The Dunn Family Collection

Travel back to early twentieth century Milwaukee and explore the life of Irish emigrant Michael J. Dunn, including thirty-two unique wax cylinder recordings produced by Francis O’Neill of Chicago. The collection’s audio recordings, photographs, music manuscripts, and other artifacts tell the story of the Dunn family, along with other famed Irish musicians of the time.

Welcome to the Dunn Family Collection

The Ward Irish Music Archives is excited to bring you this online exhibit featuring materials from the Dunn Family Collection. The cornerstone of the collection features thirty-two rare cylinder recordings collected by Chief Francis O'Neill of Chicago, including tunes by uilleann pipers Patsy Touhey, James Early, and Bernard Delaney, as well as fiddlers Edward Cronin and John McFadden.

Francis O'Neill Cylinders Playlist

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O'Neill Cylinders

Chief O'Neill Cylinders


Listen to thirty-two rare audio recordings collected by Chief O’Neill, produced around 1904.


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Dunn manuscript collection


Look through digital versions of the Dunn manuscript collection.


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