This guide is intended to assist you in identifying and requesting print and manuscript materials from the Irish Collections at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Please use the tabs above to navigate the different pages of this guide.
The library's holdings in the history, literature, culture, and politics of Ireland from the seventeenth century to the middle of the twentieth century are concentrated in three named collections:
However, there also exist extensive Irish holdings in the general Rare Book Collection, making the combined Irish holdings among the most significant and sizable outside of Ireland.
To identify printed materials (books, periodicals, broadsides, etc.) pertaining to Ireland or by Irish writers, please search KU's online library catalog at: http://catalog.lib.ku.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First. You may find it helpful to try the following:
To identify manuscript materials (personal papers, literary manuscripts and drafts, diaries, correspondence, etc.), you may find it helpful to try the following:
The "Reference Resources for Irish Materials" tab provides a selection of print and electronic reference resources that may be helpful when using the Kenneth Spencer Research Library's Irish Collections.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Elspeth Healey, Special Collections Librarian, (firstname.lastname@example.org)