|James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway|
NUI Galway’s archives seeks to protect and preserve records of enduring value, and over the past number of years has placed particular emphasis on seeking to collect the records of individuals and institutions linked to the theatre and to literature. These archives are combining with courses such as the MA in Drama and Theatre to make NUI Galway an increasingly significant centre of learning in this field.
In September of 2010 two project archivists joined the existing Archives team of Kieran Hoare and Vera Orschel to proceed with a specific theatre listings project. Five months into this project, it’s time for an update!
The main collections concerned are the Lyric and Druid theatres, as well as the Irish language theatre company Taibhearc na Gaillimhe. Another collection being catalogued concurrently is the Siobhan McKenna papers, and the short-term future will see the archives of the Galway Arts Festival and the performance company Macnas join these numbers. Another very exciting theatrical collection which has been acquired by the University will be launched soon.
As of the end of January, cataloguing on the Lyric is well underway and will continue throughout the year, as will the Taibhearc and McKenna listings. Project archivist Barry Houlihan has done sterling work on the Druid archive, which is now complete, and will be moving on to the Galway Arts Festival collection shortly.
We are very excited at the progress being made and at the prospect that these important records will be made fully accessible to researchers by the end of this year. Watch this blog (and our Twitter feed) for more updates during the remainder of this project.