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Archival Collections

The RDS Library & Archives house the RDS Archival Collections which offer an important source of research for students of Irish history, arts, science and agriculture.


The RDS Archival Collections include:

RDS Administrative Archive:

  • Manuscript and printed minutes and proceedings of the RDS and its Committees dating from 1731
  • Material relating to the foundation and history of the National Botanic Gardens, National Museum and National Library of Ireland
  • Material relating to the Dublin Drawing Schools (1746-1877)

RDS Concert Archive:

  • Concert programmes and correspondence relating to the RDS Music Recitals (1886-2002)

RDS Agricultural Archive:

  • Minutes of the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland (1841-1880)
  • Minutes and correspondence of RDS Committee of Agriculture
  • Extensive pamphlet and early printed book collection on Agricultural subjects
  • 19th century catalogues of Irish farming societies
  • Estate papers of Rathsallagh and Fassaroe. Co. Wicklow
  • Catalogues, photographs and documents relating to the RDS Spring Show (1831-1992)

RDS Science Archive:

  • Material related to science and scientific institutions in Ireland including the minutes of the RDS Science Committee
  • Correspondence of Irish physicist George Francis Fitzgerald
  • Archive of the Irish Radium Institute (1903-1947)
  • The Mollan donation a collection of early printed books relating to Irish science and scientists

RDS Early Printed Book Collection:

The RDS Library & Archive's collection of books published before 1820 covering a wide range of subjects including:

  • Irish History
  • Agriculture
  • Science

The RDS Archival Collections are available for consultation by RDS Members and researchers by appointment. Please contact: librarydesk@rds.ie +353(0)12407254

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