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Papers of J.L.E. Dreyer

The Dreyer papers reflect the lifetime interests of Dr J.L.E. Dreyer. He was Director of the Armagh Observatory from 1882 until 1916. The papers consist of letters and manuscripts of his major publications - The New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars (NGC), his biography of Tycho Bra...

LIRA Library Collection

The collection at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum includes the research library of books and journals, and also memoranda and reports of the scientific and technical research projects undertaken by the Linen Industry Research Association (LIRA) throughout its existence. The Linen Industry ...

Ballymoney Special Collection

The Ballymoney Special Collection is a modest collection of local studies materials on or about Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and Ireland more generally. It has a special emphasis on Irish literature and includes titles by local authors....

George Shiels Collection

The George Shiels Collection consists of the private library of local playwright George Shiels (1881-1949). Shiels was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim. He emigrated to Canada to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway, but was injured in 1913 and disabled for life in an accident. He returned to Nor...

Local Studies Collection, Ballymena

The Local Studies Collection held at Ballymena Library consists of a broad range of materials on or about the history and development of the towns, villages and communities of the North East, extending over most of County Antrim and part of County Londonderry. The collection aspires to include compr...

McSkimin Room Collection

The McSkimin Room in Carrickfergus Library contains a local studies collection containing materials on or about the history and development of Carrickfergus and its environs. Named after Samuel McSkimin (1775-1843), author of the definitive history of the town, “The history and antiquities of the ...

Adair Papers

c.650 documents, c.75 photographs and 2 volumes, 1606-1928, deriving from the Adair family of Loughanmore, Donegore, Co. Antrim and from the related families of Clements of Clements Hill, Straid, Co. Antrim, Ellis of Prospect, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, and Crymble of Ballygallagh, Ballyclare, Co. A...

Royal Ulster Rifles Regimental Museum Library and Archive Collection

The collection held at the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum consists of books, archives and some digitised histories. The collection deals with various aspects of the British Army including titles covering army lists, dating back to 1783. The lists refer to regular officers listed in the British army ofte...

Local Government Papers Collection

The Local Government Papers Collection held at Libraries NI consists of the minutes of the council and committees meetings of Ards Borough Council, Castlereagh Borough Council, North Down Borough Council, Down District Council and Lisburn Borough Council from the 1970s to date. The collection also i...

Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies Collection, formerly located in Library Headquarters, Ballynahinch contains books, maps, newspapers and illustrations on the history, topography, industry, transport, literature and culture of County Down and South Antrim, the area served by the former SEELB Library Service. Inform...

Map Collection, Libraries NI

The Map Collection comprises Ordnance Survey maps of County Down and South Antrim. The Ordnance Survey maps range from the first six-inch edition to the Irish grid series of the 1970s and 1980s. The collection of Ordnance Survey maps for south Antrim is not complete. The collection also includes a r...

Photograph & Postcard Collections, Libraries NI

The Photograph and Postcard Collections held by Libraries NI consist primarily of photographs from the Lawrence and Welch collections, along with some contemporary views from private collections. The postcards include views of all villages and towns, mountains and rivers in the area from late Victor...

Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The Centre supports the Ulster American Folk Park's main activites by providing reference resources for the study of the history of both the United States and Ireland from the 17th and 20th centuries and the link between the two. The Research Library at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies compri...

Rare Books Collection

The Rare Books Collection contains around 8,000 books dating from the sixteenth century to approximately the mid nineteenth century. Covering a broad range of subjects, it is particularly strong in theology, history and literature. The collection is arranged in chronological order and can be searche...

Local History Collection, Derry Central Library

The Local History Collection at Derry Central Library consists of a large collection of books on both local and Irish history. The Library is particularly interested in preserving the local history of the city and all aspects of its social and economic development. It is the Library's policy to coll...

Genealogy and Heraldry Collection, Enniskillen

The Genealogy and Heraldry Collection consists of works on mainly Irish, but also English and Scottish genealogy and heraldry. It comprises books on armorial bearings, heraldry, family crests, order of the garter, peerages and landed gentry. Titles such as "A biographical peerage of Ireland..", 1817...

Military History Collection, Enniskillen

Enniskillen is home to two distinguished regiments, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. In addition to the books that have been written on these regiments, the collection also contains books on the history of other Irish regiments such as the Connaught Rangers, the Ir...

Nawn Collection, Enniskillen

The Nawn Collection consists of books on Irish studies and Fermanagh local history. Titles in the collection include "The life of William Bedell …" by Gilbert Burnet, 1692; "A view of ancient and modern Dublin, with its improvements to the year 1796 …" by John Ferrar, 1796; Dr Robert Clayton's "...

Omagh Library Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies collection held at Omagh Library is extensive and specialises in the history of Tyrone, its towns and villages from the earliest times. Material is available in a variety of formats - books, journals, microfilm, fiche and maps. The Library has a collection of over 1,000 photographs...

Railway History Collection, Enniskillen

The Railway History Collection consists of books, journals and maps on the history and development of railways in Ireland, dating from the mid 1800s to more recent times. Included in the collection is a copy of the Act enabling the Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway Company to make a branch railway...

