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What is Special Collections?

The Special Collections service at Queen's provides access to the Library's rare and early printed book, map, and manuscripts collections, as well as to more modern material relating to Ireland and Ulster in particular. All items held in Special Collection are considered to be of lasting research value and include examples of the earliest printed works, and books and pamphlets published between the 16th and early 19th centuries. In order to preserve the material for future readers the collections are housed in a secure and environmentally controlled setting.

Published Books, Pamphlets & JournalsMap CollectionsManuscript Collections

Special Collections holds thousands of published books, pamphlets & Journals. They are divided into discrete book collections depending either on the subject matter, collector or donator.

The subject areas covered include Ulster, Ireland, History, Politics, Economics, Theology, Literature and Language.

There are two main map collections in Special Collections: The Ewart Map Collection and Hibernia Regnum [Facsimiles] (also known as the Down Survey of the Baronies of Ireland).

Also of note is the Lopez Atlas.

The Manuscript Collection includes material dating from the twelfth century on, with a particular bias towards the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

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

What is 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. The record series include a number of broad areas:

Life of a University Administration of the University Records from Student Organisations
Minutes of Senate, minutes of the Academic Council, faculty and departmental records, University Calendars, student registers, roll books and examination papers Minutes and papers dealing with the management of the University Estate, records reflecting the work of the Library Publications produced by student societies, collections of papers deposited by former members of staff.

Visit the University Archive web page for additional information on services and resources. 

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