Title Description

Andrews Manuscripts

This collection consists of a selection of scientific papers and correspondence by and addressed to Chemist and Physicist, Thomas Andrews (1813-85), chiefly written in his own hand or copied by his daughters, Elizabeth Andrews and Mary K. Andrews, and forming part of the documents used in the prepar...

Antrim Presbytery Library

Collection of theological, philosophical and literary works ranging from the 16th to 18th Centuries, maintained and accumulated by the Presbyterian congregations in Belfast and Antrim, 1765-1873, for the purposes of local intellectuals and Presbyterian ministers. In addition to items on theology, ph...

Bullock Manuscripts

Papers of the Irish writer, Shan F. Bullock (1865-1935). The collection consists of holograph and typescript manuscripts of both published and unpublished works by Bullock featuring examples of his poetry, fictional writing and dramatic works. The collection also includes items of personal interest ...

Carnduff Collection

Personal, literary and collected papers of and/or relating to Thomas Carnduff (1886-1956), the Belfast essayist, playwright and poet. An important figure in cultural circles during the early 20th century, Thomas Carnduff, the so-called 'Shipyard Poet,' was a profilic writer and acute observer of Bel...

Wright Collection

Papers and books of Dr. Stanley Fowler Wright (1873-1953), Commissioner of Customs and Personal Secretary to the Inspector General, the Chinese Maritime Customs. In addition to manuscripts, there are books in Chinese, books and pamphlets on China and on the Chinese Customs, many official printed pap...

Pim Manuscripts

Papers of the Belfast born author and poet, Herbert Moore Pim (1883-?). A relatively small batch of materials, this collection consists mainly of literary manuscripts concerning a number of published and unpublished works by Pim, including typewritten drafts of the novel, ‘The Pes...

Flann O'Brien collection

The Flann O'Brien Collection contains a wide variety of materials: papers, books, art works, and personal memorabilia. Materials in this collection are dated from 1884 to 1991, thus predating and postdating the life of Flann O'Brien (1911-1966). Most of the materials date between 1935 a...

Bunting Collection

Major collection of Irish musical manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence etc concerning the work of the Irish Music Collector and Musician, Edward Bunting (1773-1843) arising out of the Belfast Harpers Festival of 1792 and published in ‘A General Collection of Ancient Irish Music’ in 1796 (re...

Brett Collection

Small collection of miscellaneous papers and documents deposited by the Belfast solicitor, Sir Charles Brett (1839-1926). The collection consists of a variety of material, mainly of antiquarian interest, including books, extracts, manuscripts, and other documents relating principally to early Englis...

O'Shaughnessy Manuscripts

Collection of literary manuscripts of the Victorian poet, Arthur O’Shaughnessy (1844-81) comprising chiefly of some 21 annotated notebooks of poems, prose and verse composed by him, c 1860-70, and appearing in his published works, ‘An Epic of Women’ (1870), ‘Lays of France’ (1872), ‘Musi...

Piry Collection

Collection of private papers of Théophile Piry (fl. 1880-1915), Commissioner of Customs and first Postmaster General of the Imperial Postal Service, China, 1911-1915. This collection contains a range of material bearing on Piry’s later career in the Chinese administration including drafts, notes,...

MacAdam Manuscript

Extant manuscript for an English-Irish Dictionary of Ulster Irish compiled for and in association with the Belfast born industrialist and Gaelic Scholar, Robert Shipboy MacAdam (1808-95). The manuscript consists of some 23 folios arranged alphabetically and containing the completed results of MacAda...

Special Collections & Archives

Established in 1849, the Library of Queen's University Belfast comprises one of the largest collections of books, periodicals and pamphlets held in Northern Ireland. One of the Library's great strengths lies in its department of Special Collections & Archives, containing approximately 100,000 vo...

Waddell Manuscripts

Papers of the Ulster writer and scholar, Helen Waddell (1889-1965). The collection consists of notes, translations, holograph and typescript manuscripts of published and unpublished works by Waddell, c.1909-47, and an extensive series of correspondence with the critic and historian George Saintsbury...

Harry Barton Collection

Papers of the Irish writer, playwright and broadcaster, Harry Barton (1916-2006). The collection comprises holographs and typescript copies of Barton’s works, typed and manuscript letters (mainly to Barton), play programmes, newspapers cuttings of reviews, photographs and cuttings of broadcast sch...

Met Éireann Library

The Met Éireann Library is the central repository for meteorology-related publications in Ireland.  It includes a core collection of textbooks, scientific journals, organisational publications and archives of scientific and historical interest.  

When the Irish Meteorological Service w...

Antrim Presbytery Papers

Antrim Presbytery Papers...

A. S. Moore Collection

The A. S. Moore Collection held at Belfast Central Library reflects the personal interests of this well known Ulster journalist. The Collection consists of cuttings, manuscripts and articles which are concerned with local history (Belfast). Moore was an authority on old Belfast and wrote a series of...

Alexander Irvine Collection

The Alexander Irvine Collection comprises typescripts, photographs, postcards and diaries. The diaries give a fascinating insight into the strength of his religious conviction along with his everyday worries. Alexander Irvine is best remembered for his novel "My Lady of the Chimney Corner", which wa...

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. R...

Amanda McKittrick Ros Collection

Amanda McKittrick Ross (1860-1939) was born in Drumaness, Co Down. She published her first novel "Irene Iddesleigh" at her own expense in 1898. She proved to be a prolific novelist and poet. Despite not being read very widely her eccentric writing style was famed amongst critics and admirers as crea...

Andrade Collection

Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971) was Professor of Physics at Woolwich and London University. He was interested in the history of seventeenth century science, particularly in the history of Isaac Newton and Richard Hooke and edited the tercentenary collection of Newton’s letters. Aside f...