W.B. Yeats Collection, Enniskillen

The W. B. Yeats Special Collection consists of works by and about this author. The collection consists in the main of poetry, plays and criticisms written by the author himself, there is also a considerable number of critical works. A number of the works such as "Finn and his companions" by Standish...

Andrade Collection

Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971) was Professor of Physics at Woolwich and London University. He was interested in the history of seventeenth century science, particularly in the history of Isaac Newton and Richard Hooke and edited the tercentenary collection of Newton’s letters. Aside f...

F.J. Bigger Archive

The F.J. Bigger Archive held at Belfast Central Library reflects the interests of F. J. Bigger (1863-1926), and consists of his private library of three thousand volumes, which includes books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets and maps from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. These relate t...

Royal Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Company Ltd Collection

The Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society was formed in February 1827. In 1829, after an abortive attempt at laying out botanical gardens at Bradbury Place the current site was purchased on the Stranmillis Road. Monies were raised through a share issue and a committee formed to manage the garden...

Andrew Boyd Archive

The Andrew Boyd Archive consists of 5 radio typescripts, namely "Embassy in Ireland Journey to a sunny land; Life and times of Doctor Madden; Montgomery and the black man; Within our province, Masters and men, how trade unionism began in Ireland". He is perhaps better known for his works "Holy war i...

Brown Street National School Archive

Brown Street Sunday School was one of two endowed schools in Belfast in the nineteenth century. It opened in 1814 and had its origins in the Sunday School movement in Ireland. According to Norman McNeilly in Exactly fifty years: the Belfast Education Authority and its work 1923-73. In 1821 Brown Str...

Bryson and MacAdam Manuscripts Collection

The Bryson and MacAdam manuscripts are the most comprehensive and important collection of Irish language manuscripts now in existence in Northern Ireland. They were purchased by Belfast Public Libraries in 1989 from the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, the forty-four volumes in the...

Cinema Collection

The Cinema Collection at Belfast Central Library is mostly related to Belfast. There are photographs, newspaper cuttings and postcard views of Belfast cinemas taken in the 1950's. There is also a collection of programmes relating to Queen's Film Theatre (QFT)....

Lynn Doyle Collection

Lynn Doyle or Lynn C. Doyle were both pseudonyms for the writer Leslie Alexander Montgomery (1873-1961). The collection held at Belfast Central Library is his complete archive. The collection consists of records ranging from financial, broadcasts and lectures, manuscripts of his works right through ...

St John Greer Ervine Collection

St John Greer Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist,biographer and critic. He was born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast. Both of his parents were deaf mutes and his maternal grandmother had a great influence on his early life. She had a shop on the Albertbridge Road and it is here that he absorbed ...

Frederick Gamble Archive

The Frederick Gamble Archive consists of a typescript of his novel "A man and a half". An Ulster novelist, Gamble was the News Editor of the Belfast Telegraph. He was particularly interested in the Ulster dialect and wrote a long standing column on this subject. He often wrote under the pseudonyum J...

Mary Gardiner Archive

The Mary Gardiner Archive consists of historical plays for schools and proof copies of all....

Richard Hayward Archive

The Richard Hayward Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of manuscripts, typescripts and a dictaphone recording. Richard Hayward (1898-1964) was a native of Northern Ireland. He began his career as an actor in Belfast, but was also well known as a travel writer. He was particularly interested...

Sam Henry Collection

Sam Henry (1870-1952) was born in Coleraine. He worked as an Excise Officer. Henry was a recognised authority on the folklore of Northern Ireland. He is best known for his collection of ballads and songs in "Songs of the people". These were originally published in the 'Northern Constitution' newspap...

Horner Collection

The Horner Collection at Belfast Central Library is representative of Horner's main interest namely textile manufacture. It comprises books and scrap books dealing with textile manufacture through out the world. John Horner (1858-1919) was born in Belfast. He was a member of the Belfast Natural Hist...

Irish Manuscripts Commission Collection

According to the Catalogue of Publications produced by the Irish Manuscripts Commission, the Commission was established in 1928, "to report on collections of manuscripts and papers of literary, historical and general interest relating to Ireland, whether in private or public ownership, and also to a...

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 wa...

Jack Loudan Archive

The Jack Loudan Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of a typescript of the play "The Sham prince or News from Passau". Loudan is better known for his biography of Amanda M'Kittrick Ros - "O Rare Amanda". He completed her unfinished novel "Helen Huddleson"....

A. S. Moore Collection

The A. S. Moore Collection held at Belfast Central Library reflects the personal interests of this well known Ulster journalist. The Collection consists of cuttings, manuscripts and articles which are concerned with local history (Belfast). Moore was an authority on old Belfast and wrote a series of...

Postcard Collection

Belfast Central Library holds a collection of Irish related postcards which date from the early twentieth century to the present day. Eighteen folders of postcards have been collected, the vast majority relating to Belfast and the six counties of Northern Ireland, although the counties in the Republ...

Alexander Riddel Collection

Alexander Riddel served in the editorial department of the "Northern Whig" for 50 years. He was the Literary Editor for some time and later Assistant Editor. He died in 1958 in his 85th year. He was also editor of the "Weekly Northern Whig", this was discontinued after the outreak of World War II. R...

