Clare County Archives
Clare County Archives provides an integrated cultural and information service to researchers at home and abroad. The county archives seek to maintain the highest preservation standards possible for the collections in its care while seeking to maximise public knowledge of and access to archives. The archives is a county-wide service and in addition to local authority records, it also collects other material relating to the county including private papers, solicitors papers, architectural drawings, maps and plans, estate papers, photographic collections, and records of academic, social, and economic institutions.
‘To collect, preserve, promote and provide access to County Clares rich archival heritage.’
Importance of local archives
Information is one of the oldest and most powerful resources created by the human race. Archives contain information and are a great national resource as they document the history and identity of communities nationwide. They also protect the interests of individuals, organisations, and society in general. Archival material is generally over thirty years old and is often paper-based, however, other media can include vellum and parchment, photographs, slides, maps, plans and drawings, film, video, and sound recordings. The main objective of the archivist is to manage archival material ensuring its long-term protection, preservation and accessibility.
Statutory provision for the protection of local authority archives was introduced in the Local Government Act in 1994.
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