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Opening a window to the past: researching archival diaries

Author: Special Collections
When: Monday, July 18, 2022 - 15:15

Opening a window to the past: researching archival diaries

The Opening a window to the past online research guide provides instruction on reading, understanding and researching a range of archival diaries available for research at the Glucksman Library. 

This resource is designed to assist students and researchers at all levels with their research. It is based on three diaries held in the University of Limerick‘s Special Collections and Archives Department. Using these diaries as working examples, it aims to build basic archival and information literacy, and outline useful historical research methods. Its five lessons offer both a broad introduction to the work of the Special Collections and Archives Department and its collections, as well as specific research advice relating to historic research methods, the consultation of archival diaries as sources for social history, and guidance relating to the reading and transcription of archival sources.

This project is a collaboration between the Special Collections and Archives Department at the Glucksman Library and UL’s Department of History. It was funded by the National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and launched in 2021. Read more about the project here.