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The Crowley project is a five year project at the National Archives of Ireland, to catalogue to international archival standards, the registered papers of the Office of Chief Secretary of Ireland from 1818 to 1852, in order to facilitate public access to one of the most valuable sources of original material for research on Ireland in the first half of the nineteenth century. The project also employs a dedicated conservator to conserve the papers once they are listed.

The project was made possible by a bequest from the late Professor Francis J Crowley. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Professor Crowley was educated at Yale and Princeton, and became a professor of French at the University of California at Los Angeles. Both his parents were born in Ireland, and in his will he bequeathed most of his estate to the Republic of Ireland to be used for the preservation of records of the history of the Irish people.

Work commenced in September 2008, and we are delighted to be able to offer public access to the online catalogue for the first 5 years of papers which have now been listed: 1818, 1819, 1820, 1821 and 1822. These items are available for consultation at the reading room of the National Archives of Ireland, according to usual procedures.

Cataloguing of the years 1823 and 1824 is currently in progress and these lists will be added to this website when complete.

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You can carry out keyword searches as well as browsing the collection in our database. We also have an advanced search where you can create more complex queries.

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Image Gallery

View original documents and maps in the image gallery, organised by year: