Magee College Library houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Irish material in the north west of Ireland. The collection contains many excellent primary history documents including all eighteen volumes of the Calendar of the Ancient Records of Dublin, all seven volumes of the Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters and both volumes of the Annals of Loch Ce. The collection also includes 18th century Irish printed material, Irish Statutes (1310-1800) and Calendars of State Papers. Irish authors, such as Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Sean O Casey are well represented. Included in the collection are some 17th century pamphlets on the Siege of Londonderry in 1689. These pamphlets combined with the Derry Almanacs are of special interest to local historians. There are three centuries of original political cartoons also held in this collection. Local historian H. P. Swann donated eighteenth and nineteenth century cartoons, they were later augmented by a further 300 political cartoons from Martyn Turner. The cartoons in the Turner donation are all inspired by social and political events in Northern Ireland over the past 30 years (1970-2000).
The main strengths of the collection are in its coverage of Irish history and literature. It is particularly strong in primary resources for local history covering the north west of Ireland.
The main collection has some 5400 books and 800 pamphlets covering a wide subject area.
The Irish Collection at Magee College is catalogued and appears on the University of Ulster Library Catalogue - http://www.ulster.ac.uk/library/inf/magee/. The cartoons are not listed.