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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Manuscript Collections

Manuscript and archival collections held by Special Collections.

Rare, largely unpublished material, dating from the twelfth to the twenty-first century. 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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Book Collections

Printed collections held by Special Collections.

Extensive collections of rare, antiquarian and modern books which date from the fifteenth century to the present day. Topics covered include Irish & English literature, medicine, politics, theology and philosophy.

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Map Collections

Historic maps dating from 1567 to 1900.

Special Collections holds three core map collections: The Ewart Map Collection, ca 1567-1900, the Hibernia Regnum Map Collection, 1655-1659 and the Escheated Counties of Ireland, 1609.

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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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University Archive

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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‘Dear Mother, Dear Father’: Legation Letters Home
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Newly digitised: The Memoirs of Arthur O’Neill
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