It's been about 5 years since I looked at the collection. It used to just be in a small room and you could browse at your leisure (which I did for many days of my high school lfe!). Now, it's in the rare books collection (in the basement, I think) and you have to tell the librarian to fetch whatever particular book you want. The collection is catalogued online and in a card catalog format as well, but if I recall correctly, it's not so easy to just browse through. I certainly miss grabbing a random stack of books from the collection and looking theough them one-by-one, but if you go in there with either a particular goal in mind or a lot of time and patience, you'll be rewarded.
There's also a set of uilleann pipes in the collection-a Bb set made by Taylor, I think. Nobody there knew what it was. Somebody on the list can probably give the name of the person who donated them. I seem to remember something about a Michael C.-something, a firefighter in Wisconsin and a friend of O'Neill's.
Drop me an email if you decide to go. I don't live in South Bend anymore but I can recommend sessions.
Autumn Rhodes (Indiana and San Francisco)
On Feb 6, 2013, at 8:21 AM, Bill Black <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Greetings to all
> Is anyone familiar with the present status of the O'Neill collection at Notre Dame? I know they have the material that the Chief donated to them in 1931 but I was wondering if it's on display, or if not what arrangements have to be made to get access to it.
> Many thanks
> Bill Black
> (... who actually visited the Deering Police Station the last time I was in town!)