The Irish Archives Resource is a portal web site that will enable researchers/users to search for publicly accessible archival collections that are located in Ireland. The IAR is funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland and is supported by the Archives and Records Association (Ireland). Further institutional partnerships may also be secured in the future.
The IAR consists of an online database which contains searchable archival descriptions that are created in accordance with national archival guidelines and international archival standards, with web links from each descriptive entry to repository home pages, detailed item level finding aids, databases, or digital objects.
The purpose of the IAR Portal is to:
- Allow users to locate archival collections that are relevant to their research.
- Stimulate the increased use of archival collections across the whole of Ireland by directing researchers to the relevant repositories/archives services.
- Encourage the development and publication of comprehensive, standardised archival descriptions.
- Facilitate access to documents/items by linking to detailed finding aids/descriptive lists, web pages, or digital objects, that are held, for example, on the web site of each repository/archives service.
If your repository wishes to register as a contributor to the site or if you require further information, you can contact the IAR Steering Group, or any of the contributing repositories, by using the Feedback page.