Title Description

Hart Collection

Substantial collection of personal and official papers of Sir Robert Hart (1835-1911), Inspector General of the Imperial Customs, Peking, 1863-1908. The collection contains a range of interesting and insightful material relating to Hart’s official duties and experiences in Peking during his long c...

Allingham Manuscripts

Collection of 44 original manuscript letters from the Irish poet, William Allingham (1824-89), to Henry Septimus Sutton (1825-1901). An important collection of letters from one poet to another, the letters provide a unique insight and commentary on the emergence of Allingham as a published author fr...

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...

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...

Thomson Collection

Collection of scientific papers and notebooks, memoranda, lectures, correspondence etc of James Thomson (1822-1892), Professor of Engineering at Queen’s College, Belfast, 1857-1873. Various topics are highlighted in the collection reflecting Professor Thomson’s wide range of research interests. ...

Somerville & Ross Manuscripts

Significant collection of personal and literary papers of Edith Somerville (1858-1949) and Violet Martin (1862-1915) alias “Somerville and Ross,” one of Ireland's most celebrated literary partnerships. An important and unique collection reflecting the lives, interests and work of the two authors...

MacDouall Manuscripts

Collection of holograph papers and working notes of Professor Charles MacDouall (1813-83), Professor of Latin and subsequently of Greek at Queen’s College, Belfast, (1849-78). The collection consists of finished essays, reference aids, lectures, emendations and miscellaneous notes prepared and use...

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...

Samuel Beckett - Judith Schmidt Douw collection

The Samuel Beckett - Judith Schmidt Douw collection primarily contains correspondence between Schmidt Douw (née Schmidt) and Samuel Beckett; Alan Schneider, American stage director; Rudoph von Abele, English literature professor at American University; James Knowlson, French professor at the Uni...

Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection

The Samuel Beckett - Calvin Israel collection is primarily Beckett manuscripts and publications, but also includes theater programs, audiovisual material, and ephemera spanning 1929 to 1981. Material is arranged in six subseries:
A. Manuscripts;
B. Publications;
C. Theater progr...

Alan Schneider - Samuel Beckett collection

The Alan Schneider-Samuel Beckett collection is primarily composed of correspondence between American stage director Alan Schneider and Samuel Beckett, with some additional correspondence between Schneider, Thornton Wilder, and others; also included are manuscripts and other material relating to ...

Samuel Beckett - Robert Pinget letters

Consists of letters by Samuel Beckett to Robert Pinget, both handwritten and typed, mainly in French. The correspondence documents their friendship and professional relationship.

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George Bernard Shaw letters to Bernard Partridge

The collection consists of eleven letters from George Bernard Shaw to Bernard Partridge (a.k.a. Bernard Gould) dating 1893-1928. The first nine discuss the rehearsals for and staging of the first performance of Shaw's play Arms and the Man, and the final two are about personal matters. A...

Samuel N. Freedman collection on George Bernard Shaw

The George Bernard Shaw collection consists of approximately 2 linear feet (7 boxes) of Shaw materials accumulated over a period of about forty years by Samuel Freedman. The collection included about 3,000 books by and about Shaw, which are catalogued for the Irish Collection in the Bur...

Seán O'Faoláin papers

The Seán O'Faoláin Papers contain correspondence to and from Seán O'Faoláin, manuscript material for short stories written by O'Faoláin which appeared in published form as Tales and Stories (1966) and clippings about O'Faoláin's autobiography Vive Moi!. Correspon...

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...

John F. Deane papers

The John F. Deane papers includes correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings related to Deane's life, literary output and career as a literary editor. The correspondents include Samuel Beckett, Daniel Berrigan, Alaine Bosquet, Padraig Daly, Paul Durcan, Joh...

Gerald Dawe papers

The Gerald Dawe Papers comprise approximately 5 linear ft (12 boxes). The papers contains manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and audio tapes related to Dawe's own creative work as well as his role as a literary editor. Prominent correspondents include John Banville, John F. Deane,...

Kathleen Daly Clarke papers and collection of Thomas Clarke and Irish political materials

The papers contain correspondence, photographs, artwork, ephemera, and clippings documenting the life and career of Kathleen Daly Clarke, while Clarke's collection includes materials about her husband Thomas Clarke and Irish politics during the early- to mid-1900s. Of note are cards she...

Séamus Connolly papers

The Séamus Connolly papers document aspects of the music career of Irish traditional fiddle player Séamus Connolly. All materials were donated by Séamus Connolly. The collection highlights Connolly’s career as a performing artist as well as his commitment to preserving Irish tradit...

Frederick M. Manning collection of John McCormack materials

These materials pertaining to John McCormack’s life and career were compiled by Frederick M. Manning. Notable manuscripts in the collection include McCormack’s memoirs, a book of song lyrics used as a prompt and prop by McCormack in performance, a handwritten index of McCormack’s ...

Mary O'Hara papers

The Mary O'Hara papers document the performances, public career, and personal life of Irish soprano and harpist Mary O'Hara. The collection highlights her early rise to fame in the 1950s until her entrance to Stanbrook Abbey in 1962, as well her return to her music career in 1974 until ...

Michael Cummings collection of P.S. Gilmore materials   

The Michael Cummings Collection of P.S. Gilmore Materials documents the life and music career of Irish-American Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore and highlights the activities of the Patrick S. Gilmore Society, founded by Michael Cummings in Boston in 1969. The collection was artificially created by Michael...

