We are an active collecting repository and we are always delighted to hear about records or documents (in all formats, including photographs and ephemera) 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.
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.
Archives deposited in the CCCA are preserved and managed under proper archival conditions in a purpose built archives repository, the Seamus Murphy Building, in accordance with archival best practice, and under the control of qualified and experienced professional archivists. Damage treatment, repairs and conservation of archives are carried out. We compile detailed lists and finding aids of collection contents. Access to, and handling of, archives is strictly managed. We also have excellent digitisation capabilities.
The CCCA acquires unique corporate/organisational, and personal/family records of historic interest originating from/relating to, Cork City and County. Deposited records will be appraised, by an archivist, as having enduring archival value.
Records are accepted in hard copy and digital format and in all forms, such as:
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 3-D objects or archaeological artefacts.
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.