John D. Stewart Collection

The John D. Stewart Collection at Belfast Central Library consists of the typescript, manuscript and manuscript notes of his play "Danger men working." This play was produced by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric, Hammersmith in 1951; it was also toured by the Ulster Group Theatre and produced at the Abbey...

Theatre Collection

Belfast Central Library has approximately three thousand Irish theatre bills, programmes and other ephemeral items. These include a particularly fine collection of Theatre Royal material, but other Belfast theatres, ranging from the Alhambra to the Hippodrome are also extensively covered. A wide ran...

Sam Thompson Collection

The Sam Thompson Collection at Belfast Central Library reflects his life as a playwright in Belfast in the 1960's, it also includes some related material - writings of Warren Julian Thompson (son). Sam Thompson was born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast in 1916 and worked for the greater part of his life a...

United Irishmen Collection

This collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection held at Belfast Central Library. It reflects the personal interests of F.J. Bigger, a keen historian. The collection is made up of manuscripts for a proposed series of pamphlets concerning the Northern United Irishmen. His own relatives had so...

W.B. Yeats Collection

The W.B. Yeats Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of an extensive collection of correspondence with J.S. Crone. Included in this collection is a scrap book of newspaper cuttings concerned with Yeats collected and mounted by Crone....

Fine Book Room Collection

Belfast Central Library, since its foundation in 1888, has built up an outstanding collection of rare books, manuscripts and archives, which now constitute the Special Collections. The majority of these resources are housed in the Fine Book Room. The collections include landmark examples of printing...

Travel Collection

This collection comprises travel literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. It comprises some of the greatest guide books and accounts of exploratory journeys such as James Cook's "A Voyage Towards the South Pole", Sir Hans Sloane's History of Jamaica and Alexander Fisher's "Voyage to Artic Regions"...

John Irvine Archive

The John Irvine Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of a manuscript of "Lost Sanctuary and other Poems". This was later published in 1954 by Quota Press of Belfast. John Irvine (1903-1964) was born in Belfast....

Newspaper Collection

Newspapers represent one of the major primary sources for local research. They often provide the most detailed account of local events, and the most effective reflection of local responses to those events. The library has one of the major collections in Ireland of Irish newspapers including over 100...

Map Collection

The map collection includes approximately 50 general maps of Belfast and the same number of specialised maps relating to the city. There are also large scale maps of 45 Irish towns other than those in the major series listed: 1832 Ordnance Survey of Ireland – scale 6" to 1 mile - a fine series of ...

Antiquarian Map Collection

The library has a fine collection of early Irish maps dating from the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century. The increasing sophistication of printing processes as harnessed for the production of maps from the 16th century through to the late 19th century, can be traced in the range of m...

Pamphlets Collection

The Pamphlets Collection includes items published from the seventeenth century onwards. Although the collection covers a wide range of topics, the bulk concerns Protestant theology and matters relating to Ireland. Those published prior to 1900 are mostly bound in approximately 800 volumes, while the...

Tully Collection

The Tully Collection at Belfast Central Library consists of pamphlets relating to World War I. The pamphlets are concerned with the countries involved in World War I, most countries are considered under a wide range of topics. The pamphlets deal with such topics as militarism, world peace, the Leagu...

John Vinycomb Collection

John Vinycomb was the leading artist for the Belfast publisher Marcus Ward. The John Vinycomb Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of a collection of illustrations and some correspondence with J.S. Crone. It is part of the J.S. Crone Archive....

Irish & Local Studies Library, Armagh

The Irish & Local Studies Library at Armagh (NI Libraries) comprises books, eighteenth & nineteenth century pamphlets, atlases, directories, postcards, maps, scholarly journals and newspapers. It is a very comprehensive collection with a wide-ranging stock covering all aspects of Irish life ...

Crossle Papers

The Crossle Papers at Libraries NI comprise background and genealogical information on families in the Newry area of Northern Ireland. The information is handwritten and accumulated in notebooks and scrapbooks from the early 1900s. Francis Crossle, and later his son Philip Crossle, compiled the info...

Newspaper & Journal Collection

Armgh City Library's Newspaper collection has greatly expanded over the years and includes at least one newspaper from each locality within the Armagh area as well as a selection of national dailies, weeklies and specialist papers. Some of the newspapers go back to the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...

Grocer Handbills Collection

The Grocer Handbills Collection held by Libraries NI date from the early to the mid-nineteenth century. Comprising 21 items in total, the handbills to be found in this collection were used by local tradesmen in Ballymoney to promote their businesses both locally and further afield and, as such, give...

Langford Lodge Collection

This collection consists of large scale photographs depicting life at the US camp near Crumlin, County Antrim during World War II. US army, navy and marine personnel were stationed in Ulster during World War II, primarily during the years 1942-1945. Londonderry was the largest US communications base...

Architectural Record

The Architectural Record is maintained and administered by the Built Heritage branch of the Department of the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland. It comprises a series of records on over 15,000 historic buildings and features located throughout the 6 counties of Northern Ireland b...

Industrial Heritage Record

The Industrial Archaeology Record (or Industrial Heritage Record as is sometimes known) is maintained and administered by the Built Heritage branch of the Department of the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland (EHS). It is a map-based record with data on over 18,000 important ind...

