Archives acquires collections from institutions and bodies within the
university and from external sources. Since its establishment in 1971 it has developed a
collections profile centred on a core of political private papers. This continues
to be the main focus of its collecting policy.
sought from an early point to acquire and preserve the archives of those bodies
which had preceded the establishment of UCD and were subsumed into it. Responsibility
for university and university-related archives was formalised with the establishment
of a University Archives Service in 1997.
developing relationship with the Order of Friars Minor has resulted in the signing
of the UCD-OFM Partnership Agreement. As part of this agreement an initial transfer
of non-Franciscan private paper collections from the Franciscan Library Killiney
to UCD Archives took place in 1997. More recently the renowned collection
of Irish-language manuscripts designated A Manuscripts, including
the Annals of the Four Masters, has been transferred as part of a programme to
enhance the preservation of the manuscripts. The collection also includes twenty
UCD Archives is a contributing
repository to the Irish
Virtual Research Library and Archives, a project funded under the
Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions with the aim of
supporting humanities research by enabling access to digitised content.