Introduction

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The Department of Manuscripts has approximately one million items in its collections spanning nearly a thousand years. They are mostly manuscripts relating to the island of Ireland, or written by Irish people in Ireland or overseas.

The manuscript collection covers a wide range of subjects, including the history of Irish civilization, landed estate records, maps, political, social and economic life, and papers relating to language, literature, art, music and architecture.

The collection dates range from the early eleventh century to the present day 

See the Accessing Manuscripts section to find out how to consult the manuscript collections.


Detail from an illuminated manuscript by Franz von Retz, South German, c. 1500 (MS 32,513).
Detail from an illuminated manuscript by Franz von Retz, South German, c. 1500 (MS 32,513).
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