Kildare County Archive
Archives are records of continuing value. They are the raw material of history from which we can study and understand the development of past organisations, communities and individuals.
Fortunately quality archive collections have survived for Co. Kildare. These include material relating to the Grand Jury system, the Boards of Guardians and the Rural District Councils.
Kildare County Council intends to provide public access to these archives on the broadest possible basis in keeping with archival best practice and existing legislation governing access. The County Archive facility will develop as a valuable community resource for local studies and for the wider research community.
What does a county archivist do?
- We ensure that, through our work, that the records of today are preserved for future generations. The records can then be used to show the life, ideas and decisions of the original creators, linking the past, present and future.
- We appraise records with the help of those who originally received, created or/and used them
- We arrange and describe these selected records in order to allow efficient and effective access and retrieval.
- We preserve records and apply basic conservation techniques to those which are damaged or deteriorating.
- We provide expert advice on the care and management of specialized media, for example, electronic records.
- We facilitate the work of a variety of researchers with diverse topics of inquiry.
- We meet legal obligations in areas such as copyright, patent protection, data protection and Freedom of Information.
- We offer records management advice to organizations, as required.
- We encourage public awareness of the cultural significance of archives through various outreach activities.