W.A. McCutcheon Archive

Research collection of the industrial archaeologist, W.A. McCutcheon. An extensive and important collection, it comprises the cumulative working notes, photographs, slides and papers etc accumulated and compiled by McCutcheon in the preparation of his major work, The Industrial Archaeology of Northe...

Ulster Museum Photographic Collection

The Ulster Museum maintains and administers a wide range of photographic collections as part of its overall holdings. Together they comprise over 100,000 topographical, portraiture and historical images, mostly black and white, in both print and negative formats. They date mainly from c. 1880 onward...

R.J. Welch Collection

Extensive collection of photographs by the Belfast photographer, R.J. Welch (1870-1939). With a career spanning some 53 years, Robert John Welch was the leading photographer of his generation operating in the north of Ireland. Setting up business on his own in 1883, Welch built up a high reputation ...

F.J. Bigger Photographic Collection

Photographic collection of the Belfast solicitor and antiquarian, F.J. Bigger (1863-1926). The collection comprises approx. 4000 prints and negatives reflecting Bigger's lifelong interest in Irish antiquities and folk life. It includes images of antiquarian ruins, Round Towers, churches, traditional...

A.R. Hogg Photographic Collection

Collection of historic and topographical photographs by the Belfast photographer, Alexander Robert Hogg (1870-1939). Comprising glass plate negatives, lantern slides and prints, the collection relates to a wide range of subject areas typical of a successful local photographer of the early 20th centu...

Northern Ireland Place Name Project Sound Archive

Collection of sound recordings and associated transcripts compiled by the Northern Ireland Place name Project at Queen's University Belfast. Established in 1987, the Northern Ireland Place Name Project was set up to "research the origin of all names of settlements and physical features in Northern I...

Methodist Historical Society of Ireland

The Irish Branch of the Wesley Historical Society in Belfast administers and maintains a comprehensive and unrivalled collection of works on or relating to Methodism in Ireland. Containing in excess of 8,000 volumes, it was established in 1926 on the foundation of the Irish branch in support of its ...

Stranmillis University College School Textbooks Collection

This is a small collection of Irish school books which are pre-1931. They are mostly of the 19th and early 20th century, approximately 134 fall within the period 1769-1899. Many of them were published by the Commissioners of National Education Ireland....

Somerville & Ross Manuscripts

Significant collection of personal and literary papers of Edith Somerville (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915) alias “Somerville and Ross,” one of Ireland's most celebrated literary partnerships. An important and unique collection reflecting the lives, interests and work of the two authors...

Queen's University Belfast Archive

Institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast.

The collection comprises official documents, minutes, correspondence, reports and other papers and photographs pertaining to the history and development of the University from its foundation in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast through t...

Music Collections of the Royal Irish Academy of Music

The general music materials are focused on supporting academic requirements of students and staff of the Academy. These include books and periodicals on music, reference works and bibliographies, including online databases. Printed music comprises performing editions, full and study scores, and a su...

The Irish Traditional Music Archive

The Archive’s primary remit covers the island of Ireland and the Irish diaspora – Irish-Britain, Irish-America, Irish-Australia etc. – and all those performers of Irish traditional music throughout the world who are not of Irish blood. It also collects traditional music from other countries in...

Belfast Central Library. Music Library

The Music Library contains a large collection of music literature, printed and recorded music. The printed stock consists of approximately 35,000 books, 40,000 scores and 1,500 periodical volumes. The scores include the Choral Collection, which consists of multiple copies of all the best known vocal...

Armachiana

Armachiana (also known as Armagh Miscellanea) is a collection of 24 bound volumes which comprise some of the typed notes and lectures of Mr TGF Paterson, the first Curator of Armagh County Museum. The collection deals with all aspects of life in County Armagh including such things as dialect in the ...

Blacker Day Books Collection

This collection consists of the original volumes of the writings of Col. William Blacker and Stewart Blacker of Carrickblacker, Armagh. Many subjects are covered including school and university life, events of 1798, militia affairs and travel. It includes poems, drawings and scrapbooks kept by Stewa...

18th Century Books and Pamphlets

General collection of 18th century books and pamphlets. The collection relates to a wide variety of subject areas representative of the interests and pre-occupations of writers of this period and the collecting concerns of QUB library. History, politics, religion, language and literature are all wel...

Foster Pamphlet Collection

Collection of 18th century pamphlets, magazines and reports etc compiled by John Foster, Baron Oriel (1740-1828), last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. An important and unique assemblage of materials, the collection was compiled by Foster during his years of high political office in both the I...

Hibernica Collection

The Hibernica Collection, or Henry Collection as it was previously known, is a substantial collection of monographs, periodicals and pamphlets of general Irish interest and/or origin, being strongest in history and literature, and also including works of Scottish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton. Officially...

Simms Collection (Irish)

Significant collection of early monographs, pamphlets, bound letters etc pertaining to Ireland by foreign authors and/or by Irishmen printed abroad. Dating mainly from before 1701, the Simms collection contains many rare and important items that have been gathered together by a local book collector ...

