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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

W.B. Yeats Collection, Enniskillen

The W. B. Yeats Special Collection consists of works by and about this author. The collection consists in the main of poetry, plays and criticisms written by the author himself, there is also a considerable number of critical works. A number of the works such as "Finn and his companions" by Standish...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

Mary Gardiner Archive

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

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...

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...

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...

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"....

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...

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...

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...

John D. Stewart Collection

The John D. Stewart Collection at Belfast Central Library consists of the typescript, manuscript and manuscript notes of his play "Danger men working." This play was produced by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric, Hammersmith in 1951; it was also toured by the Ulster Group Theatre and produced at the Abbey...

Sam Thompson Collection

The Sam Thompson Collection at Belfast Central Library reflects his life as a playwright in Belfast in the 1960's, it also includes some related material - writings of Warren Julian Thompson (son). Sam Thompson was born in Ballymacarrett, Belfast in 1916 and worked for the greater part of his life a...

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....

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...

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 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....

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Percy Collection

The almost intact 18th century library of the author and antiquarian, Thomas Percy (1729-1811), Bishop of Dromore, Co. Down. Described at one time as the finest library in private hands in Ireland, the collection contains monographs, bound volumes of pamphlets and some manuscripts relating principal...

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...

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...

Moore Collection

Special collection of books etc, by, or relating to, the Irish poet, satirist, composer, and musician, Thomas Moore (1779-1852). Born in Dublin to Roman Catholic parents in 1779, Thomas Moore went on to become one of Ireland's most popular writers, regarded at the time, as Ireland's national lyricis...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

William Allingham Archive

This archive consists of the manuscript of William Allingham's poem "Among the Heather". William Allingham was born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal on March 19th 1824. His father was a successful merchant and later a banker in the town. He grew up in Ballyshannon and worked in the bank there and var...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reference Collection

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

Rare book collection

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

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...

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...

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 ...

Shields Collection

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

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....

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....

Bairéad Collection

This collection contains a wealth of Irish language material and ephemeral material from the early days of the Gaelic revival movements, as collected by Stiophán (1867-1921) and Ciarán (1905-1976) Bairéad. Síghle Bairéad (1903-1985) donated this material to the Library in 1976 in memory of her ...

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....

Larkin Collection

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

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

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 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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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Lady Gregory Collection

This substantial collection was purchased by the Library in 1976. It contains many different editions and printings of material published by and about Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932). A native of County Galway, she was a major figure in the Irish Literary Revival and the founding of the A...

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...