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Archives and Archivists

Edited by Ailsa C. Holland and Kate Manning


The University College Dublin produced this book to mark its 35-year effort to establish and develop a modern archival studies program. The period between 1922 and 1970 was bleak for Irish archives, with no legislative control of government records, no policies on keeping archives, and no structure to educate those interested in the profession. UCDs Archives Department, formed in 1971, recently merged with the School of History to become the UCD School of History and Archives. It offers the only professional course in archival studies in Ireland.

This collection of 15 essays brings together contributors (all UCD graduate archivists) who were asked to write about subjects they found personally interesting or professionally intriguing. Contents include:

  • The curatorship of medieval and early modern manuscripts: a Dublin case study;
  • The preservation and management of the archives of the Roman Catholic church in Ireland,1850-2005;
  • From time immemorial: archives from the ancient world in the Chester Beatty Library; and
  • The significance of the "humdrum elements of human existence": an exploration of the role of records in everyday life.
  • About the editors: Ailsa C. Holland is a member of the University College Dublin School of History and Archives, and a founding member of the Irish Society for Archives. Kate Manning is an archivist in the University College Dublin Archives where she is responsible for the development of the University Archives Service.


    Four Courts Press Ltd. (2007)
    230 pp., soft cover

    Product Code: BOOKRES-0525
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