Saint Patrick’s Day this Saturday seemed like an appropriate time to welcome our first contributor from Ireland, The National University of Ireland, Galway. Included in our most recent list of new contributors, the Archives Service at NUI Galway strives to acquire, preserve and make accessible the archival collections held by its library, and to provide services in support of the research and information needs of the university community and other appropriate users.
Also, the Archives Service acquires material by donation, loan, and purchase. In ArchiveGrid, there are 164 finding aids for collections to search.
“We acquire archival collections which support the teaching and research needs of National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as strengthening links between the university and its community,” Archivist Kieran Hoare said.
“The Archives Service is particularly interested in acquiring collections relating to the West of Ireland,” Hoare added, pointing out some of NUI Galway’s major collections (below). These collections are easy to access in ArchiveGrid. Simply type in a keyword from one of the 10 entries (for example, “Galway Town Commissioners” from the first item), and narrow the search by archive if necessary.
1. Minute books of Galway Corporation, Galway Town Commissioners, 15th–19th century; minute books of Galway Urban Sanitary Authority, late 19th century.
2. The Hyde MSS Collection, bequeathed by Douglas Hyde, containing volumes of prose, poetry, and various tracts penned by scribes, 18th century, and including miscellaneous manuscripts of Douglas Hyde.
3. Manuscripts in the Irish language and items reflecting the Gaelic revival included in collections such as the papers of Stiophán Bairéad, Tadgh Seoige, and Eoghan Ó Tuairisc.
4. The Richie-Pickow collection of more than 2,000 photographs and some traditional music material gathered in 1952 and 1953 by an American couple in Ireland, with online access to these and other collections.
5. Collections relating to academics and organizations within the college including papers of An Stoc newspaper, 1924–19248; out-letter book of Professor J.E. Cairnes, 1865–1867; papers of Richard O’Doherty, professor of midwifery, 1849–1876; papers of Mary O’Donovan, professor of history, 1914–1957.
6. Landed estates collections including the Wilson Lynch family, Belvoir, County Clare, c.1860–1930; Eyre family, 1720–1857; O’Connor Donelan family, Sylane, Tuam, 1794–1930; Taylor, Ardrahan, County Galway; Lucan Family Papers; Daly family, Dunsandle, Loughrea; some material of the French family of Ballyglunin.
7. Business collections including legal papers relating to the Clifden–Galway railway.
8. Political collections including those of James Fitzgerald-Kenney, Dr. Byran Cusack, Frank J. Carty Ruairi Ó Brádaigh, and the Brendan Duddy Collection.
9. Theatre collections including those of the Druid Theatre; An Taibhdearc; the Lyric Theatre Belfast; Galway Arts Festival; MACNAS; Shields Family Collection; Siobhán McKenna and Frank J. Bailey.
10. Private papers including papers relating to the will of Annie Barnacle; Stock letters, 1808–1832; Sir Peter Freyer; John McGahern; Joe Burke; Bob Quinn; Thomas Kilroy, John Huston and many smaller collections.