|Postcard sent to Senator Mary Robinson|
|Statement by Sen Mary Robinson at press reception to launch Directory of Services in Ireland for Unmarried Parents and their Children, 1977|
- Phase 1 – The First Pass: this is the process whereby the contents of every box are removed, examined, listed and re-housed in special archive boxes which are then stored in secure climate-conditioned storerooms. It encompasses the first three stages listed above: know what you have, make it safe, appraise it.
- Phase 2 – Arrangement: in order to get intellectual control over a collection, give it structure, and lay the ground work for making items easily discoverable to researchers down the road, a clear logical arrangement must be decided on by the archivist (unless one already exists).
- Phase 3 – Cataloguing and Release: this phase predominantly involves the painstaking work of cataloguing the collection, box by box, series by series, file by file, and in some cases item by item. During this phase items are also considered for digitising, and decisions made on accessibility which take issues such as GDPR into account.
|Archive boxes safely stored on shelves, with unprocessed bankers boxes in background|
|An unwelcome visitor to any archive!|
|Former President Mary Robinson launching Flor MacCarthy's book "The Presidents' Letters", October 2021|
|Some children's drawings from the Mary Robinson archive, reproduced with their permission in Flor's book.|
|letter from the Dalai Lama congratulating Mary Robinson on the setting up of the Ethical Globalization Initiative|
|letter of congratulations and thanks from Senator Edward Kennedy following success of Lawrence v Texas, a "well-deserved victory for gay rights...".|
|Mary Robinson with Bishop Desmond Tutu|
|Christmas card from Áras an Uachtaráin with pencil drawing of the Áras by John Nankivell|