Deposit Archives

Preserve Our Local Archives: Appeal

Why Deposit?

We are an active collecting repository and we are always delighted to hear about records, documents, and ephemera (in all formats) from/relating to Cork city and county.

Local archives from Cork document many unique aspects of the history of our city and county, organisations, and people. By depositing archives in CCCA, depositors are ensuring that they are properly preserved and made appropriately available for research, and that they will be a permanent public resource as part of Cork's public records.  Depositing an archive is a major contribution to our local heritage, history, culture, learning and research.

Collection Acquisition Policy

CCCA is Cork's public archives service, established in 1971-2. We are a section of, and operated by, Cork City Council, and we are also jointly funded and supported by Cork County Council and University College Cork. We are responsible for preserving local archives from Cork city and county. 

Under the local government acts, it is a statutory function of the Council to acquire local archives, to ensure their proper management, custody, care and preservation, and to make them available for public research and inspection. Local archives includes local government records of enduring value, and deposited archives acquired by purchase, donation, bequest or loan.

We are the designated official repository for Cork's local government archives.

Our mandate and policy is to acquire and preserve local archives, which are unique local records and documents of enduring value, relating to and generally originating from, Cork city and county.

(Note: archives from national government and state agencies are the responsibility of the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin).

We acquire unique corporate/organisational, and personal/family records of enduring value and research interest.

Acquired records will be appraised, by an archivist, as having enduring archival and research value.

Our particular acquisition mandate is to preserve and make accessible the archival heritage of Cork. This was approved by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and University College Cork. It is also a statutory function under the Local Government Act 2001. 

Our collection acquisition mandate to date has comprised:

  • Local Government and Health archives
  • Business archives
  • Clubs & Societies archives
  • Trade Union archives
  • Photographic archives
  • Personal and family archives
  • Schools archives
  • Solicitors papers
  • Landed Estate papers

What formats of material may be accepted?

Documents and records acquired can be hard copy or digital, and in any format, for example: 

  • Manuscript and typescript and printed documents
  • Diaries, journals
  • Correspondence
  • Files
  • Bound volumes e.g. minute books, account books, letterbooks, scrapbooks
  • Maps and architectural plans and drawings
  • Legal documents, deeds
  • Photographic albums, prints, slides, film, negatives
  • Digital Photographs
  • Printed ephemera e.g. collections of one-off concert or match or commemorative programmes, almanacks, directories, booklets and leaflets, posters, tickets etc. 
  • Audio/visual recordings
  • Electronic records and documents


We do not, in general, acquire collections of published books, journals or magazines, although small numbers of these may form part of an acquired archive.

We do not, in general, acquire collections of objects or archaeological artefacts, or non-documentary memorabilia, although small numbers of these may form part of an acquired archive.

Why is CCCA the right place for archives?

  • We will ensure proper preservation, research access, and management of local archives
  • Archives deposited in the CCCA are preserved and managed under proper archival conditions in a purpose built archives repository, the Seamus Murphy Building. 
  • Archives are managed in accordance with archival best practice, and under the management of qualified and experienced professional archivists.
  • Data Protection/Privacy concerns: We have the training, capability, and legal basis, to preserve and manage archives containing personal data (Local Government Act 2001/GDPR)
  • Damage treatment, repairs and conservation of archives are carried out.
  • We compile detailed lists and finding aids of collection contents to the highest international standards
  • Research/access, security, storage, and handling of archives are strictly managed.
  • CCCA has excellent digitisation capabilities and extensive online services.
  • We have an active programme of public outreach and involvement in cultural projects and events such as exhibitions.

How to Deposit Archives

If you have information about an archive, or to arrange a deposit, please contact the Senior Archivist. Standard terms and conditions apply, and special conditions may also be agreed, such as, the restriction of research access to some or all of the deposited archive for a set period. We encourage depositors to deposit material as a donation or bequest as this enables CCCA to ensure its preservation as a permanent public resource. 

What happens to material following deposit?

Archives will either become the property of the CCCA, or its responsibility, to be administered and processed in accordance with the policies, functions, and procedures of the CCCA and of Cork City Council, with due regard to legal requirements, and agreed deposit conditions. We properly preserve collections and make them appropriately accessible for research.

Tomas MacCurtain and Michael Collins Photographs
Tomas MacCurtain and Michael Collins. Photographs from Hallahan Photo. Album