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Ireland Life Writing

Abstract The project’s purpose is to solicit, catalogue, and archive the life-writings of Irish people who wish to contribute accounts of their life experiences.

In collection

Date
2009-06/2009
Extent
2 items
Location of original
Original items located in UCD Archives.
Repository
UCD Archives
Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive
Language
English
Scope and Content
The Ireland Life-Writing Archive was launched by the UCD School of English, Drama and Film in June 2006 and received UCD seed funding. Professor Andrew Carpenter originally directed the project and Dr Eibhlín Evans (and subsequently Dr Dervila Layden) provided contract research services. The project is still ongoing and enquiries or submissions can be made to the Administrator, Life Writing Project at the School of English, Drama and Film. The project’s purpose is to solicit, catalogue, and archive the life-writings of Irish people who wish to contribute accounts of their life experiences. Once catalogued, the written pieces are held by UCD archives and can be consulted by researchers or members of the public. There are no restrictions in terms of format or contributors and no qualitative criteria – writing from young and old, emigrants and immigrants, rural and urban dwellers is all welcome and will provide valuable accounts of a changing society for scholars now and in the future. The scope of the IVRLA phase of this project was to take the material submitted (which had not been fully catalogued), complete the cataloguing of it and make an index of these submissions available through the IVRLA. In doing this work, the project followed the procedures of the earlier project in using a consistent keyword index to catalogue the subjects covered by each submission. Two detailed excel file have been compiled, one for pieces submitted by the authors and the other for pieces submitted by someone else on their behalf (some of which are in the form of anthologies). As well as listing the title, writing type, format and length and so on, the excel file includes the location and time in which the writing is set, and details subjects, specific locations, people, and organisations mentioned. This provides a useful thematic index to maximise the research potential of these valuable first-hand accounts of life in Ireland.
Subjects
Autobiographies

Record source
Finding aid encoded in EAD by the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) - M.S., 18 December 2009.

Finding aid author
Ann McCarry
1 [Life Writing index of authors work] [View...]
2 [Life Writing index of work submitted by non-authors] [View...]

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