UCD Archives' core function is the curatorship of the archives of the university and the significant institutions which predated its foundation; and of those outstanding collections of private papers and institutional archives acquired and preserved to help document the foundation and development of modern Ireland.

The mission of UCD Archives is to achieve the highest standards in the performance of its core functions:

To identify and preserve collections of archives, papers and manuscripts of national significance, safeguarding the interests of depositors and supporting the teaching and research needs of the university and the wider community.

To identify and preserve those records of the university which are evidence of university functions and which have enduring significance, to support administration and research.

Document of the Month
Description by Michael MacWhite of life at the Front during World War I, 1916

Michael MacWhite (1882–1958) had one of the most extraordinary careers in the public service of independent Ireland. Born in Reenogreena, near Glandore in West Cork, MacWhite became a civil servant, a journalist, a French Foreign Legionnaire and most significantly, Ireland’s first career diplomat. Thirsting for adventure, MacWhite travelled extensively, teaching in Scandinavia, fighting in the First Balkan War and then the Great War before returning home to assist the new Irish Free State. ...

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