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Subject: IVRLA presents...Folklore Photograph Collection and the Papers of Michael Collins


The Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA), in association with the Humanities Institute of Ireland (HII), UCD Library, National Folklore Collection and UCD Archives, are proud and delighted to present two exciting new collections. The "Folklore Photograph Collection" and the "Papers of Michael Collins (1890-1922)" are now available online.

The Folklore Photograph Collection contains 402 photographs which form a representative selection of the photographic element of the National Folklore Collection. The entire collection consists of some 80,000 images, chiefly the work of staff of the Irish Folklore Commission and its successors.  In 1985 the Department of Irish Folklore at UCD curated an exhibition of some 170 photographs entitled I gCuimhne na nDaoine (In Memory of the People) to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Folklore Commission. This exhibition was intended to illustrate the scope and achievement of the Irish Folklore Commission’s collecting and archiving activities, from its foundation in 1935 to the establishment of its successor the Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin, in 1971. In addition to this particular exhibition, researchers are invited to browse a further sample of images of Irish life and the cultural landscape from the National Folklore Collection. These photographs are mostly nitrate negatives dating from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s which have been digitized in recent years.  To view this collection, click National Folklore Collection. The original collection is in the National Folklore Collection in UCD.

In its totality the Papers of Michael Collins (1890-1922) give a glimpse of Collins' life in London and of his continuous involvement in the Irish social scene - the Gaelic League and Gaelic Athletic Association - and his close links with family and friends in Ireland. The collection also indicates his political awareness and willingness to address and question political matters and politicians. Although a small collection, it gives a unique and rare insight into this enigmatic of Irish political figures. To view this collection, click Papers of Michael Collins (1890-19922). The original collection is in the UCD Archives.

Access to the collections and detailed information can be found on the IVRLA Repository website.

These collections are the first in a series of new collections being launched throughout October.




Joseph Greene

Institutional Repository Project Manager

325 James Joyce Library

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4


353 (0)1 716 7398

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