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Cork City and County Archives

The archival collections principally relate to Cork City and County, and they contain unique information and documents relating to innumerable institutions, places, people and events. 

The archives preserve over 26,000 boxes of material, which is one of the largest and most important cultural heritage assets held in Cork, or indeed 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.