Title Description

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...

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...

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"...

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...

Dufferin Papers

Estate, family and political papers of the Blackwood family of Clandeboye, Bangor, Co. Down, Lords Dufferin and Marquesses of Dufferin and Ava. The collection focuses mainly on the records of Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, 5th Baron Dufferin and 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-19...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Early Economics Collection

Collection of works of early economic theory and philosophy dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries. A relatively small assemblage of some 234 items, the collection includes a comprehensive range of material by many of the major economists of the period covered, in particular for the late 18...

Ross-Rosenzweig Collection

Collection of monographs, periodicals and facsimilies, etc., on or relating to a variety of Hebrew and Jewish subjects and studies. Included are Hebrew texts relating to the interpretation, analysis and commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community, alongside works of Hebrew literature...

MacDouall Collection

Collection of general literature, Sanskrit and comparative philology from the personal library of Charles MacDouall (1818-1883), first Professor of Latin at Queen's College, Belfast (1849-50) and second Professor of Greek (1850-78). The collection includes material relating to Classical, Eastern and...

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...

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...

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...

Charles Collection

Small collection of papers and photographic material presented to the University Library by the Biblical Scholar, R.H. Charles, Archdeacon of Westminster (1855-1931) consisting mainly of photographs (positive and negative) of original Aramaic, Greek and Ethiopic biblical manuscripts dating from the ...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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 ...

Cairnes Collection

The library of John Elliott Cairnes (1823-1875), political economist and professor of jurisprudence and political economy at Queen's College, Galway (1859-1870).

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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...

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 ...

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:

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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 Beckett - Robert Pinget letters

Consists of letters by Samuel Beckett to Robert Pinget, both handwritten and typed, mainly in French. The correspondence documents their friendship and professional relationship.

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Samuel Beckett - Judith Schmidt Douw collection

The Samuel Beckett - Judith Schmidt Douw collection primarily contains correspondence between Schmidt Douw (née Schmidt) and Samuel Beckett; Alan Schneider, American stage director; Rudoph von Abele, English literature professor at American University; James Knowlson, French professor at the Uni...

Judith Schmidt Douw collection of Samuel Beckett letters

The Judith Schmidt Douw collection of Samuel Beckett letters contains letters from Beckett to Judith Schmidt (later Schmidt Douw). The letters deal with professional matters relating to Grove Press and Beckett's works and also concern the personal relationship between Beckett and Schmidt Douw.

Samuel Beckett - Barney Rosset collection

The Samuel Beckett - Barney Rosset collection includes manuscripts representing three decades of Beckett's writing; annotated copies of plays, stories, and other works; letters and cards from Beckett to Rosset discussing the author's life and work; and Grove Press business and financial records r...

Alan Schneider - Samuel Beckett collection

The Alan Schneider-Samuel Beckett collection is primarily composed of correspondence between American stage director Alan Schneider and Samuel Beckett, with some additional correspondence between Schneider, Thornton Wilder, and others; also included are manuscripts and other material relating to ...

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 ...