Henry Collection

Collection of correspondence, working notes and papers of Robert Mitchell Henry (1873-1950), Professor of Latin at Queen’s University Belfast (1907-38) and later Professor of Humanities at the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh (1939-47) and honorary chair of Classical Literature at Trinity Coll...

Special Collections & Archives

Established in 1849, the Library of Queen's University Belfast comprises one of the largest collections of books, periodicals and pamphlets held in Northern Ireland. One of the Library's great strengths lies in its department of Special Collections & Archives, containing approximately 100,000 vo...

Simms Medical Collection

Distinguished library of early medical works and medical history belonging to Dr Samuel Simms (d. 1967) of Belfast. Once described as one of the most selective and extensive of collections in private hands, the Simms Medical collection is an outstanding assemblage of works concerning the practice of...

Hart Collection

Substantial collection of personal and official papers of Sir Robert Hart (1835-1911), Inspector General of the Imperial Customs, Peking, 1863-1908. The collection contains a range of interesting and insightful material relating to Hart’s official duties and experiences in Peking during his long c...

Wright Collection

Papers and books of Dr. Stanley Fowler Wright (1873-1953), Commissioner of Customs and Personal Secretary to the Inspector General, the Chinese Maritime Customs. In addition to manuscripts, there are books in Chinese, books and pamphlets on China and on the Chinese Customs, many official printed pap...

19th and 20th Century Books

General collection of valuable, limited, fine or rare material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection relates to a disparate range of subject areas with items selected for their evidential and/or bibliographic value. Included can be found modern reproductions of some of the world’s most ...

Waddell Manuscripts

Papers of the Ulster writer and scholar, Helen Waddell (1889-1965). The collection consists of notes, translations, holograph and typescript manuscripts of published and unpublished works by Waddell, c.1909-47, and an extensive series of correspondence with the critic and historian George Saintsbury...

Kyllmann Correspondence

Collection of 133 manuscript and typescript letters from 34 correspondents to Otto Kyllmann (d. 1958), senior partner of the publishing firm, Constable & Co., with typescript copies of 16 of his letters to various correspondents, and one note in his hand; the whole collection spanning the period...

Bullock Manuscripts

Papers of the Irish writer, Shan F. Bullock (1865-1935). The collection consists of holograph and typescript manuscripts of both published and unpublished works by Bullock featuring examples of his poetry, fictional writing and dramatic works. The collection also includes items of personal interest ...

Thomson Collection

Collection of scientific papers and notebooks, memoranda, lectures, correspondence etc of James Thomson (1822-1892), Professor of Engineering at Queen’s College, Belfast, 1857-1873. Various topics are highlighted in the collection reflecting Professor Thomson’s wide range of research interests. ...

Pim Manuscripts

Papers of the Belfast born author and poet, Herbert Moore Pim (1883-?). A relatively small batch of materials, this collection consists mainly of literary manuscripts concerning a number of published and unpublished works by Pim, including typewritten drafts of the novel, ‘The Pes...

Percy Collection

The almost intact 18th century library of the author and antiquarian, Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, Co. Down. Described at one time as the finest library in private hands in Ireland, the collection contains monographs, bound volumes of pamphlets and some manuscripts relating principal...

O'Shaughnessy Manuscripts

Collection of literary manuscripts of the Victorian poet, Arthur O’Shaughnessy (1844-81) comprising chiefly of some 21 annotated notebooks of poems, prose and verse composed by him, c 1860-70, and appearing in his published works, ‘An Epic of Women’ (1870), ‘Lays of France’ (1872), ‘Musi...

O'Rahilly Collection

Collection of Irish manuscripts and printed books annotated by the distinguished Celtic Scholar, T.F. O’Rahilly (1883-1953). A relatively small assemblage of material, the books are extensively annotated by O'Rahilly and include a range of titles on Irish dialect, grammar and Irish Literature, dat...

Newport Collection

Collection of letters and other papers relating to the public and private affairs of Sir John Newport (1756-1843), Irish Politician and Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer, banker and landowner. The bulk of the collection consists of some 250 letters, c 1765-c 1862, addressed to, and received from, so...

Moore Collection

Special collection of books etc, by, or relating to, the Irish poet, satirist, composer, and musician, Thomas Moore (1779-1852). Born in Dublin to Roman Catholic parents in 1779, Thomas Moore went on to become one of Ireland's most popular writers, regarded at the time, as Ireland's national lyricis...

MacAdam Manuscript

Extant manuscript for an English-Irish Dictionary of Ulster Irish compiled for and in association with the Belfast born industrialist and Gaelic Scholar, Robert Shipboy MacAdam (1808-95). The manuscript consists of some 23 folios arranged alphabetically and containing the completed results of MacAda...

MacDouall Manuscripts

Collection of holograph papers and working notes of Professor Charles MacDouall (1813-83), Professor of Latin and subsequently of Greek at Queen’s College, Belfast, (1849-78). The collection consists of finished essays, reference aids, lectures, emendations and miscellaneous notes prepared and use...

Harty Collection

Collection of holograph manuscripts of the composer and conductor, Sir Hamilton Harty (1879-1941) featuring full and part scores to a range of orchestral and choral pieces composed or arranged by Harty, c 1900-1939. Included in the collection are arrangements of Handel and Berlioz, whose performance...

