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Description: The institutional archive of Queen's University, Belfast comprises records relating to the history and development of Queen’s from its foundation as one of the Queen’s Colleges in Ireland in
The institutional archive of Queen's University, Belfast comprises records relating to the history and development of Queen’s from its foundation as one of the Queen’s Colleges in Ireland in 1845 through to its establishment as an independent university in 1908 to the present day.
Special Collections & Archives at Queen’s University Belfast provides access to the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscript collections, as well as to more modern material relating to Ireland and Ulster in particular.
Collection level descriptions of many of our collections may be found on RASCAL and on the Archives Hub . Guides to manuscript material available for consultation at Special Collections & Archives are here.
On this site selected series from different manuscript collections have been digitised so that access to these records is available to a wider audience. The digitisation programme for the manuscript collections is on-going, new material will be added to the site when it becomes available.
The books, pamphlets, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and maps available for consultation in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room are considered to be of lasting research value and include examples of the earliest printed works (incunabula), books and pamphlets published between the 16th and early 19th centuries (STC and Wing items) as well as more modern titles. In order to preserve the material for future readers these collections are housed in a secure and environmentally controlled setting.
The Reading Room is located on Floor 1 of The McClay Library and provides a comfortable, dedicated space appropriate to the consultation of Special Collections & Archives materials. Wireless internet access is available. A brief guide to Special Collections and guidance on handling our material and using the Reading Room is available from the Special Collections & Archives link above.