Judith Schmidt Douw collection of Samuel Beckett letters

The Judith Schmidt Douw collection of Samuel Beckett letters contains letters from Beckett to Judith Schmidt (later Schmidt Douw). The letters deal with professional matters relating to Grove Press and Beckett's works and also concern the personal relationship between Beckett and Schmidt Douw.

Samuel Beckett - Barney Rosset collection

The Samuel Beckett - Barney Rosset collection includes manuscripts representing three decades of Beckett's writing; annotated copies of plays, stories, and other works; letters and cards from Beckett to Rosset discussing the author's life and work; and Grove Press business and financial records r...

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...

Ferguson Collection

Collection of research materials collected by Godfrey W. Ferguson (d. c 1939/40) of Belfast, President of the Belfast Literary Society (1922-23, 1934-35), concerning Anne Isabella Milbanke, Lady Byron (1792-1860), wife of the Romantic Poet, Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), and, in particular, t...

Harty Collection

Collection of holograph manuscripts of the composer and conductor, Sir Hamilton Harty (1879-1941) featuring full and part scores to a range of orchestral and choral pieces composed or arranged by Harty, c 1900-1939. Included in the collection are arrangements of Handel and Berlioz, whose performance...

Newport Collection

Collection of letters and other papers relating to the public and private affairs of Sir John Newport (1756-1843), Irish Politician and Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer, banker and landowner. The bulk of the collection consists of some 250 letters, c 1765-c 1862, addressed to, and received from, so...

O'Rahilly Collection

Collection of Irish manuscripts and printed books annotated by the distinguished Celtic Scholar, T.F. O’Rahilly (1883-1953). A relatively small assemblage of material, the books are extensively annotated by O'Rahilly and include a range of titles on Irish dialect, grammar and Irish Literature, dat...

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,...

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...

Armachiana

Armachiana (also known as Armagh Miscellanea) is a collection of 24 bound volumes which comprise some of the typed notes and lectures of Mr TGF Paterson, the first Curator of Armagh County Museum. The collection deals with all aspects of life in County Armagh including such things as dialect in the ...

Blacker Day Books Collection

This collection consists of the original volumes of the writings of Col. William Blacker and Stewart Blacker of Carrickblacker, Armagh. Many subjects are covered including school and university life, events of 1798, militia affairs and travel. It includes poems, drawings and scrapbooks kept by Stewa...

T.G.F. Paterson Manuscript Collection

This collection comprises T.G.F. Paterson's notebooks. The notebooks are concerned with pedigrees and genealogies of families connected with County Armagh, local history, dialect, archaeology, folklore and place-name studies. He published regularly in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, County Louth ...

Reside Collection

The Reside Collection contains documents which are of great importance to the study of local history and geneaology in the Newry and Mourne area. The Collection is the product of the professional lives of Major G.W. Reside, an architect and engineer based in Newry and his wife Margaret (neé Fisher)...

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...

D. J. O'Donoghue Archive

The D[avid] J[ames] O'Donoghue Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of his correspondence with J.S. Crone and a number of manuscripts of his writings. O'Donoghue (1866-1917) was a scholar and editor. He was self taught and in the course of his career was a bookseller in Dublin and later a lib...

F.J. Bigger Correspondence Collection

The F.J. Bigger Correspondence Collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection held at the Belfast Cetral Library. It consists of over forty-eight archival boxes of private correspondence reflecting the interests of F.J. Bigger. F.J. Bigger was editor of "The Ulster Journal of Arcchaeology" and ...

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...

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...

John Vinycomb Collection

John Vinycomb was the leading artist for the Belfast publisher Marcus Ward. The John Vinycomb Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of a collection of illustrations and some correspondence with J.S. Crone. It is part of the J.S. Crone Archive....

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...

W.B. Yeats Collection

The W.B. Yeats Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of an extensive collection of correspondence with J.S. Crone. Included in this collection is a scrap book of newspaper cuttings concerned with Yeats collected and mounted by Crone....

George Shiels Collection

The George Shiels Collection consists of the private library of local playwright George Shiels (1881-1949). Shiels was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim. He emigrated to Canada to work on the Canadian Pacific Railway, but was injured in 1913 and disabled for life in an accident. He returned to Nor...

Crossle Papers

The Crossle Papers at Libraries NI comprise background and genealogical information on families in the Newry area of Northern Ireland. The information is handwritten and accumulated in notebooks and scrapbooks from the early 1900s. Francis Crossle, and later his son Philip Crossle, compiled the info...

Mellon Centre for Migration Studies

The Centre supports the Ulster American Folk Park's main activites by providing reference resources for the study of the history of both the United States and Ireland from the 17th and 20th centuries and the link between the two. The Research Library at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies compri...

Presbyterian Mission Archive

The Presbyterian Mission Archive includes letters, scrapbooks, photographs, audio recordings, postcards, minutes and diaries relating to foreign missions conducted by Irish Presbyterians or the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, in places such as India, Manchuria and Africa, as well as missions deliver...

Samuel Beckett collection

The Samuel Beckett collection comprises six distinct series and one miscellaneous series of Beckett-related material including manuscripts and typescripts by Beckett, correspondence with Beckett, ephemera, photographs, and publications by and about Beckett:

The

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...

Reid Collection

The Forrest Reid Collection comprises typescript and manuscript drafts of longer works, short stories and poems, as well as proof copies, bibliographies and catalogues. The collection of correspondence is particularly strong and is further enhanced by items such as Christmas cards, postcards, photog...