Ferguson Collection

Collection of research materials collected by Godfrey W. Ferguson (d. c 1939/40) of Belfast, President of the Belfast Literary Society (1922-23, 1934-35), concerning Anne Isabella Milbanke, Lady Byron (1792-1860), wife of the Romantic Poet, Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), and, in particular, t...

Early Printed Books (Pre-1701)

Collection of 16th and 17th century books and pamphlets, including facsimilies. An extensive collection of early works, it contains in excess of 3,700 items, including 20 incunabula (i.e. printed before 1500), 267 STC and 1,430 Wing items, relating to a wide range of subject areas reflecting the int...

Allingham Manuscripts

Collection of 44 original manuscript letters from the Irish poet, William Allingham (1824-89), to Henry Septimus Sutton (1825-1901). An important collection of letters from one poet to another, the letters provide a unique insight and commentary on the emergence of Allingham as a published author fr...

William Allingham Archive

This archive consists of the manuscript of William Allingham's poem "Among the Heather". William Allingham was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal on March 19th 1824. His father was a successful merchant and later a banker in the town. He grew up in Ballyshannon and worked in the bank there and var...

Ulster Writers Archive

The Archive of Ulster Writers at Belfast Central Library is made up of manuscripts, typescripts, diaries and some photographic memorabilia. The Archive includes material which is concerned with the following Ulster writers: William Allingham; Andrew Boyd; Frederick Gamble; Mary Gardiner; Frederick H...

Bunting Collection

Major collection of Irish musical manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence etc concerning the work of the Irish Music Collector and Musician, Edward Bunting (1773-1843) arising out of the Belfast Harpers Festival of 1792 and published in ‘A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music’ in 1796 (re...

Andrews Manuscripts

This collection consists of a selection of scientific papers and correspondence by and addressed to Chemist and Physicist, Thomas Andrews (1813-85), chiefly written in his own hand or copied by his daughters, Elizabeth Andrews and Mary K. Andrews, and forming part of the documents used in the prepar...

Carnduff Collection

Personal, literary and collected papers of and/or relating to Thomas Carnduff (1886-1956), the Belfast essayist, playwright and poet. An important figure in cultural circles during the early 20th century, Thomas Carnduff, the so-called 'Shipyard Poet,' was a profilic writer and acute observer of Bel...

Brett Collection

Small collection of miscellaneous papers and documents deposited by the Belfast solicitor, Sir Charles Brett (1839-1926). The collection consists of a variety of material, mainly of antiquarian interest, including books, extracts, manuscripts, and other documents relating principally to early Englis...

Antrim Presbytery Library

Collection of theological, philosophical and literary works ranging from the 16th to 18th Centuries, maintained and accumulated by the Presbyterian congregations in Belfast and Antrim, 1765-1873, for the purposes of local intellectuals and Presbyterian ministers. In addition to items on theology, ph...

Antrim Presbytery Papers

Antrim Presbytery Papers...

T.G.F. Paterson Manuscript Collection

This collection comprises T.G.F. Paterson's notebooks. The notebooks are concerned with pedigrees and genealogies of families connected with County Armagh, local history, dialect, archaeology, folklore and place-name studies. He published regularly in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, County Louth ...

AE/ George Russell Collection

The material in this collection consists of illustrated poems, photographs and books of poetry by the artist, poet and theosophist George Russell (AE) 1867-1935. George Russell, also known as AE was one of the founders of the Irish Theatrical Company at the Abbey Theatre. He contributed regularly to...

Music Collection

The music collection at Queen’s University Belfast is an open access collection which is primarily focused towards the needs of students and academic staff. The collection is located at The McClay Library at Queen’s and consists of over 15,000 books on music and printed editions of music (dating...

Gilbert Collection

The Gilbert Collection comprises draft autograph and typescript manuscripts of novels and short stories, proof copies and quires, correspondence, notes, synopses, draft speeches, draft poems, juvenilia, school reports, photographs, scrapbooks, and postcards of Stephen Gilbert. The correspondence inc...

Government Publications

Parliamentary and other government publications from the UK and Northern Ireland...

Official Publications Collection

The official publications collection at Queen's University includes Parliamentary Papers held from the beginning of the 19th Century onwards, a Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive and a European Documentation Centre archive of EU materials. Official publications are also held for the Repu...

Government Publications

Various Northern Ireland government publications, including Northern Ireland Parliamentary papers, Northern Ireland Assembly papers, Northern Ireland Departmental publications and Non-Departmental publications (1889-present)

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Government Publications

Parliamentary legal and other government publications from the UK and Northern Ireland...

Kilkenny County Library Services

Scores: a collection of scores consisting mainly of classical works
Reference Collection: A collection of materials of local interest including programmes and posters from Arts Week, Kilkenny Musical Society and St. Mary's Choral Society.
Books: a broad selection of titles ...

Youth Link: NI



Youth Link: NI is the inter-church youth service for Northern Ireland. It was established in 1991 b...

Reference Collection

The Reference Library holds books and periodicals relating to the Chester Beatty Library collections....

Rare book collection

Formerly the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968)...

