Cork City & County Archives

Cork City CouncilCork County CouncilUniversity College Cork
Funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council & UCC
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About Us

Address: Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O'Brien Street, Cork, Ireland.
Seoladh: Áras Shéamuis Uí Mhurchú, Sráid Mhór Liam Uí Bhriain, Corcaigh.
Guthán/ Tel. +353 (0)21 4505 886 or 4505 876  
Faics/ Fax. +353 (0)21 4505 887
R-Phost/ Email: archivist@corkcity.ie
Enquiries are welcome.

Establishment

The Cork City and County Archives (CCCA) was the first local government archives service established in Ireland and it remains one of the largest such services in Ireland. We are a shared service which is equally funded by each of its parent institutions, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and University College Cork. In 1971, these 3 bodies established the Cork Archives Council (later, Cork Archives Institute) which was based at Cork Courthouse, and later at Christ Church, South Main Street, Cork City. The Courthouse and the Christ Church building are no longer in use by the CCCA. In 2006, the CCCA moved to a new purpose built centre, the Seamus Murphy Building, that offers the most modern facilities for the preservation and use of archives. This centre was built by Cork City Council.

Local Archives - Statutory Obligation

The day to day operation of the CCCA is carried out by Cork City Council. Since 1994, it has been a statutory obligation and function of local authorities to make arrangements for the proper management, custody, care and conservation of records and archives and for the public inspection of archives, including local authority records, and records and archives donated or deposited by local organisations and individuals.

One of Cork's Largest and Most Important Cultural Heritage Assets

Seamus Murphy ExhitibtionWe preserve over 3.5 kilometers of records, comprising over 1000 individual collections... one of the largest and most important cultural heritage assets held in Cork, or throughout Ireland.

Collections include local authority archives from Cork City Council and Cork County Council, and various defunct local authorities such as the Poor Law Boards of Guardians. Also held are major collections of personal papers, business records, landed estate papers, solicitors’ papers, the records of various private organisations, labour unions, charitable bodies and school records. Most aspects of the social, political, commercial and cultural history of Cork are represented within the collections.

Many of our collections contain genealogical information that is not readily available elsewhere, for example, solicitors’ records, landed estate records, cemetery registers, workhouse registers, hospital registers, and business records. The Archives has an active programme of listing and digitising records. Increased investment in this area will have benefits for heritage tourism and developing links to the Irish diaspora.

Our users include local and academic historians, social scientists, students, the media, local community and heritage groups, local authority staff, and those researching their genealogy and family history.

The quality and volume of archives which have been acquired by the CCCA is a testament to the co-operation between Cork's local government and UCC,  to the support of the local community, as well as to the work of current staff, and previous Archivists Ann Barry and Patricia McCarthy, and other archives and library professionals working at both local and national level.

The involvement of UCC in funding the CCCA reflects the fact that we are a key repository for research by students and staff of the university, and other colleges and schools in the region.

The CCCA is managed by chief Archivist Brian McGee (Professionally trained Archivist, graduate of UCC and UCD), and is overseen by an Executive Committee which currently includes the Archivist/Secretary, the managers of Cork City Libraries and Cork County Libraries, and U.C.C. Library.