Alexander Riddel Collection

Alexander Riddel served in the editorial department of the "Northern Whig" for 50 years. He was the Literary Editor for some time and later Assistant Editor. He died in 1958 in his 85th year. He was also editor of the "Weekly Northern Whig", this was discontinued after the outreak of World War II. Riddel was responsible for creating its popular feature "Letters to Ulster folk at home and abroad". Riddel's interest was in Ulster social history and the collection at Belfast Central Library reflects this. He wrote two booklets "In old Belfast" and "A calendar of Ulster Persons and events". Besides his editorial duties Riddel found time to contribute articles to various journals including "Ulster Journal of Archaeology" and the "Journal of the Belfast Natural History & Philosophical Society". The collection at Belfast Central Library contains information on Belfast Inns, Agriculture, life and travel, clubs, tobacco manufacture, trade signs and doctors and medical practioneers.


The strength of the collection lies in the material which deals with local history and the local theatre scene.?????

Physical characteristics

The collection comprises 27 boxes which deal in the main with the social and theatre history of Northern Ireland.

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Added by Libraries NI | Last updated on: 24 May 2018