Overview of Collections

Overview of Collections

The collections held in the University Archives reflect the evolution of the college since its beginnings in 1849. When University College Cork was founded in 1849 under the Queen’s University Act, it was known as Queen’s College Cork (QCC) and it was established along with its sister colleges in Belfast and Galway.

In 1908 under the Irish Universities Act, two new universities – the National University of Ireland and the Queen’s University of Belfast were established and a new charter was issued in December 2nd 1908 changing the name of Queen’s College Cork to University College Cork (UCC).

The archives contain the official records of the University created and accumulated since its foundation in the 1840s. 

The archives include formal records of the college such as

  • Minutes of the College Council and Governing Body

  • College Statutes

  • Faculty Minutes

  • Committee Minutes

  • Title deeds for University premises

  • Student Admission Registers

  • Class rolls

  • Correspondence dating from the 1840s to the 1920s describing the academic and administrative organisation of the college

  • Photographs, plans, drawings and media containing information about the development of the University.

Administrative records

There are also collections of administrative records from departments and the offices of the college dating from the early 20th century onwards, such as

  • the President’s Office

  • Registrar’s office relating to the day-to-day business of educating students,

  • the Secretary’s Office (now the Office of Corporate and Legal Affairs) which includes the administration of committees, personnel, legal issues and the management of college buildings and property

The archives also includes informal records relating to the various student societies and clubs that were set up in the college relating to all extra curricular activities. These records include minute books, club and society accounts and lists of members. There are also records deposited by staff and alumni which can be accepted for deposit under agreed conditions.

Office of Corporate and Legal Affairs

Oifig um Ghnóthaí Corparáideacha agus Dlíthiúla

1 st Floor, East Wing, Main Quadrangle,