Archives Services

Irish Defence Forces Military Archives

The Military Archives is the place of deposit for the archives of the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the Army Pensions Board, under the terms of the National Archives Act, 1986. Archives are records with a special significance, records that are deemed to be of enduring value, for a variety of reasons.

Who we are:                                                                                                                
The Military Archives currently has a staff of three professional civilian archivists and four military archival assistant working under the direction of the Officer in Charge, Comdt Padraig Kennedy (MA ARM). Associated with the Military Archives is the Military Service Pensions Project with a staff of three professional civilian archivists, working under the direction of a project manager/archivist. This project is not currently in the public domain. All of the archivists at Military Archives have completed professional postgraduate archivist education at the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin. The Military Archives is an institutional member of the Archives and Records Association.

What we do:                                                                                                              
Apart from serving the evidential, legal and heritage needs of the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence, Military Archives can provide public services to a broad spectrum of interests, from family history queries to academic research, to material for television and radio documentaries.  Further information can be found on Military Archives website.

Military Archives holds a large number of ‘collections’ – which is the archival term for a group of records from a common office of origin.  For example the records for the Military Mission to the USA in 1926, are held together as a collection, produced as they were by a particular organisation at a given moment in time.  Collections are often associated with the international archival  terms ‘fonds’ and ‘sub-fonds’ and archivists usually provide descriptions for a given level using the International Standard for Archival Description (ISAD).Such collections are held intact to avoid a subjective approach on behalf of the archivist, which could lead to the retrospective re-ordering of material into ‘subject’ based series of papers. Archivists avoid subject categorisation because it inevitably leads to a loss of objectivity and ultimately proves impossible for a researcher to find what he/she is looking for across a large archival repository such as Military Archives.

Address:  Officer in Charge, Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Telephone:  01 8046457
Fax:   01 8046237
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