LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES

by mariocorrigan on February 15, 2008

Local History Resources
Mario Corrigan – Executive Librarian 
Local Studies Dept.
County Kildare Library and Arts Services
 
CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY – MEMBERSHIP IS FREE IF YOU ARE UNDER 18
         All branch libraries should have
          a local history file
         Reference books such as encyclopaedias and dictionaries
         History books
         Internet access
         Main branches at – Athy, Naas, Celbridge, Leixlip, Newbridge and Maynooth
         Smaller branches at Castledermot, Ballitore, Clane, Kildare Town, Kilcock, Kilcullen, Monasterevin and Rathangan
         Mobile Library –
 
 TYPES OF RESOURCES
         PRIMARY – original documents or resources which were written or compiled around the time of your period of study – books, newspapers, letters, pamphlets, census returns etc.
         SECONDARY – second-hand – usually books or resources written later about the particular incident, person or period which interests you
FORMAT RESOURCES MAKE TAKE 
         Books
         Periodicals
         Newspapers
         Maps
         Postcards, prints and photographs
         Census and Valuations
         Websites –
 www.kildare.ie/library Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives – Online Resources
 
         Books
         Primary – original or contemporary accounts of a particular event or period e.g. 1798 Rebellion or The Famine
         Secondary – e.g. accounts written about the Rebellion around 1998 during the 200 year anniversary or in 1995 during the 150 year anniversary of the beginning of The Famine
         Periodicals – published periodically
         One of the best resources we have for Co. Kildare is the Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society 1891 – present             – all aspects of the history and archaeology of County Kildare
         NEWSPAPERS in Kildare Local Studies Dept. from 1763 – to present
             most important in terms of County Kildare        during your period
        Leinster Leader – 1881 – present
        Kildare Observer – 1880 – 1935
        Leinster Express – 1831 – 1884
        Nationalist and Leinster Times 1880 – 1959
 

         MAPS
        To show exactly where a place is that you are talking about
        To look at any items of interest that might be noted or recorded
         William Petty 1683
         Noble and Keenan 1752
         Alexander Taylor 1783
         Original Ordnance Survey 1837
         POSTCARDS, PRINTS and PHOTOGRAPHS
        Images of the landscape or streets and people of a different time
         How the people dress or the type of transport they use
         How the streets of your town looked 100 years ago
FAMOUS COLLECTIONS – EASON, VALENTINE, LAWRENCE
Local Studies Dept.; National Library;
e.g. Photographic Archive at www.nli.ie
         Census and Valuations
 
         1901 and 1911 Census Returns
 
         Griffith’s Valuation
 
         Websites
 
        www.kildare.ie/library Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives – Online Resources
        www.kildare.ie/library/ehistory LOADS OF PROJECT IDEAS!!
        Possible Projects relating to Co. Kildare from these sites
        Gordon Bennett Motor Race 1903 [Library site]
        All Ireland Football Final 1928 [Library site]
        Co. Kildare in 1837 [Library Site – Lewis]
        Kildare in 1881 – Slater’s Trade Directory [Library site]
        Naas Workhouse – Kildare and The Famine [Library site]
           Naas Workhouse website
           ALSO – Athy Workhouse websiteFrank Taaffe’s Athy website
                       Report on Athy Workhouse in 1896 on EHistory
                       Celbridge Workhouse website
            Article on First Meeting
        Burning of Palmerstown House in 1923 [EHistory]
        Naas Free Library – Opening in 1905 [EHistory]
Have a good look at all the resources on these sites and remember YOU CAN SEARCH EHISTORY for more information or possible topics
OTHER POSSIBLE PROJECTS
        Clongorey Evictions – book by Mary Ryan
        County Kildare in 1798 – focus on particular battle e.g.
                    Battle of Prosperous 1798 (article in Fugitive Warfare)
            –        Battle of Rathangan 1798 (article in History and Society)
            –        Battle of Ovidstown 1798 (article in Fugitive Warfare)
            –        Battle of Ovidstown 1798 (article on EHISTORY)
        Kildare and 1916
        Kildare and the War of Independence
         Kildare and the Civil War
FOR 1916-1923 see James Durney’s Book – On the One Road)
        RAF and Luftwaffe internees on the Curragh WWII (Curragh Local History Book; Guests of the Nation and also Landed in Ireland)
        Ernest Shackleton – Antartic Explorer (lots of books in library; websites)
        Mary Leadbeater – Annals of Ballitore (Annals in Local Studies Dept.)
                Memoir of Mary Leadbeater on EHistory
        King Edwards visit to Punchestown 1904 (Local Newspapers and Naas Local History Book)
        Dan Donnelly’s defeat of Cooper in 1815 (Book on Donnelly by Patrick Myler)
 
[An overview of resources you might use for your history project with loads of possible project ideas!]

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