Last week, many members of the Stonehill Community were excited to read about the Library’s facsimile copy of The Book of Kells, on display on the second floor of the MacPhaidin Library. In addition to this beautiful replica edition of a highly significant medieval illuminated manuscript, the Library also holds contemporary documents related to Irish history in the twentieth century.
Stonehill College holds the only comprehensive archived collection of Irish Government Documents from 1922 to 2004 in the United States. The collection includes publications from Irish Parliament, government departments and commissions dealing with the matter of public policy. This collection was made possible from generous grants by donors and assembled under the guidance of Professor emeritus Jim Wiles and Professor Richard Finnegan.
You can see a full listing of items in the Irish Government Documents Collection here. Amongst the documents available are reports dealing with community health, crime prevention, transportation, education, tourism and other topics from a wide range of disciplines. The collection also includes reprintings of key documents in Irish history, such as the 1922 Constitution of the Free State of Ireland and the 1937 draft Constitution of Ireland, printed in both English and Irish on opposite pages, as all government documents in the Republic of Ireland are available in both languages.
If you have questions about our Irish Government Documents holdings, contact Liz Chase, Head of Collections, Assessment and User Engagement, by email or by phone at 508-565-1329. For access to items in the Collection, please contact Cheryl Brigante, Head of Technical Services, by email or by phone at 508-565-1151.