NUI Galway's James Hardiman Library holds the archives and special collections of many leading Irish cultural figures, instiutions and groups as well as  several major theatrical institutions, personal papers of political interest, academics, playwrights, writers and actors. The strength of these collections lies not only in their individual merits, but in the significant opportunity that they together represent to those interested in researching Irish history and that of Galway and the West of Ireland. 

Collections include the archives of the Druid and Lyric theatres, and of Taibhearc na Gaillimhe. Literary papers include the archive of John McGahern. Playwrights and actors papes include collections such as Tom Kilroy papers,  Siobhan McKenna papers and the Frank J. Bailey papers. Political collections include Brendan Duddy papers and the Ruairí Ó Brádaigh papers. Film archives include the John Huston papers. There are numerous other collections which relate to the Irish Language, life in the West of Ireland, landed estates, local authorities, businesses and many other themes.

The Archives in general hold over 350 collections in total, ranging in size from one postcard to 300 boxes of materials, and dating from 1485 to the present. A full guide to our deposited collections is available here. You can also find details on services for researchers and the conditions of access.  

The Archives Service is committed to making as many descriptive lists as possible available online. Fpr further information on our collections and research at the Archive and Special Collections service at the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, please contact the archivists here.