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NLI unveils a range of items acquired during 2022

Tuesday, 20 December 2022
Black and white photographs inside the Elizabeth ‘Lollie’ Corbet Yeats' photograph album

Elizabeth ‘Lollie’ Corbet Yeats' photograph album (ALB510)

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has unveiled a range of items acquired for the national collection during 2022.

Material collected includes the earliest known Irish grant of arms, dating from 1554; a hand-captioned photograph album from Elizabeth ‘Lollie’ Corbet Yeats, sister of WB Yeats; a ministerial letter written in response to a plea for extra tea during World War II rationing; and 1960s posters from cinema houses in Portlaoise and Mallow.

Speaking about the new additions to the national collection during 2022, Acting Director of the NLI, Katherine McSharry said: “The job of collecting Ireland’s memory in every age, whether from the 16th century or 2022, is a year-round one for the team at the NLI.  Tens of thousands of items – books, newspapers, photographs, letters, websites and much more – are added to the NLI’s collections and catalogued every year. Some are acquired under legal deposit – the statutory requirement for a copy of all material published in Ireland to be deposited with certain libraries including the NLI – some are donated by individuals or organisations, and some are purchases. All help us to tell the stories of Ireland.”

Read the full press release.