Welcome to RASCAL

RascalRASCAL is an electronic gateway to research resources in Ireland. You can use this web-site to search and browse information about the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across the region. The Directory consists of comprehensive descriptions of collections available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences recording details of content, location, format, and access. Links to institutions' on-line catalogues and other digital resources are provided where appropriate.

Featured Collection

Royal Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Company Ltd Collection

In 1860 the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society was replaced by the Royal Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Company Ltd with a board of fifteen directors. Belfast Central Library holds Minute Books of the Limited Company from its inception until the purchase of the Botanic Gardens by Belfast Corporation in 1894. There are vivid descriptions of the various entertainments provided, from fetes, when the gardens were "lit by Chinese lanterns and gas devices", to balloon ascents. In addition to the Minute Books there is a List of Subscribers to the original society dating from 1824 to 1834 and also to the gardens during these two periods.

Irish Jesuit Archives

Irish Jesuit Archives now available online

C.S. Lewis letters donated to Queen's University Belfast

C.S. Lewis letters donated to QUB

ITMA celebrates 25 years with 750,000+ Content items now online

For its twenty-fifth anniversary year 2012–2013, the Archive has planned a rolling programme of publications, projects and events. The first of these sees 750,000+ Content items now available to search online.