Friday 3 May 2019

NAI's CSORP collection: 1831 and 1833 now catalogued

Archivists at the National Archives of Ireland have catalogued two more years of files from the Chief Secretary of Ireland Office Registered Papers (CSORP) collection. The additions cover 1831 and 1833. these uploads, catalogues for 1818-1833 are now available on the dedicated CSORP website, along with an overview of the collection and its value to historians and genealogists.

This important resource is one of the most valuable 19th-century collections. The Chief Secretary's Office, located in Dublin Castle, was a key political office for the British administration at the time.

As well as the official records, the archives include unofficial correspondence from private individuals and bodies on a wide variety of topics; some topics of national importance but there are also many personal stories and plights concerning employment, health, unfair incarceration/punishment, religious intolerance, neighbour disputes, and so on.

The cataloguing of the collection has been undertaken by archivists at the National Archives funded largely by a bequest from the late Professor Francis J Crowley, a professor at the University of California and son of Irish-born parents. Work started in September 2008 and is on-going.

The online catalogue is available at and the original documents are freely available for public consultation at the Reading Room of the National Archives in Bishop Street, Dublin 8, subject to the normal rules of the National Archives.