Cork has a long and proud history which is reflected in its surviving local archives. We began acquiring archives from Cork city and county in 1971 and we now preserve one of Cork's largest and most important cultural heritage assets, and one of the largest and richest sets of local archives in Ireland, spanning over 400 years of history.
It is important to note that the CCCA does not create the archive collections held. 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 deposited in the CCCA. Each collection must be preserved as a unit and each is given a unique reference number. A collection may consist of just 1 document, or thousands of documents. Several hundred thousand items are preserved here, residing in over 1,200 archives/fonds/collections. An item can be as small as, for example, a single letter or photograph, or it can be as large as a thick administrative file or a bound volume, containing hundreds of pages, or a large photographic album.
Over 800 of these collections are available for research, mainly in hard copy by appointment in our Research Room. Several hundred items, selected from various collections, are also available to view online in our Online Digital Collections. For full details of our collections see the Guide and search our online catalogue. Please note that over 200 of the entries in the online catalogue are at collection level only, with the lists of the items in these collections available separately in the research room or by email on request.
Our collections document a vast number of organisations, people, events, subjects, and time periods. Our holdings are particularly strong in the following areas:
Use our detailed finding aids to locate material of relevance to your research, including our online catalogue, guide and descriptive lists for each individual collection. Descriptive lists are available on request by email. Queries are welcome.
Our collections are mainly in hardcopy format and may be accessed by appointment in our Research Room. Also, several hundred records have been digitised and are available online.