Title Description

Ringling North Collection

A very fine collection of c. 1200 items on subjects such as travel literature and the history of art, this was the personal library of Henry Ringling North (1909-1993), former owner and manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Items are largely in pristine condition....

Mac Fhinn Collection

Collection of 300+ items accumulated by Msgr. Eric Mac Fhinn (1895-1987) of Co. Galway, UCG lecturer in education (through Irish) 1931-1965....

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...

18th Century Books and Pamphlets

General collection of 18th century books and pamphlets. The collection relates to a wide variety of subject areas representative of the interests and pre-occupations of writers of this period and the collecting concerns of QUB library. History, politics, religion, language and literature are all wel...

19th and 20th Century Books

General collection of valuable, limited, fine or rare material from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection relates to a disparate range of subject areas with items selected for their evidential and/or bibliographic value. Included can be found modern reproductions of some of the world’s most ...

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...

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...

Charles Collection

Small collection of papers and photographic material presented to the University Library by the Biblical Scholar, R.H. Charles, Archdeacon of Westminster (1855-1931) consisting mainly of photographs (positive and negative) of original Aramaic, Greek and Ethiopic biblical manuscripts dating from the ...

Foster Pamphlet Collection

Collection of 18th century pamphlets, magazines and reports etc compiled by John Foster, Baron Oriel (1740-1828), last Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. An important and unique assemblage of materials, the collection was compiled by Foster during his years of high political office in both the I...

Freedmen’s Bureau Records

Collection of Records of the Assistant Commissioners for the states of North Carolina (M843) and South Carolina (M869) between 1865 -1872, along with Records for the Field Offices for the States of North Carolina (M1909) and South Carolina (M1910) between 1865-1872 and the Records of the Commissi...

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...

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...

Henry Collection

Collection of correspondence, working notes and papers of Robert Mitchell Henry (1873-1950), Professor of Latin at Queen’s University Belfast (1907-38) and later Professor of Humanities at the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh (1939-47) and honorary chair of Classical Literature at Trinity Coll...

Kyllmann Correspondence

Collection of 133 manuscript and typescript letters from 34 correspondents to Otto Kyllmann (d. 1958), senior partner of the publishing firm, Constable & Co., with typescript copies of 16 of his letters to various correspondents, and one note in his hand; the whole collection spanning the period...

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...

Larkin Collection

The library of Professor Patrick Larkin (Education Department, UCG) and his wife Rita Larkin....

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...

Comintern Papers (Irish Labour Movement Papers)

This collection comprises copies of files held in the Russian Archive for Social and Political History (RGASPI), Moscow. The files pertain to the Irish labour movement and the history of Communism in Ireland, comprising documents from the departments and standing committees of the Executive Committe...

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...

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...

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,...

Simms Collection (Irish)

Significant collection of early monographs, pamphlets, bound letters etc pertaining to Ireland by foreign authors and/or by Irishmen printed abroad. Dating mainly from before 1701, the Simms collection contains many rare and important items that have been gathered together by a local book collector ...

Simms Medical Collection

Distinguished library of early medical works and medical history belonging to Dr Samuel Simms (d. 1967) of Belfast. Once described as one of the most selective and extensive of collections in private hands, the Simms Medical collection is an outstanding assemblage of works concerning the practice of...

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...

Library of Adam Smith

Relatively small, general collection of monographs etc from the surviving personal library of the 18th century philosopher and economic theorist, Adam Smith (1723-90). The majority of titles relate principally to Greek and Latin classics and date mostly from the 18th century. The collection does, ho...

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...

MacDouall Collection

Collection of general literature, Sanskrit and comparative philology from the personal library of Charles MacDouall (1818-1883), first Professor of Latin at Queen's College, Belfast (1849-50) and second Professor of Greek (1850-78). The collection includes material relating to Classical, Eastern and...

Queen's University Belfast Archive

Institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast.

The collection comprises official documents, minutes, correspondence, reports and other papers and photographs pertaining to the history and development of the University from its foundation in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast through t...

Ross-Rosenzweig Collection

Collection of monographs, periodicals and facsimilies, etc., on or relating to a variety of Hebrew and Jewish subjects and studies. Included are Hebrew texts relating to the interpretation, analysis and commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community, alongside works of Hebrew literature...

