Archive Fever

Archive Fever is the monthly online feature article published by Beyond 2022. The series highlights the richness of our shared archival heritage, the excitement of archival discoveries and the possibilities of digital humanities collaborations.

Each monthly feature examines a theme, personality, document or technical challenge of particular significance to Beyond 2022’s task of reconstructing Ireland’s past. The features are commissioned by the project’s Principal Investigators, but proposals for submissions are welcome.

7. Charting the Future of the Past

by Ciarán Wallace and Michael Willis

‘It is possible for [a Record Office] to be merely a store, passively receiving such documents as come to it, or to become a means of gathering information and collating knowledge, of making access easy by lucid arrangement and the provision of well-planned indexes.’ - D.A. Chart, 1925 

6. Commonwealth Papers

by David Brown

‘The Lord hath bene pleased of late to manifest sundry tokens of his Anger and Displeasure against his people and poor Servants in this nation.’

5. Lost and Found

by Randolph Jones

‘I now transmit them, in the hope that they may prove interesting to those who consider these memorials of the past to be worthy of preservation.’

4. 10 Years Before The Blaze

by Ciarán Wallace

‘Whatever else the administration did it kept its accounts well … it is far and away superior to the way these things were done in England.’
— Herbert Wood

3. Construction/Destruction

by Peter Crooks and Ciarán Wallace

‘There shall be nothing inflammable within the building except the records themselves; and these, I may observe, would be extremely difficult of combustion.’ 

2. Order from Chaos

by Peter Crooks and Ciarán Wallace
'When the history of Ireland in the past is taken into account, it is more to be wondered at that so much has survived from the chaotic conditions which prevailed in this country.’

1. Baron Lassberg 

by Aideen Ireland with Peter Crooks
‘The entire occurrence was calculated to awaken government to the present disgraceful state of the public records in Ireland.’


0. On 'Archive Fever'

Chris Morash, Vice Provost of Trinity College Dublin

'The one thing that you should never do when preparing welcoming comments for an event is to prepare by reading Jacques Derrida—so I did precisely that.'