Archives Services

Waterford City Archives

To preserve, protect & make accessible records relating to Waterford City. Waterford City Council was the first local authority to appoint an archivist under the terms of Section 65 of the 1994 Local Government Act. A building in the centre of the medieval city was provided as a home for the City Archives.

Contact:   Donal Moore, Waterford City Archivist
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 09.00-17.00. By appointment.

Facilities for Educators/Students:   

Group visits to the Archives (up to 25 people) can be arranged in advance. Alternatively, the Archivist can visit to give talks to schools or other interested groups.

Access and Facilities:

Readers required to complete an application form on their first visit and issued with a reader’s ticket valid until the end of the calendar year. Photocopying facilities available at Archivist’s discretion and depending on copyright restrictions as well as nature and condition of material in question. Much of the material has been listed and searchable databases for some categories of records are being prepared on an ongoing basis.


The core of the archives’ collections comprises material originating within Waterford City Council (formerly Waterford Corporation) dating back to the late sixteenth century.  This includes minute books, drawings and plans, financial material and estate records. The Archives has a substantial map collection reaching back to the seventeenth century. A conscious decision was made that the new facility would be a city archives and not just a repository for Waterford City Council’s own records.

The Archives hold the records of Waterford Chamber of Commerce (1797–1998) and Waterford Harbour Board (1816–1970s). In 2005 the Archives purchased the Annie Brophy Photographic Collection, a significant collection of over 60,000 photographic negatives spanning the period from the 1920s to the 1970s. The Archives also has some primary school records (Mount Sion, St Patrick’s, Manor St John’s and Presentation Primary Schools, 1880–1990s & others). There are also over an 100 small, private and institutional collections.


Waterford City Archives, High Street, Waterford




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