The Irish Architectural Archive is one of the most useful resources for researchers, but is facing closure during July, August and September due to lack of funding. The Archive is a charity and is seeking funding to sustain the organisation. Further details on how to donate are available on their website.
The Irish Architectural Archive was established in 1976 to collect and preserve material of every kind relating to the architecture of Ireland, and make it available to the public. The Archive’s accessions include a wide range of single items including books, pamphlets, drawings, photographs and models, and an extensive collection of drawings and files created by large architectural practices.
The collection has the largest body of historic architectural records in Ireland, including the most significant body of historic Irish architectural drawings in the world, with in excess of 250,000 drawings ranging in date from the late seventeenth. Also housed in the Archive are over 400,000 photographs, making this one of the largest collections of photographs in Ireland. There is also an extensive reference library, with more than 15,000 items of printed matter.