Andrew Boyd Archive

The Andrew Boyd Archive consists of 5 radio typescripts, namely "Embassy in Ireland Journey to a sunny land; Life and times of Doctor Madden; Montgomery and the black man; Within our province, Masters and men, how trade unionism began in Ireland". He is perhaps better known for his works "Holy war i...

Anna Redlich Archive

The Anna Redlich Archive consists of a typescript of her work, "The Dogs of Ireland" (published by Dundalgan Press in 1949)....

Archaeology Collection

The Archaeology Collection at Belfast Central Library is part of the F.J. Bigger Collection. It reflects the interests of F.J. Bigger particularly relating to his role as editor of "The Ulster Journal of Archaeology". The collections consists of manuscripts, proof sheets, photographs and sketches re...

Barrington Baker Collection

Mr W. Barrington Baker was a Banker by profession. He was honorary secretary of the National Literary Society in Dublin when he lived there. The Abbey Theatre later sprang from the National Literary society. Baker was a friend of such notables as W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, George Russell, and Dr Sigers...

Benedict Kiely Archive

The Benedict Kiely Archive consists of a manuscript of a folk tale called "The cards of the gambler". Benedict Kiely was born in Dromore in 1919. He worked as a journalist in Dublin from 1940-65 and spent several years as Literary Editor of the Irish Press. From 1964-8 he lectured in the United Stat...

Bishop Reeves Archive

William Reeves (1815-1892) was born in Charleville in County Cork. He was an antiquary and bishop. He was Librarian at Armagh in 1861 and was later made Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore in 1886. He wrote many papers for the journal of the Royal Irish Academy and became its president in 1891. Reeve...

Bryson and MacAdam Manuscripts Collection

The Bryson and MacAdam manuscripts are the most comprehensive and important collection of Irish language manuscripts now in existence in Northern Ireland. They were purchased by Belfast Public Libraries in 1989 from the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, the forty-four volumes in the...

F.J. Bigger Archive

The F.J. Bigger Archive held at Belfast Central Library reflects the interests of F. J. Bigger (1863-1926), and consists of his private library of three thousand volumes, which includes books, journals, newspapers, pamphlets and maps from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century. These relate t...

Forrest Reid Collection

Forrest Reid, (1875-1947) was born in Belfast and educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Christ's College, Cambridge. He read medieval and modern languages before returning to Belfast where he lived for the rest of his life. He wrote many novels - as well as "Illustrators of the Sixtie...

Frederick Gamble Archive

The Frederick Gamble Archive consists of a typescript of his novel "A man and a half". An Ulster novelist, Gamble was the News Editor of the Belfast Telegraph. He was particularly interested in the Ulster dialect and wrote a long standing column on this subject. He often wrote under the pseudonyum J...

Irish Manuscripts Commission Collection

According to the Catalogue of Publications produced by the Irish Manuscripts Commission, the Commission was established in 1928, "to report on collections of manuscripts and papers of literary, historical and general interest relating to Ireland, whether in private or public ownership, and also to a...

Jack Loudan Archive

The Jack Loudan Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of a typescript of the play "The Sham prince or News from Passau". Loudan is better known for his biography of Amanda M'Kittrick Ros - "O Rare Amanda". He completed her unfinished novel "Helen Huddleson"....

John Irvine Archive

The John Irvine Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of a manuscript of "Lost Sanctuary and other Poems". This was later published in 1954 by Quota Press of Belfast. John Irvine (1903-1964) was born in Belfast....

John Smyth Crone Collection

Belfast Public Libraries holds some 10,000 items in the Crone Collection consisting largely of manuscripts and personal correspondence relating to the interests of John Smyth Crone (1858-1945), founder of the journal "The Irish Book Lover" and author of "A concise dictionary of Irish biography". In ...

Lynn Doyle Collection

Lynn Doyle or Lynn C. Doyle were both pseudonyms for the writer Leslie Alexander Montgomery (1873-1961). The collection held at Belfast Central Library is his complete archive. The collection consists of records ranging from financial, broadcasts and lectures, manuscripts of his works right through ...

Royal Belfast Academical Institution Collection

The Royal Belfast Academical Institution Collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection at Belfast Central Library. The material contained in it serves as complementary material to the the school's own archive. It was accumulated as a result of F.J. Bigger's involvement with the school's centen...

St John Greer Ervine Collection

St John Greer Ervine (1883-1971) was a dramatist, novelist,biographer and critic. He was born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast. Both of his parents were deaf mutes and his maternal grandmother had a great influence on his early life. She had a shop on the Albertbridge Road and it is here that he absorbed ...

Ulster Writers Archive

The Archive of Ulster Writers at Belfast Central Library is made up of manuscripts, typescripts, diaries and some photographic memorabilia. The Archive includes material which is concerned with the following Ulster writers: William Allingham; Andrew Boyd; Frederick Gamble; Mary Gardiner; Frederick H...

United Irishmen Collection

This collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection held at Belfast Central Library. It reflects the personal interests of F.J. Bigger, a keen historian. The collection is made up of manuscripts for a proposed series of pamphlets concerning the Northern United Irishmen. His own relatives had so...

Local Studies Collection, Ballymena

The Local Studies Collection held at Ballymena Library consists of a broad range of materials on or about the history and development of the towns, villages and communities of the North East, extending over most of County Antrim and part of County Londonderry. The collection aspires to include compr...

Gilbert Collection

The Gilbert Collection comprises draft autograph and typescript manuscripts of novels and short stories, proof copies and quires, correspondence, notes, synopses, draft speeches, draft poems, juvenilia, school reports, photographs, scrapbooks, and postcards of Stephen Gilbert. The correspondence inc...