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Dublin City Archives

ARCHIVE SERVICE: Dublin City Archives

ACCESS AND OPENING HOURS: 10.00-8.00 Mon-Thurs; 10.00-5.00 Fri-Sat;

EXHIBITION ROOM: 10.00-8.00 Mon-Thurs; 10.00-5.00 Fri-Sat;

SERVICES PROVIDED: Photocopying; scanning; photography; public café; studyspaces

GUIDES: Sir John T. and Lady Gilbert (eds.), Calendar of ancient records of Dublin (19 vols, Dublin 1889-1944); Mary Clark, The book of maps of the Dublin City Surveyors (Dublin, 1988); Mary Clark and Raymond Refausse, Directory of Historic Dublin Guilds (Dublin, 1993). Colm Lennon and James Murray, The Dublin city franchise roll (1998); Jane Ohlmeyer and Eamonn O Ciardha, The Irish statute staple books (1998).

PRIMARY COLLECTIONS: Principal civic collections: Dublin City Charters, 11711727; medieval cartularies incl. Liber Albus and Chain Book of Dublin; Dublin City Assembly Rolls, 1447-1841; Board of Dublin Aldermen, 1567-1841; journals of Sheriffs and Commons, 1746-1841; Tholsell Court, 16th-18th cent; Court of Conscience 18th-20th cent.; deed series 13th-20th century including, All Hallows, Ancient Revenue, Expired Leases, Miscellanea and St. Mary’s Abbey; Dublin City Treasurer’s accounts, 1540-1841; freedom records, 1468-1918; city surveyor’s maps, 1695-1828; minutes and reports of Dublin City Council, 1841-2002; Dublin City Electoral Rolls, 1937-1978; North Strand Bombing and Donore Bombing, 1941; records of Dublin Corporation committees and department, 1840-1970.

Other collections: archives of some trade and religious guilds to 1841; Wide Streets Commission, 1757-1849; Paving Board, 1774-1847; charitable committees, including Mansion House Relief Fund, 1880; Rathmines and Rathgar Township, 1847-1930; Pembroke Township, 1863-1930; Civics Institute of Ireland, 1918-1930; private and estate collections relating to Dublin City, including Bushy Park Estate, Litton family archive, Lundy Estate archive; archives of voluntary bodies, social clubs, resident associations based in or working within Dublin City; Jacob’s Biscuit Factory Archive Irish Theatre Archive: major theatres including An Damer; Cork Theatre Company; Dublin Masque Theatre Guild; Dublin Theatre Festival; Gaiety Theatre; Gaiety School of Acting; Irish Theatre Company; Olympia Theatre; Rough Magic Theatre Company; Brendan Smith Academy; Storytellers’ Theatre Company; and Theatre Royal Dublin. Private papers of players and designers including P.J. Bourke; Eddie Cooke; Ursula Doyle; Vernon Hayden; Nora Lever; Anna Manahan, Micheal Mac Liammoir; Denis Noble; Jimmy O’Dea; Maureen Potter; Shelah Richards; and Cecil Sheridan. Supplemented by extensive collection of theatre materials, programmes, photographs, playbills.

Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive: Personal papers and diaries belonging to Irish soldiers in the First World War (1914-1918), who fought on the Western Front and at Gallipoli; including Monica Roberts’ Collection.

Dublin City Archaeological Archive: established in 2008 to collect archives of excavations conducted in Dublin City by private archaeological companies; fortythree collections accessioned by end 2015; these are now available for research.

Dublin City Sports Archive: established in 2010 to mark Dublin’s term as European City of Sport; Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club; Three Rock Rovers’ Hockey Club; Shelbourne Supporters Development Group; Hibernian Athletics Historical Association; Swimming and Water Polo Programs Collection


  • Enquires to: The City Archivist
  • Name: Dublin City Library and Archive
  • Street: 138-144 Pearse Street
  • Eircode: D02 HE37
  • City: Dublin 2
  • County: Dublin
  • Country: Ireland


  • Telephone: (01) 674 4997
  • Fax: (01) 674 4881
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