‘From the Archives’: History Hub in Collaboration with UCD Archives


Image from HistoryHub.ie

HistoryHub.ie is a forum for historians to contribute to current policy debates and a media-hub to access the latest in academic research via podcasts.  It is also an on-line resource to view documents from UCD Archives.  

Originally editor of the History and Policy section, I have recently taken over responsibility for the ‘From the Archives‘ section.  The aim is to present original documents allowing the viewing public to reach their own conclusions.  I’m working with Seamus Helferty, principal archivist at UCD Archives, to select documents for digistation from the impressive collections held at UCDA.

The editorial team at History Hub first tested the idea of producing documents from UCD Archives last year when we published the telephone log book of President Patrick Hillery from the fateful night on 27 January 1982 when Garret FitzGerald’s Fine Gael-Labour government fell.  Charles Haughey, along with Brian Lenihan and Sylvester Barrett, repeatedly placed calls in an effort to persuade the President to allow Haughey form a new Fianna Fáil government without holding a general election.  Lenihan later famously denied any knowledge of such calls during the presidential election in 1990, undermining his credibility and fatally compromising his campaign to become the next president of Ireland.  Along with History Hub co-editor Sarah Campbell, I subsequently appeared on RTÉ’s The History Show to discuss the logs and what they reveal with presenter Myles Dungan, and the documents were also the subject of articles on TheJournal.ie and in The Irish Times.

Today, Monday 10 June 2013, the first in what will now be a regular series of monthly posts was made available.  Familiar with that famous image of Eamon de Valera in Indian Headdress?  View the photograph and read a colourful account of his induction into the Chippewa tribe of Indians  here.

It’s an exciting development — and there’s much more of interest on the website, so be sure to check it out: HistoryHub.ie.

The project is funded by the UCD School of History & Archives.  The editorial board includes Dr Paul Rouse (general editor), Dr Sarah Campbell, Dr Conor Mulvagh, Mike Liffey, Dr John McCafferty and Dr Ciara Meehan.


Published by Dr Ciara Meehan

Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire.

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