Launch of Audit of Historical Photographic Collections

The launch of an audit and database of historical photographic collections for County Donegal will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny next Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

The launch of an audit and database of historical photographic collections for County Donegal will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Port Road, Letterkenny next Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the Bealtaine Festival.

Mayor of County Donegal Councillor Cora Harvey, will launch the audit and database which was compiled by Rónán McConnell. There will be an illustrated presentation on the content of the photographic collections and the use of the database on the evening. The launch is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

  “The audit of historical photographic collections in public care identified those photographic collections that contained images from County Donegal and established a searchable database that gives people an overview of the Donegal places and themes addressed in those collections” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “If you’ve ever wondered what historical photographs of County Donegal exist in publicly-accessible collections, this database will provide an efficient means for searching the indexes to these photographic collections. The audit and database will also prove to be a useful tool for researchers and teachers.”

Included in the audit and database are collections such as the Eason and Lawrence collections, the R.J. Welch, Hogg and Green collections, the Cooper collection,; the Bigger-McDonald collection, the Donegal County Museum postcard collection which is housed in the County Museum in Letterkenny and the Donegal County Archive collections based in the Donegal County Archives in Lifford. There are over 3,250 documented images of County Donegal in these collections and the database can be added to as more information and access becomes available to historical photographic collections in public and private care.

The database of historical photographic collections for County Donegal can be consulted at the Donegal County Archives in Lifford, and the Donegal County Museum and Central Library in Letterkenny but it is hoped to make it available on-line with the development of the Donegal County Council website. Copies of the guide to the audit and the use of the database are available free-of-charge from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Cultural Services, Donegal County Council on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at: heritage@donegalcoco.ie