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...

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...

Government Publications

Parliamentary legal and other government publications from the UK and Northern Ireland...

Northern Ireland Place Name Project Sound Archive

Collection of sound recordings and associated transcripts compiled by the Northern Ireland Place name Project at Queen's University Belfast. Established in 1987, the Northern Ireland Place Name Project was set up to "research the origin of all names of settlements and physical features in Northern I...

Government Publications

Parliamentary and other government publications from the UK and Northern Ireland...

Dufferin Papers

Estate, family and political papers of the Blackwood family of Clandeboye, Bangor, Co. Down, Lords Dufferin and Marquesses of Dufferin and Ava. The collection focuses mainly on the records of Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, 5th Baron Dufferin and 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-19...

Doegen Collection

The Doegen Collection consists of the administrative correspondence of the Doegen Irish dialects project which was carried out between 1928 and 1931. This project entailed the recording of Irish speakers in Ulster, Connacht and Munster. The collections includes correspondence between Gaelic-speaking...

Caldwell Collection

The Caldwell Collection is a broad and varied collection spanning almost three centuries. Its core is made up of the private and business correspondence of members of the Caldwell family and to a lesser extent their wives, siblings, near relatives and business partners.

The following male...

Rare book collection

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

Dublin Unitarian Church Collection

The Dublin Unitarian Church Collection was donated to the Royal Irish Academy by the Dublin Unitarian Church in two separate deposits.

The first deposit is comprised of documents relating to the Unitarian community of Dublin and some of its predecessor congregations, located over time at ...

Eleanor Knott Collection

Papers of Eleanor Marie Knott, 1886-1975, Old-Irish scholar and academic. Including correspondence, notebooks, drafts and printed material.

In 1939 she was appointed Professor of early Irish in Trinity College Dublin and was one of the first women elected to the Royal Irish Academy. From ...

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...

Ulster Museum Photographic Collection

The Ulster Museum maintains and administers a wide range of photographic collections as part of its overall holdings. Together they comprise over 100,000 topographical, portraiture and historical images, mostly black and white, in both print and negative formats. They date mainly from c. 1880 onward...

Nally Collection

Papers of Edward Vincent Nally [Éamonn Mhac Fhailigh], 1907-1992 of Emper, Ballynacargy. Nally was a school-teacher who maintained a life-long interest in both Irish and Hiberno-English. His major work, The Irish of Erris, Co. Mayo: a phonemic study was published in 1968. He was a contributor to É...

Graves Collection

The Graves Collection consists mainly of 19th century antiquarian correspondence. It is an amalgamation of three separate, but related, correspondence collections of three prominent Irish antiquarians:
John O’Donovan (1806-1861)
Rev. James Graves (1815-1886)
Rev. Charles Graves (18...

Upton Collection

Personal papers of Henry A. S. Upton of Coolatore, Moate, Co. Westmeath, 1870-1947, an amateur genealogist and local historian.

The bulk of collection consists of 20th century transcripts of legal and historical documents dating from the 17th century to the 19th century used to trace gene...

A.R. Hogg Photographic Collection

Collection of historic and topographical photographs by the Belfast photographer, Alexander Robert Hogg (1870-1939). Comprising glass plate negatives, lantern slides and prints, the collection relates to a wide range of subject areas typical of a successful local photographer of the early 20th centu...

F.J. Bigger Photographic Collection

Photographic collection of the Belfast solicitor and antiquarian, F.J. Bigger (1863-1926). The collection comprises approx. 4000 prints and negatives reflecting Bigger's lifelong interest in Irish antiquities and folk life. It includes images of antiquarian ruins, Round Towers, churches, traditional...

R.J. Welch Collection

Extensive collection of photographs by the Belfast photographer, R.J. Welch (1870-1939). With a career spanning some 53 years, Robert John Welch was the leading photographer of his generation operating in the north of Ireland. Setting up business on his own in 1883, Welch built up a high reputation ...

LIRA Library Collection

The collection at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum includes the research library of books and journals, and also memoranda and reports of the scientific and technical research projects undertaken by the Linen Industry Research Association (LIRA) throughout its existence. The Linen Industry ...

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...

