F.J. Bigger Correspondence Collection Belfast Central Library
Collection

Identifier

Corr/BCL

Description

The F.J. Bigger Correspondence Collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection held at the Belfast Cetral Library. It consists of over forty-eight archival boxes of private correspondence reflecting the interests of F.J. Bigger. F.J. Bigger was editor of "The Ulster Journal of Arcchaeology" and a keen historian of the United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion. The collection consists of letters from John Mitchel, Dr Thomas Addis Emmet, Alice Stopford, Lord Downshire and Standish O'Grady amongst others. The letters cover wide range of subjects relating to Ireland.

Strengths

The strength of the collection lies in its size and in the fact that the letters are from noted commentators on Irish history.

Physical Characteristics

The collection consists of forty-eight archival boxes.

Languages

English

Collection Type

Collection.Library.Text.Special

Accrual

Policy: Closed   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Closed

Access

The material may be consulted at Belfast Central Library. Enquiries should be made to the Local History Department on the second floor. The material is for reference only. An appointment is not necessary.

Legal Status

Libraries NI have legal owership of this collection. All enquiries regarding access and permissions should be directed to Libraries NI.

Description or Catalogue

None available

Collector

Name

F.J. Bigger (1863-1926)

Role

Private Collector

History

F J Bigger was born in Belfast, in 1863. A practising solicitor, his interest was chiefly in Irish antiquities rather than law and he devoted his life to the study of Irish archaeology and Ulster history. A member of the Royal Irish Academy, he also edited the Ulster Journal of Archaeology and published works relating to Irish penal crosses, the Ulster Land War of 1770 and William Orr, a Northern United Irishman. His particular interests included the history of Belfast, the United Irish Rebellion and the Irish language. He died in 1926.



Location

Name

Belfast Central Library

Address

Belfast Ulster and Irish Studies Department, Royal Avenue, Belfast

United Kingdom
BT1 1EA

Website

http://www.belb.org.uk/library/centralLibrary.htm

Access Control

Most of the stock is available for loan to any registered member of the Northern Ireland Library Authority. Hire charges apply to audio/ visual stock. Borrower tickets can be acquired from any public library in Northern Ireland on production of valid identification confirming name and address. A limited amount of material is for reference only. No prior appointment is necessary. Library opening hours are Monday to Thursday (09.00-20.00), Friday (09.00-17.30) and Saturday (09.00-16.30).

Administrator Role

Irish & Local Studies Librarian

Phone

+44 (0)28 9050 9150

Email

p.walker@libraries.belfast-elb.gov.uk

Owner

Role

Public Library Service

Telephone

00442837520738

Email

enquiries@librariesni.org.uk

History

The Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI) was established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration. Libraries NI has the statutory responsibility for the provision of public library services in Northern Ireland. Its functions are laid down in the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008. It is a Non Departmental Public Body which reports to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The Board of the Authority consists of a Chairperson and 18 Members, 11 of whom are Councillors, within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972. All Board Members are appointed by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The executive business of the Board is carried out by a team of officers under the leadership of the Chief Executive. The Executive Team is organised into three strategic units, each being led by a member of the Senior Management Team.