All Special Collections

Date of Acquisition

Title of COLLECTION

2015

1913 Tapestry Lockout Project: research notes, sewing samples and preparatory drawings relating to the tapestry commemorating 1913 Lockout in Dublin on the centenary anniversary. SIPTU, NCAD and many voluntary community groups collaborated on this project. Click here for more information on the project.

2013

Aloysius O'Kelly Collection: Niamh O'Sullivan's research material on Irish Impressionist painter Aloysius O'Kelly (1853-1925).

2011

Artists Association of Ireland: administration and financial records from the AAI.

2010

The Artist Led Archive: a growing collection of documentation on the rich history of Irish artist-led cultural initiatives from 1970 onward.  The collection documents the work of some 75 such initiatives and the cultural conditions that influence their development. 

A complete inventory of the Artist Led Archive is available here.  

Find out more about the ALA at www.theartistledarchive.com

2003

Artsource Records (Jobst Graeve Donation): documentary material relating to the activities of this independent curatorial organisation from the mid 1990’s.

2012

Artworking: material on this Irish arts consultancy organisation.

1997 - ongoing

Artists’ Books Collection: hand-made, letterpress, and limited edition book works created by artists born or resident in Ireland. Click here to view Artist's Book catalogue.

2015

Brian Connolly Archive: artist's papers relating to public art commissions and digital images of performance work by this Northern Irish sculptor.

2011

Brian Lalor Research Archive:  an extensive collection of research materials compiled and editing by Brian Lalor in preparation for his publication Ink Stained Hands: Graphic Studio Dublin and the Origins of Fine-Art Printmaking in Ireland (2011).

2015

Brian K. Reilly Collection: sketchpads of drawings belonging to Irish painter Brian K. Reilly.

2012

City Arts Centre Archive: administrative records, exhibition records and audio-visual documentation of City Arts Centre activities compiled, organised and donated by former director Sandy Fitzgerald.

2010

Cleo Collection: financial and administrative records of Cleo, a clothes shop on Kildare Street, Dublin, that specialises in Irish knitwear and textiles www.cleo-ltd.com

1997

Cooper's Stencils: stencils used by the coopers of Powers Distillery, who were previously located in the NCAD Thomas Street campus.

2008

Cor Klassen Collection: examples of graphic design work including a folio of prints displayed in the retrospective exhibition at the National Print Museum in 2005.  Donated to the library by the artist's widow.  Learn more about the artist...

1998

Cultural Relations Committee: 1949 - 1952 records of the Cultural Relations Committee, a body that advises the Department of Foreign Affairs.

1998

Daniel Egan Collection: ledgers and scrapbooks documenting the activities of the Egan Gallery, 1920’s – 1930’s. Click here to view collection.

2015

Daniel Maclise Collection: Prof. John Turpin's research material on Irish painter Daniel Maclise (1806-1870).

2015

Distiller's Press: posters, prints and handmade books made at the Distiller's Press in NCAD's Visual Communications department. Also includes photographs and correspondence. For more information see distillerspress.com

1997

Dolmen Press: a sample archive of printed material published by Dolmen Press (1951-1987), an Irish publisher specialising in hand-printed editions of poetry and art. It was compiled by co-founder of the Dolmen Press Liam Miller.

2004

Dorothy Walker Collection:  collection of critical writings, correspondence and other documentation on Irish and International art of the 1970’s – 1990’s bequeathed to NIVAL by the late critic and art historian (1929-2002). Click here to view collection.

2002

Earley & Company Archives: designs and company records of these ecclesiastical furnishers with offices in Dublin from 1852 to 1974. Click here to view collection.

2014

Ed Miliano Collection: graphic design examples and illustration by the American born, Irish-based, artist and designer Ed Miliano www.edmiliano.com

2009

Embroidery Artists Collection: paper documentation of the Embroidery Artists group activities as well as lace and embroidery samples. The sewing samples were a teaching collection used by the Embroidery department in NCAD. Click here to view collection.

2013

Ernest Hayes Collection: material relating to Irish artist Ernest Hayes (1914-1978) donated by his family.

1997

Evie Hone Collection: books and ephemera from the artist's personal library.

2014

Fenderesky Gallery Image Collection: photographs and slides of installed exhibitions in the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, dating from 1990 - 2013. www.fendereskygallery.com

1997

Fionnan MacCollum: sketchbooks and correspondence relating to Irish sculptural designer Fionnan Og MacCollum.

2001

Friends of the National Collections of Ireland: administative records of the FNCI, a voluntary body founded in 1924 by Irish artist Sarah Purser, to help preserve Ireland's artistic heritage at a time when there was little or no State support for developing art collections in Ireland. Click here to view collection.

2015

Gordon Lambert Collection: papers relating to Irish art collector Gordon Lambert.

2010

Graphic Studio Dublin Archive:  institutional archive of letters, catalogues, photographs and ephemera from the establishment of the Studio in 1960 to the year of donation.  Find out more about Graphic Studio Dublin at www.graphicstudiodublin.com

2011

Helen Moloney Archive: artist's papers including correspondence, preparatory artwork and photographs belonging to Irish stained glass artist Helen Moloney (1926-2011)

2011

HIBERNIA:  artist Peter Haining's personal archive of a six year project to document naive and auto-didactic art throughout Ireland. The archive is of itself an artwork in multiple formats including sketchbooks, diaries, photographs, ephemera and a personal library amassed as he travelled by bicycle around the 32 counties. 

1999

Institute of Sculptors of Ireland: see Peter Grant Collection.

2001

Irish Exhibition of Living Art Archive (Anne Yeats Donation): extensive documentary material including 2 complete volumes of press clippings, exhibition catalogues, visitors books and minutes from 1947 – 1971. Click here to view collection.

