UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive Working Papers

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The IVRLA is a digital Humanities and Social Sciences repository, which draws on the extensive resources of archival and rare material held in University College Dublin, and allows researchers to access this material in a digitised format, from a single virtual location. The material is arranged in curated collections which can be browsed or searched.

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    Ireland Life-Writing
    (UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 2010) ;
    This paper reports on the Ireland Life-Writing project which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. The project focused on the material that had been collected by an earlier and still ongoing project, the Ireland Life-Writing Archive, which is administered by the UCD School of English, Drama and Film. The scope of the IVRLA phase of the Ireland Life-Writing project was to take the material submitted to date to the Ireland Life-Writing Archive (which had not been fully catalogued due to shortages in funding), complete the cataloguing of it and make a list of these submissions available through the IVRLA. This paper gives an overview of the project context, procedures followed, the final output, and reports on the material collected and digitised, and concludes by suggesting ways in which this research could be further developed.
      99
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    Folklore school games
    (UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 2010) ;
    This paper reports on the Folklore School Games project which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. The project, which was inspired by the example of the 1937-38 Schools’ Scheme (a comprehensive survey of folklore, including games, collected from schoolchildren throughout Ireland which is held in the National Folklore Collection at UCD), was undertaken from October to December 2009 and collected contemporary accounts from children of games they play. The remit of the IVRLA demonstrator projects was to provide digital research resources and to show how digital repositories could not only provide access to archival research materials but could also present material in new ways and suggest themes for further research. This project does so by presenting outputs of the research as a digital collection of image and audio files, and specifically links the 2009 project with the earlier work by including scanned extracts relating to children’s games from the 1937-38 scheme. The paper gives an overview of the project aims, details the planning and conduct of the fieldwork, reports on the material collected and digitised, and concludes by suggesting ways in which this research could be further developed.
      379
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    Folklore schools 1937-38
    (UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 2010) ;
    This paper reports on the Folklore Schools 1937-38 project which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. The purpose of this project was to begin to catalogue, number, and conserve the primary school copybooks entrusted to the National Folklore Collection under the 1937-38 Schools’ Scheme, a nationwide scheme which encouraged sixth class students to write essays on varied folklore topics over an eighteen-month period. The remit of the IVRLA demonstrator projects was to provide digital research resources and to show how digital repositories could not only provide access to archival research materials but could also present material in new ways and suggest themes for further research. This project fulfils this remit by making available a catalogue (in excel format) containing details of all the copybooks examined during this project as well as provisional details of the remaining copybooks in the collection. Sample scanned material also acts as a capsule exhibition for the many thousands of copybooks submitted from children across Ireland. The paper gives an overview of the 1937-38 Schools’ Scheme, details the work involved in creating the catalogue and conserving the copybooks, and concludes with suggestions as to how further cataloguing and digitisation work could facilitate greater access to this significant national resource.
      897
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    Folk music
    (UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 2010) ;
    This paper reports on the digitisation of the folk song and music collected by Tom Munnelly which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. Between 1971 and 2007, Tom Munnelly recorded over 1,500 tapes (over 20,000 songs) of folksong, folk music and folklore, the largest collection of traditional song compiled by a single individual in Ireland. This research project set out to digitise the first year of this collection, which is held on reel-to-reel tape and therefore is at significant risk of obsolescence and deterioration, in order to preserve this important material and make it more widely available. The remit of these projects was to provide digital research resources and to show how digital repositories could not only provide access to archival research materials but could also present material in new ways and suggest themes for further research. This project fulfilled this remit by digitising over 1,100 individual songs and instrumental pieces, creating a detailed catalogue to aid further research, and making a sample of the digitised pieces available online. The paper reports on the stages of the project, discusses the technical and ethical issues encountered, gives an overview of the material digitised, and highlights the urgent need for this digitisation work to be continued in order to preserve this valuable collection.
      290
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    Towards 2016
    (UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 2010) ;
    This paper reports on the Towards 2016 research project which was conducted as part of the UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) series of demonstrator research projects. The project, which was undertaken in the context of the upcoming centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, surveys UCD’s archival holdings of 1916-related material in order to provide an understanding of the Rising itself and, in particular, its re-interpretation in subsequent years. The remit of the IVRLA demonstrator projects was to provide digital research resources and to show how digital repositories could not only provide access to archival research materials, but could also present material in new ways and suggest possibilities for further research. In order to provide a resource that could facilitate research into the cultural, historical, and political resonance of the 1916 Rising, this project extensively surveyed and documented UCD’s 1916-related archival material, digitised a selection of this material, and created an online exhibition collection of the sample digitised material together with detailed resource lists of the complete material. The paper outlines the historical context of the 1916 Rising and its subsequent re-interpretation, discusses the work involved in surveying and documenting the archival holdings, details issues encountered in selecting appropriate material for digitisation, and provides an overview of the historical background of the material presented. It concludes with suggestions for how this and similar projects could be developed in the future.
      949