Caldwell Collection

The Caldwell Collection is a broad and varied collection spanning almost three centuries. Its core is made up of the private and business correspondence of members of the Caldwell family and to a lesser extent their wives, siblings, near relatives and business partners.

The following male...

Eleanor Knott Collection

Papers of Eleanor Marie Knott, 1886-1975, Old-Irish scholar and academic. Including correspondence, notebooks, drafts and printed material.

In 1939 she was appointed Professor of early Irish in Trinity College Dublin and was one of the first women elected to the Royal Irish Academy. From ...

Dublin Unitarian Church Collection

The Dublin Unitarian Church Collection was donated to the Royal Irish Academy by the Dublin Unitarian Church in two separate deposits.

The first deposit is comprised of documents relating to the Unitarian community of Dublin and some of its predecessor congregations, located over time at ...

Doegen Collection

The Doegen Collection consists of the administrative correspondence of the Doegen Irish dialects project which was carried out between 1928 and 1931. This project entailed the recording of Irish speakers in Ulster, Connacht and Munster. The collections includes correspondence between Gaelic-speaking...

Nally Collection

Papers of Edward Vincent Nally [Éamonn Mhac Fhailigh], 1907-1992 of Emper, Ballynacargy. Nally was a school-teacher who maintained a life-long interest in both Irish and Hiberno-English. His major work, The Irish of Erris, Co. Mayo: a phonemic study was published in 1968. He was a contributor to É...

Graves Collection

The Graves Collection consists mainly of 19th century antiquarian correspondence. It is an amalgamation of three separate, but related, correspondence collections of three prominent Irish antiquarians:
John O’Donovan (1806-1861)
Rev. James Graves (1815-1886)
Rev. Charles Graves (18...

Lough Hyne Collection

The Lough Hyne/Ine Collection is made up of documents arising from the scientific expeditions carried out at Lough Ine marine lake, Cork from the 1940s until the 1980s.

These expeditions were carried out by teams of British scientists and students led by Professor Jack Kitching and Profes...

Upton Collection

Personal papers of Henry A. S. Upton of Coolatore, Moate, Co. Westmeath, 1870-1947, an amateur genealogist and local historian.

The bulk of collection consists of 20th century transcripts of legal and historical documents dating from the 17th century to the 19th century used to trace gene...

Reside Collection

The Reside Collection contains documents which are of great importance to the study of local history and geneaology in the Newry and Mourne area. The Collection is the product of the professional lives of Major G.W. Reside, an architect and engineer based in Newry and his wife Margaret (neé Fisher)...

Comintern Papers (Irish Labour Movement Papers)

This collection comprises copies of files held in the Russian Archive for Social and Political History (RGASPI), Moscow. The files pertain to the Irish labour movement and the history of Communism in Ireland, comprising documents from the departments and standing committees of the Executive Committe...

Reid Collection

The Forrest Reid Collection comprises typescript and manuscript drafts of longer works, short stories and poems, as well as proof copies, bibliographies and catalogues. The collection of correspondence is particularly strong and is further enhanced by items such as Christmas cards, postcards, photog...

Delargy Collection

Séamus Ó Duilearga (1899-1980), born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, was a student of Celtic Studies in UCD when a chance meeting in 1921 with Norwegian folklorist Reidar Thorolf Christiansen launched him on what was to become a lifetime of collecting and safeguarding Ireland’s folk heritage. He was ...

Shields Collection

The library of Arthur Shields (1896-1970), Irish stage and film actor....

Henry Library

The Henry collection contains c. 4500 items. The bulk of the collection represents the Library of the Reverend Joseph Henry, D.D (1821-1885). The Henry Library is held on deposit from the Church of Ireland diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry....

King's Inns

The King's Inns collection of c55 items is comprised of works on various subjects including astrology, history, religion, science, travel.  Notable contents include Augstine, Confessiones, c. 1470, Benyowsky's Memoirs and Travels, 1790.

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St. Anthony's Rare Book Collection

The St. Anthony's Rare Book Collection, numbering c. 280 items, formed part of the library of St. Anthony's Franciscan College which was acquired by UCG in 1992. The collection contains many rare and interesting works on topics ranging in scope from theology and apologetics to bardism and Norse myth...

McAllister Collection: Church History Pamphlets

This is a collection of pamphlets accumulated by James McAllister, lecturer in Economic History at Queen’s University Belfast 1973-2007. He had a particular interest in local history and is noted for compiling ‘A Belfast chronicle 1789: a compilation from the Belfast Newsletter.’ He collect...

Met Éireann Library

The Met Éireann Library is the central repository for meteorology-related publications in Ireland.  It includes a core collection of textbooks, scientific journals, organisational publications and archives of scientific and historical interest.  

When the Irish Meteorological Service w...

Gamble Library Irish Collection

The Gamble Library Irish Collection contains around two thousand items relating to Irish history, with special reference to religious and political history, especially the history of the Presbyterian Church, making it an essential resource for research into Irish Presbyterianism. It also contains th...

Presbyterian Mission Archive

The Presbyterian Mission Archive includes letters, scrapbooks, photographs, audio recordings, postcards, minutes and diaries relating to foreign missions conducted by Irish Presbyterians or the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, in places such as India, Manchuria and Africa, as well as missions deliver...

