Featured Collections

  • De Buitléar

    The De Buitléar Collection accompanies the archive of the same name. It represents the scholarly and scientific interests of the well-known musician, film-maker and wildlife expert, Éamon de Buitléar (1930-2013). 

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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. Thes...

  • 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 collected a rang...

  • 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...

  • Gilbert Collection

    Papers, manuscripts and letters of the novelist Stephen Gilbert (1912-2010)

  • 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, datin...

  • 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), ‘Music and Moonli...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Early Economics Collection

    This collection comprises works of early economic theory and philosophy dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries.

  • Presbyterian Mission Archive

    The Presbyterian Mission Archive is an indispensible resource for those investigating the history of missions conducted by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Irish Presbyterians, in Ireland and further afield. It contains diaries, letters, scrapbooks, photographs, posters, audio recordings and m...

  • Piry Collection

    Collection of private papers of Théophile Piry (fl. 1880-1915), Commissioner of Customs and first Postmaster General of the Imperial Postal Service, China, 1911-1915. This collection contains a range of material bearing on Piry’s later career in the Chinese administration including drafts, notes, co...

  • Special Collections, Main Collections

    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 volume...

  • Comintern Papers (Irish Labour Movement Papers)

    This collection comprises copies of files held in the Russian Archive for Social and Political History. The files pertain to the Irish labour movement and the history of Communism in Ireland and include speeches, reports, letters, agendas, fliers, handwritten notes, lists, telegrams, minutes and pos...

  • 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 used...

  • Freedmen’s Bureau Records

    This collection provides a valuable insight in to the affairs of the Freedmen’s Bureau, its staff and those freedmen who had been emancipated after the Civil War. A valuable resource to anyone studying the period immediately after the American Civil War. The collection contains digitally photographe...

  • Gamble Library Irish Collection

    The Gamble Library Irish Collection is an essential resource for those researching Irish Church history. It contains approximately two thousand items relating to the wider religious and political history of the island and holds the biographies of many notable Irish personalities. The collection inco...

  • 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).

  • 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 Colleg...

  • 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 190...

  • 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 - Valuable, Limited, Fine or Rare

    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 tr...

  • Foster Pamphlets

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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. The central theme throughout much of his works was boyhood and youth, and...

  • Moore Collection

    Probably the world's largest collection of Thomas Moore's published literary and musical works, amassed by Andrew Gibson, Belfast. containing over 1,000 volumes, the collection comprises Moore's poetry, lyrics, fiction and satire, frequently in a full sequence of first to late editions. Of particula...

  • 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 Pessimist’, 1904-10 (p...

  • 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...

  • Simms Medical Collection

    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 medicine and medical history. It comprises a few 17th century medical texts, first and early editions of 18th, 19th...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 car...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 (revise...

  • 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...

  • Adam Smith Library

    Relatively small, general collection of monographs etc from the surviving personal library of the 18th century philosopher and economic theorist, Adam Smith (1723-90). The majority of titles relate principally to Greek and Latin classics and date mostly from the 18th century. The collection does, ho...

  • Rare Books Collection

    Union Theological College's Rare Books Collection is an invaluable resource for those researching Protestant (especially Puritan and Presbyterian) theology from the sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. With many examples of early printing, its 8,000 volumes also include historical and li...

  • University Archive Collection

     The Institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast 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 to its establ...

  • Somerville & Ross Manuscripts

    This is a significant collection of the 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 t...