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 establishment as an independent university in 1908 to the present day. It includes papers relating to Queen's College Belfast, 1845-1909, the Queen's University in Ireland, 1850-82, the Royal University of Ireland, 1881-1909 and the Queen's University of Belfast from 1908 onwards. These comprise: charters and statutes; reports and papers of principal officers; minutes of Senate, Convocation, Academic Council, standing committees and other ad hoc bodies; accounts; faculty and departmental records; calendars; student registers and roll books; examination papers; books and pamphlets by staff; lectures and addresses; newspaper cuttings; published histories; and other papers relating to, for example, events and ceremonies, the Irish University Question, the war effort, property and benefactions, parliamentary activities, and student associations and societies.
The archive also includes collections of papers and memorabilia deposited by former members of staff and graduates. The most significant of these relate to Rev. Thomas Hamilton (1842-1925), the third President of Queen's College, Belfast, 1889-1908, and first Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, 1908-1923, W.L. Warren (1929-1994), Professor of Modern History, 1973-1993, and Professor George S Bain (1939- ), Vice-Chancellor from 1998-2004.
Unique collection of extant papers charting the history of Queen's University Belfast providing an interesting insight into the development of higher education in the north of Ireland and the University's place within the wider community since 1845.
The collection comprises approximately 520 linear metres of material consisting primarily of paper-based documents, volumes and pamphlets, but also including microfilm, photographs, architectural plans and maps, and some artefacts (e.g. medals, graduation gowns).
The collection continues to expand on an irregular basis with deposits from the University.