The Department of Special Collections houses a variety of resources of potential interest to genealogists tracing their Irish family history. Resources housed in the Department emphasize "the Irish in Ireland" more than "the Irish in the United States and Canada”.
The holdings of the Department of Special Collections are fully cataloged. Information on these works is available through CLICnet (http://clicnet.clic.edu/), the Libraries’ online catalog. Materials designated Special – Ref are shelved on the north wall of the department’s Reading Room. For access to other materials on the list, please ask for assistance.
Beginning family historians often know nothing of their Irish background other than the fact that their name is "Irish." The following works may be useful in locating information on surnames.