The Archives preserves one of Cork's most important cultural heritage assets, and one of the largest and richest archive collections in Ireland, spanning over 400 years of history.
Each archive collection or 'fonds' held here is a unique set of records generated by an organisation or person in the course of their activities, selected for preservation, and then donated to the Archives. Each fonds must be preserved as a unit and each is given a unique reference number. A fonds may consist of just 1 document, or thousands of documents.
Millions of documents are preserved here residing in over 1050 collections/fonds, that range in size from 1 item up to over 30,000 items. Altogether over 11,000 boxes and 17,000 bound volumes of written documents are held, as well as over 25,000 maps, plans and architectural drawings, and several thousand photographs.
Most of our collections date within the period 1600 - 1990.
Our holdings include documents relating to a vast number of topics. Our holdings are particularly strong in the following areas:
Statute Staple Deed, Cork City, 1618 (Vanderplas deeds Ref.U675)