1997

Irish Directions (Patricia Boylan papers): administrative records, compiled by Patricia Boylan, relating to Irish Directions, a travelling exhibition of Irish art in the Ulster Museum, the Hugh Lane Gallery and Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts in 1974. 

2013

Irish Patchwork Society Archive: administrative records and photographic documentation of the Irish Patchwork Society's activities from 1979 - 2013. Click here to view collection.

1999

Irish Trade Board: Fashion forecasts, mood boards and reports from the Irish Trade Board 1993 – 1999.

1998

Jan de Fouw Collection: examples of graphic design work including Aer Lingus posters by influential graphic designer Jan de Fouw.

2003

John Hogan Collection: Prof. John Turpin's research material on Irish sculptor John Hogan (1800- 1853).

2008 - 2010

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Records: administrative diaries and visitors’ books from the past twenty years, donated by the gallery.  Read more about the gallery at www.kevinkavanagh.ie

2001

Kilkenny Design Workshops Archive: records, press clippings and extensive photographic documentation from 1963-1989. Click here to view collection.

2012 - 2015

Kilkenny Design Consultancy Archive: administrative records, correspondence, research material, design drawings and prototypes for graphic design and industrial design projects from the KDW Design Consultancy dating from the 1980's. www.kilkennydesign.eu

2009

Lillias Mitchell Collection: papers and research notes on Irish artist and weaver Lillias Mitchell (1915-2000). Click here for more information on Lillias Mitchell. 

2007

Mainie Jellett Collection: extensive documentary material on the life and work of this artist (1897-1944) including correspondence, sketchbooks and personal items. Click here for more information on Mainie Jellett.

2000

Mia Cranwill Collection: collection documenting this Irish metalworker (1880-1972) inlcuding photographs, press cuttings and personal items.

2015

Michael Healy Collection: a portion of the 1916 diary of Irish stained glass artist Michael Healy (1873-1941), in which he writes about the Easter Rising in Dublin. See also An Tur Gloine Collection. Click here to view collection.

1997

National College of Art & Design (NCAD) Records: Student Registers from 1877 – 1970's; Headmasters' Reports, files and incomplete correspondence from 1907, documenting NCAD and its predecessor, The Dublin Metropolitan School of Art.  Read more about the history of the college at www.ncad.ie/about/history

2013

Odlums Flour Bags: examples of flour bag packaging from the Odlums company.

2003

Oliver Sheppard Collection: Artist’s sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, drawings and small sculptures documenting the work of this sculptor (1865–1941) and donated by Prof. John Turpin.

2014

Patrick Pollen Collection: drawings and sketches for stained glass commissions by British born artist Patrick Pollen (1928-2010).

2015

Patrick Scott Collection: books, papers and photographs belonging to Irish abstract painter Pat Scott (1921-2014) bequeathed to NIVAL and desposited following his death.

2004

Paul Nietsche Collection: photographs of artworks and documentation relating to Ukrainian born artist Paul Nietsche, who lived and worked in Belfast.

2014

Paul Peter Piech Collection: hand-printed material by American graphic designer and printmaker Paul Peter Piech.

1999

Peter Grant (Institute of Sculptors of Ireland): artist's papers relating to Irish sculptor Peter Grant (1915-2003). Records of the Institute of Sculptors of Ireland, which was founded by Grant in the 1950's. 

2007

Pieter Sluis Collection: small collection of books and drawings by Dutch graphic designer Pieter Sluis (1929-2008), who lived and worked in Ireland. 

1997 - ongoing

Posters Collection: Posters compiled by NIVAL relating to Irish artists, designers, galleries and subjects including 1950’s Aer Lingus posters by Gus Melai and Jan de Fouw, NCAD print studio posters and various exhibition posters. Click here to view collection.

2004

Raymond Mintz Collection: artist's papers and photographs relating to American painter Raymond Mintz (1925-2008), who moved to Ireland in 1969.

2005 - 2010

Rosc ’71 Collection: unique collection of correspondence and other documentary materials donated by the Estate of James Johnson Sweeney. 

2005

Sculptors’ Society of Ireland: a collection of 900+ membership records of the SSI, precursor to Visual Artists Ireland, comprised of artists' CV’s, images and proposals for sculpture projects. visualartists.ie

2007 - 2008

Society of Designers Ireland Records: extensive collection of administrative records of the SDI (precursor to the Institute of Designers Ireland) including documentation on ‘Design Week’.  Read more at idi-design.ie

2014

State Art Collection (OPW): correspondence, documentation and images of the Office of Public Works Art in State Buildings collection. www.opw.ie/en/statertcollection

2012

Sweepstakes Collection: advertising material from the Irish Sweepstakes, a lottery established by the Irish Free State, to fund hospitals, that ran from 1930 until 1986. 

1999

Sybil Connolly Collection: small collection of ephemera, mostly press clippings, acquired from the designer. Click here for more information on Sybil Connolly.

2008 - 2010

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios Archive: the complete records of the exhibition and studios programme of one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art venues, from its establishment in 1983 until 2000.  Find out more about TBG&S at www.templebargallery.com

2009

Theo Snoddy Archive: an extensive collection of research and correspondence associated with the publication of Snoddy's The Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century. The collection includes critical writing, reviews and exhibition catalogues.

2015

An Túr Gloine: David Caron's PhD research, incuding images, on An Túr Gloine, a group of stained glass artists, who worked from studio in Pembroke Street, Dublin from 1903 - 1944. See also Michael Healy Collection.

2015

Wallpaper Sample Books and Women's Magazines: three wallpaper sample books and issues of British women's magazines dating from late 1800's.