The Society’s library holds an important collection of archival photographs, antiquarian sketches, drawings and manuscript notes. Its particular strength lies in Irish history and archaeology and it has substantial holdings of Irish local history journals and books.
The Library services are available to members and can be accessed by external readers, by appointment. The Library is open 10-1 and 2-5 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Visual collections include original sketchbooks and watercolours compiled by George Victor du Noyer,William Wakeman, James Graves, Miller and Robertson and Brian Coughlan and photographs relating primarily to the period c. 1850– c. 1950. The most significant photographic holdings are images of field monuments and architecture, but the collection also includes numerous portrait images and the John Cooke ‘Darkest Dublin Collection’ — images documenting the slums of Dublin in 1913 and some of the original photographs taken by the Irish Georgian Society 1908-1913. Many of these collections are now available to view digitally in the library reading room and the Society has recently embarked on an ambitious project to make material available through the international web portal for cultural institutions – Europeana.
The library also contains the manuscript research notes of a number of noted Irish antiquaries including Erlington Ball, Lord Walter FitzGerald, J.J. Buckley, Oliver Davis, Harold Leask, P.J. Lynch, Liam Price and Helen Roe. Documentation relating to the Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead in Ireland includes original nineteenth-century rubbings of, mainly medieval, gravestones.
Cataloguing of the society’s collections is an ongoing process, work continues in improving existing records and adding new material. Please bear in mind that this catalogue is still a work-in-progress.
Much of our book collection is now accessible on the Online Catalogue. Records contain essential information e.g. Title, Author, Date and Publisher. It can be searched using any of these fields. Over the coming months more titles will be added to the Online Catalogue.