Digital Photographs

In 2007 the National Library undertook a major project to digitise its' collections of glass plate negatives. Over 33,000 glass plate negatives from the Lawrence Royal and Cabinet, Poole Whole Plate, Independent H, Clarke, Eason, Keogh, Stereo Pairs and Tempest photographic collections were scanned. These images are accessible, at a low resolution and with basic information, through the Online Catalogue.

While the material has been digitised to archival standard, further work is required to exploit the full potential of these digital photographs. For example the information accompanying a number of the images has not yet been enhanced which in practice means that some captions, which were transferred directly from original indexes/lists, are very brief and sometimes inaccurate.

The Library is not currently in a position to make amendments to the accompanying information but comments are welcome and should be sent directly to the National Photographic Archive npaoffice@nli.ie  The Library is working towards a fuller digital resource and more information will be made available at the earliest opportunity.