Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland


The Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland is a research partnership representing nearly seventy archives, libraries, memory institutions and learned societies in Ireland and around the world. Without their custodianship of Irish records and generosity of spirit, the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland would not be possible. We are honoured to have so many distinguished partners in this collective enterprise.

Core Partners

The National Archives Ireland

The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity. Its holdings have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped our nation. It delivers formal services to both the public and government, and is working to develop and deploy new services to meet the challenges of the digital age.

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The National Archives UK

The National Archives (UK) is a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. We are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents and are expert advisers in information and records management as well as being a cultural, academic and heritage institution. The National Archives holds an extensive archival collection relating to the governance of Ireland, its people and its history from 1200-1922. These records are fundamental to understanding pre-modern Ireland, its subsequent history and its relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom to the present day.

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The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is the official archive for Northern Ireland. PRONI is distinguished from other archival institutions in the United Kingdom by its unique combination of private and official records. The Record Office combines the functions and responsibilities of a range of institutions: it is at the same time Public Record Office, manuscripts department of a national library, county record office for the six counties of Northern Ireland, and holder of a large range of private records. This range of remit, embracing, among others, central and local government, the churches and the private sector, is unique to Northern Ireland. By approaching solicitors, business people, politicians and the landed aristocracy, Dr Chart and successive Deputy Keepers were able to compile a significant substitution for some of the destroyed manuscripts. The drive to secure and protect this archival heritage has resulted in holding 58 kilometres of shelf-filled records covering every aspect of life in Northern Ireland, a veritable treasure store of information about our past, protected for our future.

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The Irish Manuscripts Commission

The Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) is a public body founded in 1928. Its remit is based on the principles of dissemination, preservation and promotion of original source materials in public and private ownership for the history and cultural heritage of Ireland. Since 1930 the Commission has established a proud record of publication and it is recognised nationally and internationally as a publisher of primary sources for the histories and cultures of Ireland. It has overseen the publication of over 200 titles, mainly editions of original manuscripts. Its serial publication, Analecta Hibernica, of which the first volume appeared in 1930 and the 48th volume was published in 2017, is devoted to the publication of shorter manuscripts, lists and reports. It also carries reports of the Commission's activities. IMC continues to promote awareness of primary sources for history among the general public and to advise the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, when requested, on matters relating to manuscripts.

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The Library of Trinity College Dublin

The Library of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, dates back to the establishment of the College in 1592 and it is the largest library in Ireland. Today it has over 6 million printed volumes with extensive collections of journals, manuscripts, maps and music reflecting over 400 years of academic development. The Library was endowed with Legal Deposit privilege in 1801 and continues to receive copies of material published in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Library supports the learning and research needs across all disciplines of the College; it is a major research library of international repute; it provides services to a wide range of external users and institutions; it contributes to the development of creative initiatives in information provision and its exhibitions of manuscripts and other treasures attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to visit the Old Library each year. Although an institution of great antiquity, the Library pioneers modern methods of resource discovery and developments in the teaching, learning and research processes.

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Participating Institutions

AIB Bank
Margaret Ruxton
Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
American Conference for Irish Studies
Kate Costello-Sullivan
Armagh Robinson Library
Carol Conlin
Assistant Keeper
Bank of Ireland
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Dr Mike Webb
Early Modern Manuscripts Curator
Cambridge University Library
Dr Mark Purcell
Deputy Director, Research Collections
Central Bank of Ireland Archive
Sinéad McDonnell
Archives Manager
Christ Church Cathedral
Dr Stuart Kinsella
Cathedral Archivist
Churchill Archives Centre, University of Cambridge
Allen Packwood
College of Arms, London
Dr James Lloyd
Cork City Libraries
David O'Brien
Cork City Librarian
Digital Repository of Ireland
Lisa Marie Griffith
Donegal County Council Archives Service
Dublin Castle
William Derham
Dublin City Library and Archive
Dublin Diocesan Archives
Noelle Dowling
Diocesan Archivist
Dublin Port Archive
Ferns Diocesan Archives
Guinness Archives
Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Interim Director
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Dr Lee Arnold
Senior Director of the Library & Collections and Chief Operating Officer
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Thomas Hyry
Florence Fearrington Librarian
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Steve Hindle
W.M. Keck Director of Research
Irish Architectural Archive
Colum O'Riordan
Irish Capuchin Archives
Irish Genealogical Research Society
Irish Society for Archives
Kilkenny Library Service
Josephine Coyne
County Librarian
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Brian Crowley
Collections Curator
L. Brown Collection
Lambeth Palace Library
Camille Koutoulakis
Digital Officer
Law Reform Commission
Fiona Carroll
Project manager, Statute Law Revision Project
Libraries NI
Eileen McVerry
Senior Heritage Services Manager
Library Company of Philadelphia
Arielle Rambo
Chief of Cataloging and Digital Outreach Librarian
Library of the Honorable Society of King's Inns
Longford County Library and Archives Service
Martin Morris
County Archivist
Lord Meath
Brabazon Meath Archives
Louth County Archives Service
Lorraine McCann
County Archivist
Marsh’s Library
Jason McElligott
Met Éireann
Mary Curley
Military Archives
Commdt. Daniel Ayiotis
Officer in Charge
Monksgrange Archives
National Library of Ireland
Ciara Kerrigan
Assistant Keeper - Special Collections and Office of the Chief Herald
National Museum of Ireland
Lynn Scarff
Pembroke College Library and Archive, University of Cambridge
Property Registration Authority
Ellen Murphy
Archives Manager
Guenther Muehlberger
Representative Church Body Library
Dr Susan Hood
Librarian and Archivist
Royal College of Physicians Heritage Centre
Herriet Wheelock
Keeper of Collections
Royal Irish Academy
Barbara McCormack
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Conor Lucey
St Patrick's College, Maynooth, and Maynooth University

Special Collections Librarian, Russell Library
The British Library, London
Dr William Frame
Head of Modern Archives and Manuscripts
The Catholic Historical Society of Ireland
Prof Tom O'Connor
Editor Archivium Hibernicum
The Courts Service of Ireland
John Whelan
Information Service
The Heritage Council
Lisa Shortall
Head of Research, Learning and Cultural Heritage
The John Rylands Library, Manchester
John Hodgson
Joint Head of Special Collections and Manuscripts and Archives Manager
The Morgan Library and Museum (New York)
Dr Philip S. Palmer
Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head, Literary and Historical Manuscripts
The Parliamentary Archives
Jennifer Lynch
Head of Preservation and Access
Trinity College Cambridge
Anne McLaughlin
Digitisation Service Manager
Trinity Long Room Hub
Tullynally Castle
UCC Library
Crónán Ó Doibhlin
Head of Research Collections
Wexford County Archive
Gráinne Doran
Wicklow County Archives