Category Archives: Special Collections

Black History Month from The River-side

To tie into the themed display ‘Black History Month’ in this on-going series …from The River-side I’ve chosen first edition poetry books by Langston Hughes and Colleen J McElroy from the James McAuley Collection. James McAuley Collection James J McAuley (1936-2021) was a … Continue reading

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Explore Cork in Books from The River-side: Cork City Libraries’ Publications

To tie into the themed display ‘Explore Cork in Books’ in this on-going series …from The River-side I’ve chosen publications by Cork City Libraries and selected a few items from their published works. Cork City Libraries Publications Cork City Libraries … Continue reading

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Banned Books from The River-side: The Tailor and Ansty

Welcome to the first post in a new series of blog posts: … from The River-side. This series will tie into the themed displays on Q floor of UCC Library and will focus on one or two items from Special … Continue reading

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Pi Day and Historical Recipes

Pi and Pi Day Pi is often represented by the lower-case Greek letter π and it is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.   Pi is an irrational number (a decimal with no end and no repeating … Continue reading

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Seachtain na Gaeilge: Irish Language Manuscript Collections at UCC Library

UCC Library’s Special Collections & Archives has rich Irish language collections including: The personal book collection of 20th century professor of Irish at UCC: Prof. Tadhg O Donnchadha also known as Torna. Items in Irish from the Older Printed Books … Continue reading

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From 18th century Tipperary to 20th century Cork: Insights into Handwritten Records in a Private Residence and an Academic Institution

The Riverside welcomes this guest post from Úna Faller who in summer 2021 undertook an online work placement in Special Collections using digital surrogates of The Donations Book 1931-1955 and Library Book of Barne House (1774). Úna completed her undergraduate … Continue reading

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Political Prints: A Brief Look at 18th and 19th Century Visual Satire

Among the Cartographic Visual material currently being listed in Special Collections are two small collections of political prints, each representing two distinct periods in the history of visual satire and caricature in Great Britain. Napoleonic Prints The first set, titled … Continue reading

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Book History and Provenance in the Green Coat School Collection

The Green Coat School Collection is now held in UCC Library but was originally formed in Cork City during the 18th century under the aegis of the Green Coat School trustees. The Green Coat School, also known as ‘Shandon Charity … Continue reading

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Topographical Prints: A Rich Visual Record of the Irish Landscape

Over the past few months I have been listing a collection of 18th and 19th century topographical prints held in Special Collections. The prints primarily relate to locations across Ireland and depict a diverse range of landscapes and townscapes, including … Continue reading

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