NLI unveils a range of items acquired during 2022
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.”