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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

CCÉ North America collection of Irish music materials

The CCÉ North America Collection of Irish Music Materials documents the history and activities of Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann in North America with reference to the activities of CCÉ in Ireland. The collection also reflects efforts by CCÉ North America members to preserve audio and video of per...

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...

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...

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,...

Hibernica Collection

The Hibernica Collection, or Henry Collection as it was previously known, is a substantial collection of monographs, periodicals and pamphlets of general Irish interest and/or origin, being strongest in history and literature, and also including works of Scottish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton. Officially...

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...

Rare book collection

Formerly the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968)...

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 ...

AE/ George Russell Collection

The material in this collection consists of illustrated poems, photographs and books of poetry by the artist, poet and theosophist George Russell (AE) 1867-1935. George Russell, also known as AE was one of the founders of the Irish Theatrical Company at the Abbey Theatre. He contributed regularly to...

Royal Ulster Rifles Regimental Museum Library and Archive Collection

The collection held at the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum consists of books, archives and some digitised histories. The collection deals with various aspects of the British Army including titles covering army lists, dating back to 1783. The lists refer to regular officers listed in the British army ofte...

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)...

Cinema Collection

The Cinema Collection at Belfast Central Library is mostly related to Belfast. There are photographs, newspaper cuttings and postcard views of Belfast cinemas taken in the 1950's. There is also a collection of programmes relating to Queen's Film Theatre (QFT)....

Horner Collection

The Horner Collection at Belfast Central Library is representative of Horner's main interest namely textile manufacture. It comprises books and scrap books dealing with textile manufacture through out the world. John Horner (1858-1919) was born in Belfast. He was a member of the Belfast Natural Hist...

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 Botanic and Horticultural Company Ltd Collection

The Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society was formed in February 1827. In 1829, after an abortive attempt at laying out botanical gardens at Bradbury Place the current site was purchased on the Stranmillis Road. Monies were raised through a share issue and a committee formed to manage the garden...

Sam Henry Collection

Sam Henry (1870-1952) was born in Coleraine. He worked as an Excise Officer. Henry was a recognised authority on the folklore of Northern Ireland. He is best known for his collection of ballads and songs in "Songs of the people". These were originally published in the 'Northern Constitution' newspap...

Theatre Collection

Belfast Central Library has approximately three thousand Irish theatre bills, programmes and other ephemeral items. These include a particularly fine collection of Theatre Royal material, but other Belfast theatres, ranging from the Alhambra to the Hippodrome are also extensively covered. A wide ran...

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...

Grocer Handbills Collection

The Grocer Handbills Collection held by Libraries NI date from the early to the mid-nineteenth century. Comprising 21 items in total, the handbills to be found in this collection were used by local tradesmen in Ballymoney to promote their businesses both locally and further afield and, as such, give...

McSkimin Room Collection

The McSkimin Room in Carrickfergus Library contains a local studies collection containing materials on or about the history and development of Carrickfergus and its environs. Named after Samuel McSkimin (1775-1843), author of the definitive history of the town, “The history and antiquities of the ...

Irish & Local Studies Library, Armagh

The Irish & Local Studies Library at Armagh (NI Libraries) comprises books, eighteenth & nineteenth century pamphlets, atlases, directories, postcards, maps, scholarly journals and newspapers. It is a very comprehensive collection with a wide-ranging stock covering all aspects of Irish life ...

Photograph & Postcard Collection, Armagh

The Photograph & Postcard Collection at Armagh City Library gives an insight into life, politics and personalities in Ireland and more particularly Northern Ireland over the course of the 20th century. Life and landscape throughout Ireland at the turn of the century is covered particularly in th...

Local History Collection, Derry Central Library

The Local History Collection at Derry Central Library consists of a large collection of books on both local and Irish history. The Library is particularly interested in preserving the local history of the city and all aspects of its social and economic development. It is the Library's policy to coll...

Genealogy and Heraldry Collection, Enniskillen

The Genealogy and Heraldry Collection consists of works on mainly Irish, but also English and Scottish genealogy and heraldry. It comprises books on armorial bearings, heraldry, family crests, order of the garter, peerages and landed gentry. Titles such as "A biographical peerage of Ireland..", 1817...

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...

Omagh Library Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies collection held at Omagh Library is extensive and specialises in the history of Tyrone, its towns and villages from the earliest times. Material is available in a variety of formats - books, journals, microfilm, fiche and maps. The Library has a collection of over 1,000 photographs...

Local Studies Collection

The Local Studies Collection, formerly located in Library Headquarters, Ballynahinch contains books, maps, newspapers and illustrations on the history, topography, industry, transport, literature and culture of County Down and South Antrim, the area served by the former SEELB Library Service. Inform...

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...

Pamphlets Collection

The Pamphlets Collection includes items published from the seventeenth century onwards. Although the collection covers a wide range of topics, the bulk concerns Protestant theology and matters relating to Ireland. Those published prior to 1900 are mostly bound in approximately 800 volumes, while the...

Kilkenny County Library Services

Scores: a collection of scores consisting mainly of classical works
Reference Collection: A collection of materials of local interest including programmes and posters from Arts Week, Kilkenny Musical Society and St. Mary's Choral Society.
Books: a broad selection of titles ...

Gamble Library Irish Collection

The Gamble Library Irish Collection contains around two thousand items relating to Irish history, with special reference to religious and political history, especially the history of the Presbyterian Church, making it an essential resource for research into Irish Presbyterianism. It also contains th...

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:

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