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Special Collections and Archives is open, offering a limited service.

Our services and resources are now available to Queen's academic staff and students by appointment only and with a reduced capacity.

Please email to make an appointment. New opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-17:00

Appointment times: 10:00-13:00, 13:00-15:00, 15:00-17:00 (Please note you may select more than one appointment time for each day.)

What to expect when you visit.

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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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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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Rare, largely unpublished material, dating from the twelfth to the twenty-first century.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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Antrim Presbytery Library books in Special Collections store.

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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Front view of the Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast.

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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Special Collections Blog

News, Exhibitions and Treasures in Special Collections

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Music-making in the Customs Service
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Hart’s Music Programmes
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Music in Hart’s China
The Sir Robert Hart Collection...

Letters from Eva Price to Sir Robert Hart
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Online Exhibition – The Edward Bunting Collection
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Items from the Hamilton Harty Collection laid out in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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SC Women with Lanterns, MS 15.6.21.A.27, Robert Hart glass slides.

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Ulysses First Edition

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