County Donegal Committee of Agriculture

Repository: Donegal County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleCounty Donegal Committee of Agriculture
Archive ReferenceIE DON CDCA
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1901-1980
Extent Medium160 items


Creator(s): Donegal County Committee of Agriculture and also Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction.

  • Administrative History ↴

    The county committees of agriculture were set up by the British Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction to administer agriculture related courses and general agricultural and rural economy support across Ireland. Teagasc 'is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bio-economy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability.' (website,
  • Archival History ↴

    Donegal County Council acquired some of the records prior to the setting up of the County Archives Service. The rest were deposited in the County Archives by Teagasc in 2010.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Donegal County Committee of Agriculture and also Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction. ↴

    This is a large collection of records which includes:
    (1) Letters from Dept Agriculture & Technical Instruction
    23 Volumes of correspondence, 1901 – 1930. In bound volume format, the letters are addressed to Donegal County Committee of Agriculture, and are described as ‘re: Live stock, agricultural and technical schemes’. The letters include subjects such as:

    Developing instruction in and training of teachers in ‘experimental science’, ‘sprigging’, embroidery, cookery, laundry work, dressmaking, etc in schools and providing grants for same; and providing instruction in Veterinary hygiene; County Donegal Poultry Scheme; flax shows/ schemes; individual towns’ home industries’ societies’ shows; livestock and other agricultural schemes, e.g., cattle and horse breeding schemes; funds for and prizes for improvement; cottage garden and farm prize schemes etc.
    Also includes financial documentation, e.g, letters sanctioning payments for above schemes and prizes; and correspondence and memoranda from local organisations such as the North West of Ireland Agricultural Society; Ballyshannon co-operative home industries society; merchants etc. (CDCA/1/1- CDCA/1/26).
    Also included are minutes of meetings of the CDCA from 1938 to 1988 (CDCA/3/1 – CDCA/3/8) and annual reports of the CDCA (CDCA/4/1 – CDCA/4/18); reports from other agricultural organisations (CDCA/5/1 – CDCA/5/34); agricultural journals (CDCA/6/1 – CDCA/6/10); British government reports (CDCA/8); agricultural catalogues (CDCA/9); financial documentation (CDCA/11).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    Further accruals from Teagasc in the future are possible.
  • Arrangement ↴

    The collection is arranged in the following order: letters from CDCA and Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction; General documentation; Minutes of meetings; Annual Reports; reports from other agricultural organisations; agricultural journals

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Full access.
Conditions Governing ReproductionBound volumes
Creation Dates1901-1980
Extent Medium160 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqThe collection is in good condition.
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Originals InformationHeld at Donegal County Archives.
Copies InformationNot photocopied.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteNiamh Brennan
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2003, Revised 2010