Derry Corporation Minute Books

A partnership was established in December 2009 between the Public Record Office Northern Ireland and Derry City Council Archive to produce digital copies of the Derry Corporation Minute Books and Freemen Records. There are 23 volumes ranging from 1673-1901. The first minute book in this Collection records the development of the city following the Ulster Plantation and the sieges of 1649 and 1689. For historical background see this PRONI introduction

Digital Dance Archives

The Digital Dance Archives is the result of an AHRC-funded research project carried out by academics and archive staff at the University of Surrey (DFT and CVSSP), National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD) and Coventry University. The Archive represents over 100 years of British dance.  There are photographs, artworks and videos. It is an important resource for dance research.

The Advertising Archives

  • The Advertising Archives was established in 1990 by Larry and Suzanne Viner. The Collection spans the years from the mid 19th Century to the present day. Image types include, British & American Press Adverts, British & American magazine covers and artwork including story illustrations,  rare French & Spanish magazine art,  British TV advertising stills,  mail order catalogues, posters, postcards, menus, theatre programmes & other ephemera and a  wide selection of vintage magazines.  If you register, you may access over 50,000 images. Please note “the thumbnail and preview images available on the site are for research purposes only and may not be reproduced without prior permission from AA”. See also:
  • The Library’s John Johnson Collection of printed ephemera including book trade and advertising material.
  • The Library’s JISC MediaHub which provides search results for video, media and audio resources.
  • The Royal College of Art Collection of over one thousand works that represent significant developments in British painting from the middle years of the previous century to the present.

The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive is a treasure-trove of English-language poets reading their own work. Some are historic recordings, some have been made especially for the Archive – which means its range is the widest possible: from Tennyson at the end of the 19th century, to poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Langston Hughes in the middle of the 20th century, to contemporary poets including Seamus Heaney, Ruth Padel and Kathleen Jamie… You can browse poems by theme and by form…Alongside the recordings you will find a wealth of background material on the poets, which will help you understand the context for their work. There are filmed interviews with some of them, so you can see and hear them giving the inside story on their writing lives”. The Archive’s president is Seamus Heaney and one of its directors is Andrew Motion, a former Poet Laureate. There is a video Welcome Introduction to the Poetry Archive by Andrew Motion.

Irish Military Archives

The Irish Military Archives has online collections; online collections finding aids; and information on the Archives’ offline collections.  There are finding aids for the Civil War Internment Collection and for the Civil War Operations and Intelligence Reports Collection.

The internment Collection has, for example, material relating to male and female prisoners held in military custody in Kimainham Prison during the Civil War. In the intelligence reports Collection there is a report on the “need for surveillance of radio activities”, and a report on the “Northern [Ireland] Government compiled by Intelligence Staff GHQ from official memoranda, parliamentary debates, semi-official journals, well-informed sources and reports from special agents”.

The Collections are open to the general public and the finding aids are useful indices to their content.

Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers

The National Archives of Ireland is making available online, the Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers. The papers cover the period 1818 to 1852.  The current catalogue for 1818-1822 contains 10,854 item and file descriptions, with an estimated 40,000 items processed. They “…constitute one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. They offer a rich source for scholars of Irish political, social, economic, labour, and women’s history, as well as for local historians and genealogists”.

The website has a context page explaining the significance and importance of the papers for historical research.

Irish Qualitative Data Archive

The Irish Qualitative Data Archive  hosts a catalogue of Irish qualitative research, a photographic archive and an archive of data collections that researchers can access and use for secondary analysis…You can add a catalogue record about your own qualitative research”.  At this site you can find out about other qualitative data archives worldwide.

Today’s Document and Treasures

Today’s Document is a free mobile app available in the Android marketplace and Apple iTunes Store. It is an interactive gallery that allows you to explore the holdings of the US National Archives through a collection of 365 documents and photographs. Tap the “info” icon to read background information on the document and link to related websites.  You can share any of the documents via email, Facebook and Twitter.

Treasures  is a British Library app highlighting over 100 documents, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific items – alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. There are audio excerpts and nearly 50 WiFi-served videos.  See BL’s promotional YouTube video.  There is a charge for Treasures. It is available across multiple mobile platforms: iPhone, Android and, in an HD version, the iPad.

Yale University Announces Digital Image Archive

Yale University have announced a new open access policy to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale’s museums, archives, and libraries . Yale is the first Ivy League university to make its collections accessible in this fashion, and already more than 250,000 images are available through a newly developed collective catalog.

The goal of the new policy is to make high quality digital images of Yale’s vast cultural heritage collections in the public domain openly and freely available.