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John Philip Holland (1840-1914) was an Irish engineer who developed the first submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy. He also designed vessels for the British, Dutch and Japanese governments.

He was born in Liscannor, Co. Clare and was a Christian Brother between 1858 and 1873.

A unique collection of John Philip Holland’s papers and other archive material has been donated to Cork Institute of Technology and is housed in the library of the National Maritime College of Ireland in Ringaskiddy. The Edward M Graf collection details how Christian Brother John Phillip made his first drawings of his submarine while a teacher at Cork’s North Monastery secondary school. It also details how he carried out the first submerged experiments with scale models and explosives in the school’s ornamental pond in 1858 and later in the Lee. The wooden models were built by the North Mon’s renowned science teacher, Br Burke.

The collection which was presented to the National Maritime College comprises over 5,000 photographs, sketches, plans and specifications. It also includes copies of letters from the American, British and Japanese governments outlining to Holland their requirements.

CIT is pleased to announce that the indexes to this collection can be viewed at the National Maritime College Library, Ringaskiddy, Co.Cork

It can also now be viewed online by clicking here.

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25th Anniversary of Founding of the Irish Traditional Music Archive

ITMA Online Catalogue Reaches 750,000+ Content Items

The Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann was founded 25 years ago, on 29 July 1987, at a meeting in the Arts Council in Dublin.

Since that time it has grown from a concept without holdings, staff or premises to become the largest collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music – sound recordings, books, sheet music, ballad sheets, serials, theses, videos, photographs, manuscripts, programmes, posters, flyers, born-digital material, interactive digital music files, etc. – all of which is freely available for open reference access by the general public. The Archive is operated by a permanent staff of 10 and a number of contract and voluntary staff, and its operations are overseen by a voluntary rotating Board of 12. The collection has been built up by an extensive programme of field-collection, copying and digitisation, and by purchase and donation. It is housed in a Georgian heritage building at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, which has been restored for the Archive by the Office of Public Works.

The Archive also now holds the largest collection of information on Irish traditional music, digitally classified, catalogued and indexed on computer databases, and this also is fully accessible in the Archive’s premises. For the past five years this information has also increasingly been made available world-wide on the Internet through the ITMA Online Catalogue, and a huge anniversary tranche of catalogue information has been added to it today.

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ITMA is offering a mentored placement under the FÁS WPP scheme.  Working specifically in images (all formats), this will be an opportunity for anyone with an interest in audio/visual librarianship or digital media.

The successful applicant will contribute to an ongoing project of making ITMA’s image collection digitally available to users. Participants will gain experience in the cataloguing of still & moving images; digitising; image manipulation & video editing to prepare video & images for web-publication. The candidate will gain an overall experience of the range of services & processes at work in a multimedia archive, as well as reader service skills.

Full details available via the ITMA website


Are you a IAML member or do you work for a IAML member institution? Did you attend IAML 2011 in Dublin? Feel like registering for IAML 2012 before February 15? If you answered “yes” to all 3 questions, there is a special Early Bird rate for you! The first 20 people to register for IAML 2012 in Montréal will enjoy a special low rate of $375. Register now!

As we announced at last year’s closing session, IAML members who attended Dublin 2011 have a 2-week window to take advantage of this special Early Bird rate. The higher Regular Early Bird registration opens to all on February 15, 2012. But don’t delay: this offer is valid only for the first 20 registrations or until February 14, whichever comes first.

We look forward to seeing you all in Montréal!

The IAML 2012 Montréal Organizing Committee

Users can now view online the music contained in the entire Hudleston Collection of printed guitar music in digital format. This is freely accessible via the Royal Irish Academy of Music online catalogue.


This unique resource, held in the RIAM special collections, contains over 1,000 works for guitar (both solo and chamber music) in original editions from the 19th century.


It was the private collection of Josiah Andrew Hudleston (1799 – 1865) who lived for many years in Madras and subsequently settled in Ireland in 1857. Throughout his life, Hudleston collected works for guitar composed by his contemporaries, several of whom he knew personally. This corpus of work represents a very flourishing period in the history of guitar music, featuring composers such as Giuliani, Sor and Carulli, and many other lesser known names.


You can search for material by going to our online catalogue and selecting “Hudleston Collection” from the menu of options.


We welcome any feedback from users, which can be sent to



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