Ringling North Collection

A very fine collection of c. 1200 items on subjects such as travel literature and the history of art, this was the personal library of Henry Ringling North (1909-1993), former owner and manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Items are largely in pristine condition....

Kevin Boyle Collection

The Kevin Boyle Collection (archive and library) is a wealth of material in the fields of human rights and law research and scholarship. Focus on the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, the Troubles, international freedom of expression and freedom of religious belief defence reflects Boyle's ...

Bairéad Collection

This collection contains a wealth of Irish language material and ephemeral material from the early days of the Gaelic revival movements, as collected by Stiophán (1867-1921) and Ciarán (1905-1976) Bairéad. Síghle Bairéad (1903-1985) donated this material to the Library in 1976 in memory of her ...

Mac Fhinn Collection

Collection of 300+ items accumulated by Msgr. Eric Mac Fhinn (1895-1987) of Co. Galway, UCG lecturer in education (through Irish) 1931-1965....

Larkin Collection

The library of Professor Patrick Larkin (Education Department, UCG) and his wife Rita Larkin....

Samuel Beckett collection

The Samuel Beckett collection comprises six distinct series and one miscellaneous series of Beckett-related material including manuscripts and typescripts by Beckett, correspondence with Beckett, ephemera, photographs, and publications by and about Beckett:

The

Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection

The Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection is primarily Beckett manuscripts and publications, but also includes theater programs, audiovisual material, and ephemera spanning 1929 to 1981. Material is arranged in six subseries:
A. Manuscripts;
B. Publications;
C. Theater progr...

Samuel N. Freedman collection on George Bernard Shaw

The George Bernard Shaw collection consists of approximately 2 linear feet (7 boxes) of Shaw materials accumulated over a period of about forty years by Samuel Freedman. The collection included about 3,000 books by and about Shaw, which are catalogued for the Irish Collection in the Bur...

Seán O'Faoláin papers

The Seán O'Faoláin Papers contain correspondence to and from Seán O'Faoláin, manuscript material for short stories written by O'Faoláin which appeared in published form as Tales and Stories (1966) and clippings about O'Faoláin's autobiography Vive Moi!. Correspon...

Flann O'Brien collection

The Flann O'Brien Collection contains a wide variety of materials: papers, books, art works, and personal memorabilia. Materials in this collection are dated from 1884 to 1991, thus predating and postdating the life of Flann O'Brien (1911-1966). Most of the materials date between 1935 a...

John F. Deane papers

The John F. Deane papers includes correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings related to Deane's life, literary output and career as a literary editor. The correspondents include Samuel Beckett, Daniel Berrigan, Alaine Bosquet, Padraig Daly, Paul Durcan, Joh...

Gerald Dawe papers

The Gerald Dawe Papers comprise approximately 5 linear ft (12 boxes). The papers contains manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and audio tapes related to Dawe's own creative work as well as his role as a literary editor. Prominent correspondents include John Banville, John F. Deane,...

Kathleen Daly Clarke papers and collection of Thomas Clarke and Irish political materials

The papers contain correspondence, photographs, artwork, ephemera, and clippings documenting the life and career of Kathleen Daly Clarke, while Clarke's collection includes materials about her husband Thomas Clarke and Irish politics during the early- to mid-1900s. Of note are cards she...

Séamus Connolly papers

The Séamus Connolly papers document aspects of the music career of Irish traditional fiddle player Séamus Connolly. All materials were donated by Séamus Connolly. The collection highlights Connolly’s career as a performing artist as well as his commitment to preserving Irish tradit...

Frederick M. Manning collection of John McCormack materials

These materials pertaining to John McCormack’s life and career were compiled by Frederick M. Manning. Notable manuscripts in the collection include McCormack’s memoirs, a book of song lyrics used as a prompt and prop by McCormack in performance, a handwritten index of McCormack’s ...

Mary O'Hara papers

The Mary O'Hara papers document the performances, public career, and personal life of Irish soprano and harpist Mary O'Hara. The collection highlights her early rise to fame in the 1950s until her entrance to Stanbrook Abbey in 1962, as well her return to her music career in 1974 until ...

CCÉ North America collection of Irish music materials

The CCÉ North America Collection of Irish Music Materials documents the history and activities of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann in North America with reference to the activities of CCÉ in Ireland. The collection also reflects efforts by CCÉ North America members to preserve audio and video of per...

Egan harp collection

This collection contains two Portable Irish Harps by nineteenth century Irish harp maker John Egan.

The Portable Irish Harp was made by John Egan, circa 1819, and is inscribed on the brass plate: John Egan - Inventor. / Dawson St. Dublin. The harp is handsomely decorat...

Lady Gregory Collection

This substantial collection was purchased by the Library in 1976. It contains many different editions and printings of material published by and about Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932). A native of County Galway, she was a major figure in the Irish Literary Revival and the founding of the A...

Harry Barton Collection

Papers of the Irish writer, playwright and broadcaster, Harry Barton (1916-2006). The collection comprises holographs and typescript copies of Barton’s works, typed and manuscript letters (mainly to Barton), play programmes, newspapers cuttings of reviews, photographs and cuttings of broadcast sch...