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 to Irish history and culture.
Belfast Central Library also holds a collection of some 40,000 items comprising his personal papers and correspondence. Items of particular interest include the manuscripts for a prospective series of pamphlets on Northern United Irishmen, only one of which was ever published and a large collection of notes, articles and illustrations relating to Ulster towns and places. The collection of his personal letters contains correspondence with Lord Downshire, the Emmet Family, Sir Samuel Ferguson, Standish O'Grady and Alice Milligan amongst many others.
The F. J Bigger Collection includes the following strengths: manuscripts for a prospective series of pamphlets on the Northern United Irishmen and a set of notes, articles and illustrations relating to Ulster towns and places.
The F. J Bigger collection consists of three thousand volumes which include books, journals, newspapers, journals, pamphlets, maps and forty-eight boxes of correspondence.
Catalogue of the Francis Joseph Bigger Collection (Memorial Gift) in the Belfast Public Library (Belfast, 1930).
Libraries NI have legal ownership of this collection. All enquiries regarding access and permissions should be directed to Libraries NI.