Northern Ireland Offical Publications Archive

The Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA)  is now freely available at . NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.

1916 and Me, 2016 and Us.

The even1916 and mets that occurred during 1916 can have many different meanings for people. By asking, ‘what does 1916 mean to you?’, this exciting new collection explores the political, social, and cultural legacies of the year 1916 for people and communities across the island of Ireland, north and south.

‘1916 and Me / 2016 and Us’ consists of 43 interviews, recorded in Dublin and Belfast throughout 2016, with individuals (academics, community leaders, politicians, artists, writers and members of the public) giving their views on the significance of the events of 100 years ago and also on the meaning of commemoration. Those interviewed include Heather Humphreys (Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs), Colin McCusker (Councillor, Ulster Unionist Party), David Norris (Independent Senator), John Concannon (Director, Ireland 2016), David Ford (MLA Alliance Party, and former Northern Ireland Minister of Justice), Catriona Crowe (National Archives of Ireland), and Professor Mary Daly (UCD historian, and President, Royal Irish Academy).

‘1916 and Me / 2016 and Us’ is a collaboration between University College Dublin School of History, Queen’s University Belfast School of History and Anthropology, UCD Digital Library and, UCD’s public history website. The project was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund and produced by Real Smart Media for History Hub.

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The UCD Digital Library is an institutionally supported, preservation-oriented digital repository that holds a heterogeneous collection of resources from UCD’s cultural heritage repositories and an increasing number of data assets captured or produced by UCD research activities. It is accessible at


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography & American National Biography Online

The Oxford DNB is more than an online biographical dictionary. It has a list of themes. Some of these are, Anglo-Norman invaders of Ireland; the Metaphysical poets; Proponents and critics of appeasement; British Union of Fascists; England, Scotland and the Acts of Union; High-kings of Ireland; Lord Lieutenants of Ireland; Music in Britain: 1905 and after; Papal legates to medieval Britain and Ireland; The road to Suez and War poets. Articles link to biographies of the people involved.

The ODNB links to American National Biography Online. As well as biographies the ANB has research ideas which link to relevant articles and biographies of the people involved.  The ideas are: American literature; Arts in America; Black history; Civil Rights movement; Civil war; Depression and the New Deal; Frontier and Western expansion; Gilded age; Hispanic American heritage; Native American heritage; Women’s history; and World War II.

Academic Earth: Politics videos

Academic Earth’s  free politics videos include 10 lectures on, African American studies, by Prof. M Sawyer (UCLA); 12 lectures on, Current issues in international and area studies, by Paula Goldman (Berkley); 10 lectures on, Conceptual foundations of international politics, by Prof. L. Anderson (Columbia); 24 lectures on, Introduction to political philosophy, by Prof. S. B. Smith (Yale); 6 lectures on, Geography of United States elections, by M. Lewis (Stanford); 19 lectures on, Politics, strategy and game theory, by Prof. K. Bawn (UCLA); 5 lectures entitled, Talk’s from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, by former US Senator Bill Bradley (Princeton); 5 lectures on, Presidential politics: race, class, faith & gender in the 2008 election, by Prof. Al Camarillo (Stanford); 25 lectures on, The moral foundations of politics, by Prof. I. Shapiro (Yale); 12 lectures on, Justice: what’s the right thing to do?, Prof. M. Sandel (Harvard);  24 lectures on, Faith and globalization, by various distinguished speakers(Yale); 26 lectures on, Nonviolence: from Gandhi to Martin Luther King, by Prof. M. Nagler (Berkley).

Jackie Clarke Library and Archive

The Jackie Clarke Library and Archive in Ballina is a collection of primary historical materials gathered together by Jackie Clarke (1927-2000). It contains over 100,000 items: manuscripts, photographs, legal papers, pamphlets, hand-bills, film, political autograph books, letters, cartoons, maps and proclamations. For a history of the Library see the Collection Booklet. The Library is currently closed to the public but for further information contact the Library’s curator. The Curator has placed a video about the Collection on You Tube.

American presidential papers

The Manuscript Division of Library of Congress has  the papers of twenty three United States presidents.  In 1996, the  Division embarked on a programme to digitise them. The following papers are available: The George Washington Papers; The Thomas Jefferson papers; The James Madison Papers and The Abraham Lincoln Papers. Other collections will follow. Library of Congress has also prepared a presentation called “I do solemnly swear…”: presidential inaugurations. Other useful resources for the researcher include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which has extensive digital archives; The American Presidency Project with over 90,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency and with links to other presidential libraries; and the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project which has useful links to other sites.

Cabinet Papers 1915-1980

Cabinet Papers, a joint JISC / National Archives project, includes Cabinet memoranda supplied to Cabinet before meetings, Cabinet conclusions and decisions, and Cabinet Secretary’s notebooks since 1942. The papers may be browsed by theme, for example Limited war and the politics of defence, and Law liberty and society. This is a very important resource for research into twentieth century Britain.

IFG. Internet Governance Forum

The IFG‘s mandate is among other things  to “discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet…advise… ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world.. [and to]… contribute to capacity building for Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise”. It has published three books in electronic format which are freely available for download: Internet governance forum (IFG):  the first two years; Internet for all; and Internet governance: creating opportunities for all.

Digitised British and Irish political cartoons

The British Cartoon Archive based at the University of Kent at Canterbury comprises cartoons from 1904 to the present. The archive illustrates the work of around 250 British cartoonists. Much of it contains social and political comment. Another collection of British cartoons is housed in the Library of Congress in Washington. These earlier cartoons were published primarily between1780 and 1830. According to Library of Congress , “the cartoons highlight aspects of British political life, including tensions with its colonies and other nations, as well as society, fashion, manners, and theatre”. The University of Illinois has harvested a collection of Irish political cartoons.  These are drawn primarily from the Weekly Freeman and National Press and United Ireland newspapers. They address the subject of Irish politics of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and, in particular, Ireland’s relationship with England. For cartoons relating to Northern Ireland go to the CAIN website.  For more collections follow the Intute link.

The Mike Wallace Interview

Students of American history and politics may be interested in the Mike Wallace interviews available as videos and transcripts in the Harry Ransom Center . There are interviews with Eldon Edwards, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (on segregation, communism etc); Senator Wayne Morse (on the Eisenhower administration); Earl Browder (former head of the Communist Party in the US); Dr. Ralph Lapp, nuclear physicist (on nuclear testing and the atomic bomb); Senator James Eastland (“the voice of the white south”); Frank Lloyd Wright (on politics and war); Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas (on the Little Rock controversy); Eleanor Roosevelt (on Republicans, Democrats and the Soviet Union); John Gates (a leader in the Communist Party); Fulton Lewis Jnr. (on American politicians); Abba Eban (on Arab nations); William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US (on the loss of liberties); Cyrus Eaton, industrialist (on the Cold War); Aldous Huxley (on freedom in the US); Adlai Stevenson (on American politics); Henry Kissinger (on US foreign policy); Arthur Larson (on the Eisenhower administration).