Directory of Irish Archives, 2nd ed. by Seamus Helferty & Raymond Refausse. Irish Academic Press. c. 1993. Exclusive U.S. distributor is International Specialized Book Services, Inc., 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street, Portland OR 97213-3644. (503)287-3093, Fax (503)280-8832. $19.95. 154 pp.
This excellent guidebook provides detailed information on 224 archives in Ireland. For each location it provides: name and address of the archive, telephone numbers, title of the person to whom enquiries should be directed, opening hours and facilities, plus information on major collections. There is a 40% growth since the first edition in 1988.
The archives themselves are arranged in alphabetical sequence, but this is not adhered to strictly so that certain archives are grouped together. For example, the 9 Convents of Mercy are listed together under Sisters of Mercy.
There is a wide breadth of archives included from Drogheda Harbour Archives, to the Guiness Museum, to the Kilmainham Goal Museum, to the Royal Ulster Rifles Regimental Museum. The only institutions omitted are the labor-related and business archives as these are indexed in other sources.
An index by geographic location would have helped to find possible archives in the area in which you are searching. This is a valuable guide for knowing where to write in Ireland for information.Note: This book is now in its third edition (1999).
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.2, 1996