of his religious conviction along with his everyday worries. Alexander Irvine is best remembered for his novel "My Lady of the Chimney Corner", which was published in 1913. He was born into a poverty-stricken home in Scott's Entry, Antrim on 19th January 1862 and became a missionary amongst the poor of the Bowery in New York City. He began writing after meeting the author of "White Fang", Jack London, whom he greatly admired. Typescripts of Irvine’s work include amongst others, "The Family Album", "My Cathedral" and "Ordeal by Prayer". The postcards and photographs illustrate what life was like in Irvine’s home town during the latter part of the nineteenth century.


The material in the collection gives a very personal insight into Irvine's life and times.

Physical characteristics

The collection comprises one archival box. The collection includes typescripts of Irvine's works, diaries, photographs and postcards.

Description or Catalogue

Itemised hand list with manual indexing available for consultation.


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Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 31 March 2019