W.A. McCutcheon Archive

Research collection of the industrial archaeologist, W.A. McCutcheon. An extensive and important collection, it comprises the cumulative working notes, photographs, slides and papers etc accumulated and compiled by McCutcheon in the preparation of his major work, The Industrial Archaeology of Northe...

Architectural Record

The Architectural Record is maintained and administered by the Built Heritage branch of the Department of the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland. It comprises a series of records on over 15,000 historic buildings and features located throughout the 6 counties of Northern Ireland b...

Industrial Heritage Record

The Industrial Archaeology Record (or Industrial Heritage Record as is sometimes known) is maintained and administered by the Built Heritage branch of the Department of the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland (EHS). It is a map-based record with data on over 18,000 important ind...

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)...

King's Inns

The King's Inns collection of c55 items is comprised of works on various subjects including astrology, history, religion, science, travel.  Notable contents include Augstine, Confessiones, c. 1470, Benyowsky's Memoirs and Travels, 1790.

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Henry Library

The Henry collection contains c. 4500 items. The bulk of the collection represents the Library of the Reverend Joseph Henry, D.D (1821-1885). The Henry Library is held on deposit from the Church of Ireland diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry....

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...

Methodist Historical Society of Ireland

The Irish Branch of the Wesley Historical Society in Belfast administers and maintains a comprehensive and unrivalled collection of works on or relating to Methodism in Ireland. Containing in excess of 8,000 volumes, it was established in 1926 on the foundation of the Irish branch in support of its ...

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 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...

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...

Antiquarian Map Collection

The library has a fine collection of early Irish maps dating from the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century. The increasing sophistication of printing processes as harnessed for the production of maps from the 16th century through to the late 19th century, can be traced in the range of m...

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...

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...

British Official Publications Collection

This is one of the most comprehensive collections freely available to the general public in Northern Ireland. Comprising both parliamentary and non-parliamentary official publications, it contains parliamentary official records, working papers, statutory publications, agency and departmental publica...

Brown Street National School Archive

Brown Street Sunday School was one of two endowed schools in Belfast in the nineteenth century. It opened in 1814 and had its origins in the Sunday School movement in Ireland. According to Norman McNeilly in Exactly fifty years: the Belfast Education Authority and its work 1923-73. In 1821 Brown Str...

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...

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)....

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 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...

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 ...

F.J. Bigger Music Collection

The F.J Bigger Music Collection forms part of the F.J. Bigger Collection held at Belfast Central Library. The collection reflects the interests of F.J. Bigger who had a keen interest in Irish history and culture. He was editor of "The Ulster Journal of Archaeology". The Music Collection has material...

Fine Book Room Collection

Belfast Central Library, since its foundation in 1888, has built up an outstanding collection of rare books, manuscripts and archives, which now constitute the Special Collections. The majority of these resources are housed in the Fine Book Room. The collections include landmark examples of printing...

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...

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 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 ...

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....

Map Collection

The map collection includes approximately 50 general maps of Belfast and the same number of specialised maps relating to the city. There are also large scale maps of 45 Irish towns other than those in the major series listed: 1832 Ordnance Survey of Ireland – scale 6" to 1 mile - a fine series of ...

Mary Gardiner Archive

The Mary Gardiner Archive consists of historical plays for schools and proof copies of all....

Newspaper Collection

Newspapers represent one of the major primary sources for local research. They often provide the most detailed account of local events, and the most effective reflection of local responses to those events. The library has one of the major collections in Ireland of Irish newspapers including over 100...

Postcard Collection

Belfast Central Library holds a collection of Irish related postcards which date from the early twentieth century to the present day. Eighteen folders of postcards have been collected, the vast majority relating to Belfast and the six counties of Northern Ireland, although the counties in the Republ...

Richard Hayward Archive

The Richard Hayward Archive at Belfast Central Library consists of manuscripts, typescripts and a dictaphone recording. Richard Hayward (1898-1964) was a native of Northern Ireland. He began his career as an actor in Belfast, but was also well known as a travel writer. He was particularly interested...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Travel Collection

This collection comprises travel literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. It comprises some of the greatest guide books and accounts of exploratory journeys such as James Cook's "A Voyage Towards the South Pole", Sir Hans Sloane's History of Jamaica and Alexander Fisher's "Voyage to Artic Regions"...

