McAllister Collection: Church History Pamphlets

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McAllister Church History - Shelving

McAllister Church History - Shelving

McAllister Church History - Ballykelly Presbyterian Church 1630-2006 (Box 14)

McAllister Church History - Ballykelly Presbyterian Church 1630-2006 (Box 14)

McAllister Church History - The Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, Armagh. Restoration 1950 (Box 15)

McAllister Church History - The Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, Armagh. Restoration 1950 (Box 15)

McAllister Church History - A SHort History of Second Castlederg Presbyterian Church (Box 16)

McAllister Church History - A SHort History of Second Castlederg Presbyterian Church (Box 16)

McAllister Church History - The Story of Clonmacnois (Box 21)

McAllister Church History - The Story of Clonmacnois (Box 21)

This is a collection of pamphlets accumulated by James McAllister, lecturer in Economic History at Queen’s University Belfast 1973-2007. He had a particular interest in local history and is noted for compiling ‘A Belfast chronicle 1789: a compilation from the Belfast Newsletter.’ He collected a range of books, articles and pamphlets relating to religion in Ireland. This collection contains pamphlets created by local churches for various purposes; it includes histories of certain individual congregations, records of church services, church financial records and souvenir pamphlets created for particular anniversaries. There are also some miscellaneous histories of broader local religious movements and pamphlets relating to theological ideas.  Many of the pamphlets pertain to the 20th Century however there is some older material and some histories refer back as far as the 12th century. The pamphlets are in good condition, while some may be a bit fragile there is no negative impact on the legibility of any of the material.

Strengths

This collection is particularly strong for individual church records for Belfast, Co. Antrim, Co. Down and Dublin, but contains pamphlets from all counties in Northern Ireland and some from the Republic of Ireland. Its principal use would be for the study of local church history, especially that of the major Protestant denominations in the 20 th Century. The items in this collection give an interesting insight into the affairs of individual congregations rather than the whole denomination. This collection is valuable for anyone studying Church history in Northern Ireland but can also benefit those studying social history and those interested in the demographics of Northern Ireland particularly sectarian related demographic changes after the beginning of the Troubles. The collection is particularly strong for the latter half of the 20 th Century but it includes earlier material, consideration of this collection as a whole may be particularly useful for understanding sectarian division in Northern Ireland during and after the Troubles.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 460 individual pamphlets in 21 pamphlet boxes.

Created

1864
2009

Collected

1973
2009

Coverage

1189
2009
Geographic Coverage
Languages
Custodial History

Personal collection of James McAllister, donated to Queen’s University Belfast upon his death.

Accrual
Accrual Policy
Closed
Accrual Method
Donation
Accrual Periodicity
Closed
Added by Queen's University Belfast | Last updated on: 27 March 2018