Special Collections

Special Collections & Archives provides access to books, maps, photographs and manuscripts from the twelfth century on, and the institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast. All items held are considered to be of lasting research value.

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Rare, largely unpublished material, dating from the twelfth century on.

Papers relating to politics, music and language in eighteenth century Ireland contrast with politics, culture and business in nineteenth and early twentieth century China.

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The University Archive

The institutional archive of Queen's University Belfast.

Comprises records pertaining to the history and development of Queen's from its foundation as a Queen's College in 1845 through to its establishment as an independent university in 1908 to the present day.

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Map Collections

Historic maps from 1567 - 1900

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Book Collections

From 1474 - 2018

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Digital Resources

A range of digital platforms to assist you in exploring our collections.

These digital tools include: RASCAL, Digital Special Collections & Archives, our Blog, Online Exhibitions, Subject Guides, the JStor Ireland Collection and the North China Herald Online.

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LGBT History Month: Gay Rights in Belfast and Beyond by Emma Reisz, Nadine Gilmore and Tom Hulme
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Newly digitised: The Memoirs of Arthur O’Neill
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Remembering Bunting Festival, 8-10th February 2019
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Persian Treasures
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October in the Palm House
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