Tully Collection

The Tully Collection at Belfast Central Library consists of pamphlets relating to World War I. The pamphlets are concerned with the countries involved in World War I, most countries are considered under a wide range of topics. The pamphlets deal with such topics as militarism, world peace, the Leagu...

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...

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....

Ballymoney Special Collection

The Ballymoney Special Collection is a modest collection of local studies materials on or about Ballymoney, Northern Ireland and Ireland more generally. It has a special emphasis on Irish literature and includes titles by local authors....

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Newspaper & Journal Collection

Armgh City Library's Newspaper collection has greatly expanded over the years and includes at least one newspaper from each locality within the Armagh area as well as a selection of national dailies, weeklies and specialist papers. Some of the newspapers go back to the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...

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...

Military History Collection, Enniskillen

Enniskillen is home to two distinguished regiments, the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons and The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. In addition to the books that have been written on these regiments, the collection also contains books on the history of other Irish regiments such as the Connaught Rangers, the Ir...

Nawn Collection, Enniskillen

The Nawn Collection consists of books on Irish studies and Fermanagh local history. Titles in the collection include "The life of William Bedell …" by Gilbert Burnet, 1692; "A view of ancient and modern Dublin, with its improvements to the year 1796 …" by John Ferrar, 1796; Dr Robert Clayton's "...

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...

Railway History Collection, Enniskillen

The Railway History Collection consists of books, journals and maps on the history and development of railways in Ireland, dating from the mid 1800s to more recent times. Included in the collection is a copy of the Act enabling the Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway Company to make a branch railway...

Langford Lodge Collection

This collection consists of large scale photographs depicting life at the US camp near Crumlin, County Antrim during World War II. US army, navy and marine personnel were stationed in Ulster during World War II, primarily during the years 1942-1945. Londonderry was the largest US communications base...

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...

Map Collection, Libraries NI

The Map Collection comprises Ordnance Survey maps of County Down and South Antrim. The Ordnance Survey maps range from the first six-inch edition to the Irish grid series of the 1970s and 1980s. The collection of Ordnance Survey maps for south Antrim is not complete. The collection also includes a r...

Photograph & Postcard Collections, Libraries NI

The Photograph and Postcard Collections held by Libraries NI consist primarily of photographs from the Lawrence and Welch collections, along with some contemporary views from private collections. The postcards include views of all villages and towns, mountains and rivers in the area from late Victor...

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...

Rare Books Collection

The Rare Books Collection contains around 8,000 books dating from the sixteenth century to approximately the mid nineteenth century. Covering a broad range of subjects, it is particularly strong in theology, history and literature. The collection is arranged in chronological order and can be searche...

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...

Adair Papers

c.650 documents, c.75 photographs and 2 volumes, 1606-1928, deriving from the Adair family of Loughanmore, Donegore, Co. Antrim and from the related families of Clements of Clements Hill, Straid, Co. Antrim, Ellis of Prospect, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, and Crymble of Ballygallagh, Ballyclare, Co. A...

Government Publications

Various Northern Ireland government publications, including Northern Ireland Parliamentary papers, Northern Ireland Assembly papers, Northern Ireland Departmental publications and Non-Departmental publications (1889-present)

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Shields Collection

The library of Arthur Shields (1896-1970), Irish stage and film actor....

Delargy Collection

Séamus Ó Duilearga (1899-1980), born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, was a student of Celtic Studies in UCD when a chance meeting in 1921 with Norwegian folklorist Reidar Thorolf Christiansen launched him on what was to become a lifetime of collecting and safeguarding Ireland’s folk heritage. He was ...

Reference Collection

The Reference Library holds books and periodicals relating to the Chester Beatty Library collections....

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...

Early Economics Collection

Collection of works of early economic theory and philosophy dating from the 17th to the late 19th centuries. A relatively small assemblage of some 234 items, the collection includes a comprehensive range of material by many of the major economists of the period covered, in particular for the late 18...

Early Printed Books (Pre-1701)

Collection of 16th and 17th century books and pamphlets, including facsimilies. An extensive collection of early works, it contains in excess of 3,700 items, including 20 incunabula (i.e. printed before 1500), 267 STC and 1,430 Wing items, relating to a wide range of subject areas reflecting the int...